Psalm 91: “When he calls to me, I will answer him.”

When I was in high school, I was challenged to memorize Psalm 91. I’m thankful I took the challenge because every part of this chapter became a grasping verse every time I need help, especially when I was in college. I was studying in the Philippines while my parents were working abroad. I had to hold on to someone greater than me, someone to help me whenever I’m afraid, lost, or in need of guidance. I found this chapter as God’s sweet promise for those who takes refuge in him. For those who acknowledge him as God. Until now, these verses resonate through me. Read on and may it help you through your tough times. =)

Psalm 91: My Refuge and My Fortress

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
    and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my refuge[b]
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

I keep on reading this chapter over the years and its meaning just deepens more and more. It’s God’s covenant, his promise to those who trusts in him.

It’s like a vow one makes during a wedding. =) Just imagine God saying this to you once you give your full commitment to him:

I will protect you

I will deliver you

I will be with you in trouble

Whenever you feel you need help, remember that this is God’s promise to those who make him as his dwelling place. =)

Maybe you need help right now or someone to deliver you out of the mess you’ve got into. God’s promise never change from the ancient of days until now. If you run to him as your refuge, as your dwelling place, he will be true to his word and rescue you. You can make that decision now. =) Make him your shelter, a dwelling place in times of trouble. =) Enjoy his promises and enjoy the freedom he gives.

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9 thoughts on “Psalm 91: “When he calls to me, I will answer him.”

  1. I can’t remember what year pero Psalm 23 naman pinamemorize sa amin. When I feel scared, I will just remind myself “Though, I will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me”. This verse gives me an assurance that I’m not alone.

  2. I find it inspiring that you already was able to establish a good relationship with the Lord at a young age. When I was in college, I am just like any ordinary gal finding strength from friends than from God. I hope my boys will develop your kind of faith. Of course, with our guidance and their school.

    1. My parents played a big role on this one. They kept on planting seeds on us when we were growing up. I personally had ups and downs in my walk with God, but in the end He’s the only one who can restore, so I kept running back to Him. =) I’m pretty sure your boys will be anchored in Him. I’ve seen how you’ve invested time in planting God’s word in them. =) God bless! =)

  3. The verses are familiar but I have never memorized Psalm 91. 🙁 But thankfully, I was able to memorize Psalms 1 & 23. So many wonderful promises in the book of Psalms! Not just promises but also many praises. Really great to read especially when we’re feeling down. I agree, napakaganda ng promise ni Lord – that He will deliver us and keep us from harm.

  4. I am not a heavy Bible reader but some of my favorite passages are also from Psalms. I do not think I can memorize something as long as this, though! Haha. Yes, it is important that we anchor ourselves on HIS words and promises to encourage us, especially during the hard times. Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

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