Psalm 91 Protection: How to Activate God’s Word

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Psalm 91 is filled with many wonderful promises of protection- safety from hidden dangers, deadly diseases, terror (or terrorists), flying arrows (or bullets!), pestilences, disasters, destruction (tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, car wrecks etc.) It goes on to say, “ A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.”

But, like other promises in the Bible, God’s promises of protection are not automatic just because you are born again. You must activate the promises in order to get them working in your life. So how do you do that? We’ll look at a clue in Psalm 91:1, “He that lives in the shelter of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

To abide means to continually spend time with God- worshiping Him, talking to Him, spending time in His Word and obeying Him. If you have been been doing things you know are not pleasing to God, simply repent and ask God to help you live the way He wants you to.

Meditating on scriptures is an important part of spending time with God. According to John 1:1, God and His Word are one.

Whatever scriptures you want to “activate” in your life are the ones you need to meditate on. To meditate means to mutter, to speak, to ponder, to imagine, to talk, or to study.

To “activate” the protection offered in Psalm 91, start by reading the chapter out loud several times. If possible, read it from several different Bible translations. Also personalize it and think about what you are saying. The way you personalize it is by saying “I” or “me” where appropriate and customizing it to fit your particular situation.

For example if you are dealing with cancer, instead of saying, “Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence,” you might say, “Certainly God delivers me from cancer.”

If you fear a terrorist attack, start declaring, “My family and I are protected. No evil comes near me!”

Perhaps you are a parent or Sunday School teacher. Speak the scriptures over your children as well or read them out loud and have the children repeat them after you. This will get God’s Word in them and help them learn these principles while they are young. It may save their lives one day.

Keep saying the scriptures over and over, like you really mean it. As you say them, imagine yourself experiencing the promises in your life and thank God that His Word is alive and powerful and it always works.

Do this daily as often as you need to, till all fear leaves and you are fully confident of God’s protection over your life.

In order to keep fear out and your faith built up, read the scriptures at least once a day.

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Psalm 91

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.