1 - As we move toward sharing a joy, a concern, a word of
testimony or praise, we take time to listen to a psalm full of
promise, especially since the music our guests from the
Friendship church will play before our prayer is based upon
these words. The 91st psalm speaks comfort within
conflict, hope amid discouragement, peace in place of fear. Do
note, however, that this promise can be misunderstood as an
escape from trouble. Satan borrowed some of these words, after
all, to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. But our Lord instead
chose the way of the cross over the rescue of angels. God does
provide refuge in the storm, but in the process we are lifted up
“on eagle’s wings” to face into our fears and fly with Christ.
Listen now to Psalm 91.
(pause a moment to indicate
scripture is beginning)
1 - You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in
the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord,
2 - “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”
1 - For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and
from the deadly pestilence;
2 - he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you
will find refuge;
1 - his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
2 - You will not fear the terror of the night,
1 - or the arrow that flies by day,
2 - or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
1 - or the destruction that wastes at noonday.
2 - A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right
1 - but it will not come near you.
2 - You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of
1 - Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High
your dwelling place,
2 - no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.
1 - For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you
in all your ways.
2 - On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not
dash your foot against a stone.
1 - You will tread on the lion and the adder,
2 - the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
1 - Those who love me, I will deliver;
2 - I will protect those who know my name.
1 - When they call to me, I will answer them;
2 - I will be with them in trouble,
1 - I will rescue them and honor them.
- With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my
from the New Revised Standard Version,
copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the
Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of
Used by permission. All rights reserved.