Psalms 91 Protection Prayer

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It is true that Psalm 91 is used as a Prayer of Protection.

But why?

In short, Moses.

This post will share the history behind Psalms 91 protection prayer, identify the meaning, and guide how to pray Psalm 91: giving 8 prayer points for personal prayer.

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  1. The History of Psalms 91 protection prayer
  2. What are the words in Psalms 91
  3. Psalms 91: 1 Mini bible study
  4. What are the promises found in Psalms 91
  5. How to pray Psalms 91 for protection?

History of Psalms 91 Protection Prayer

Moses in Mount Sinai received both written and oral commandments. The written commandments were on tablets of stone. The oral commandments ( called the Talmud) were passed down to Joshua, the elders, then generations.

Therein lie the hidden secrets, customs and traditions, and God-given aid found in the Book of Psalms for His children.

In Judaism, the written and oral law is as important. The oral law is used to guide and interpret what is in the written law.

The Midrash [ancient biblical text found in the Talmud] states that Moses composed Psalms 91 after completing the Tabernacle in the wilderness. When he entered, the Divine essence of God enveloped him.

I could only imagine the sweetness of God's embrace that caused the heart of Moses to gush out these words " He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High". Indeed, Moses had found that secret place!

Other texts suggest that Psalms 91 protection prayer was composed and said by Moses while descending into the clouds on Mount Sinai to protect from angels of destruction.

It is no wonder that Psalms 91 have become known traditionally by both Jewish people and Christians as a Psalms of Protection.

What Are the Words of Psalms 91

Psalms 91 Scriptures (KJV):

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.

A Summarized Psalm 91 Meaning

The message of Psalm 91 conveys protection from evil. It is a Psalm used in moments of crisis when fearing bodily harm or danger.

The Jewish Talmud states that "one who recites it with faith in God will be helped by Him in time of danger"

According to the Midrash, this Psalm references the names of Evil Spirits that plagues man, including the "Terror", "Arrow", "Pestilence", and "Destruction" found in vs 5 and 6.

Is Psalms 91 a prayer? Yes. According to "the Biblical Jewish Life and Thought", Psalms 91 is often recited for protection before embarking on a journey.

Psalm 91: 1 Meaning [ A Little Bible Study on the 1st verse]

If you were to do a personal Bible Study, you'd soon realize that there is so much to discover!

In the interest of time, this post will stick to only verse 1. 

First thing's first - let's put this chapter into perspective.

The author being Moses, Psalms 91 was written in conjunction with Numbers - as the children Israel traveled through the wilderness to the promised land.

Reading the biblical accounts of their travels, you know they came upon great trials, their Faith was tested, many died in the wilderness, but the Mighty hand of God weakened and destroyed thousands of their enemies.

Moses wrote these words after experiencing - and overcoming - some mega challenges!

Doesn't this sound like what we are experiencing right now?

In the wilderness of this world, we are up against a challenge that threatens our very lives, health, and safety:

What shall we do?

Through his wisdom Moses penned these words to know precisely how we can remain safe and overcome every challenge - we must "dwell in the secret place."

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty"

Let's first look at these three words

"He that dwelleth ..."

Psalm 91 began by letting us know whom the next few verses ( 1 - 16) are for. Not any and anybody - but"He that dwells ..."

What does it mean to dwell?

Dwell - according to Mr. Oxford - means to "live in and remain in a specified place."

So, our responsibility is not only to seek, but when we find it - we must remain there. 

Where must we dwell?

... In the secret place.

The Sweetest part of this verse for me is found in that very word.


He that dwelleth in ...

"In" in Hebrew is the word "Bet."

Although there is plenty to discover from this one word, Bet represents that which is closed off from above, below, and behind - totally protected by the power of the force of His Spirit. 


What a whopper of a revelation that this!

In that place, we are covered and protected by the force of His Spirit - nothing can touch us unless God himself allows it.

What is the Secret Place of the Most High in Psalms 91?

The Hebrew word for "secret place"  means hidden or concealed by a covering.

This covering is the Most High.

The Hebrew name for The Most High is "El Elyon" which means the one who has full strength, total sovereignty ( authority and power), and supremacy ( superior to all other authority).

What a blessing to be covered by the one that has all control

What Are the Promises Found in Psalms 91

  1. That he shall deliver you and I from every snare and pestilence ( vs 3)
  2. He shall cover us with his feathers ( as a mother hen with her chicks ) - vs 4
  3. We can confide in Him ( vs 4)
  4. His truth will be our shield and coat of armor ( vs 4)
  5. He shall give us peace ( 5 -6)
  6. Death shall not come nigh us ( vs 7)
  7. No evil shall befall you ( vs 10)
  8. He shall set angels to keep you and bear you up (vs 11 -12)
  9. You shall forever be victorious ( vs 13)
  10. He has set His total adoration upon you ( vs 14)
  11. He will be with you and deliver you in trouble (vs 14, 15 )
  12. He will satisfy you with long life ( vs 16)

How to Pray Psalms 91 For Protection?

How do you pray for a Hedge of protection around you and your family? These next 8 points will provide tips you can use to do so:

1. Memorize the Prayer

Psalms 91 protection prayer is the complete Psalm, not just a few verses.

If you are like me, music makes learning anything easier. So, I've created a Psalms 91 audio reading for you, here.

Or you can read it seven times each morning before you leave home. Learning this whole Psalms 91 makes it easier for you to these next Psalms 91 prayer points

2) Recite Psalm 91 protection prayer before leaving your home - keeping your mind focused on the loving kindness of God

3) Continually roll over the words of the Psalms in your head throughout the day as you along your journey.

4) Replace the area that says "He" "thee" "I" - with your name and the names of your family when reciting the prayer

5) Print the complete Psalm 91 protection prayer and place it at the entrances of your homes

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6) Print the entire Psalm ( in a tiny font) and carry it in your wallet/purse/phone case holder

7) Wear it around Your neck

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8) Don't forget to keep a copy of Psalm 91 protection prayer in your vehicle. I hang mines on my front-rear-view mirror.

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