Psalm 91:4 - God's Faithfulness And Truth Will Protect And Preserve Us.
Psa. 91:4; God's Faithfulness And Truth Will Protect And
Psa 91:4 (KJV) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under
his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and
Psa 91:4 (NIV) He will cover you with his feathers, and under
his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield
Psa 91:4 (TEV) He will cover you with his wings; you will be
safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you.
Psa 91:4 (AMP) [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and
under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His
faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.
Psalm 91:4 (NLT) He will shield you with his wings. He will
shelter you with his feathers. His faithful promises are your armor and
A Reason for Singing - Psalms 90-97: Heart of the Passage: Psalm
Overview: Though the authors of most of the psalms you read
today are unknown, the Object of their worship is well known: the God
of eternity (90), the God of protection (91), the God of greatness
(92), the God of majesty (93), the God of vengeance (94), the God of
salvation (95), the God of glory (96), and the God of holiness (97). [Your
Daily Walk SB]
HEADINGS FOR PSALM 91:
Psalm 91 Security of the One Who Trusts in the LORD.
Psalm 91 Safe in the Lord
Psalm 91 My Refuge and My Fortress
This entire psalm praises God as Savior. In saving us God
responds to our love for Him (v. 14). [Disciple SB]
After an affirmation of the security and loving care of God for
his people, the LORD addresses them, inviting their love and their
petitions, and promising them support in trouble. [Cambridge Annotated SB]
This psalm of trust may be outlined as follows: the bases of
security found in the character (vv. 1-2) and care (vv. 3-8) of God; and
the blessings of security--His protection (vv. 9-13) and His love
(vv. 14-16). [Ryrie SB]
Psalm 17:8 (KJV) Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under
the shadow of thy wings,
Psalm 57:1 (KJV) Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto
me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings
will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
Ruth 2:12 (KJV) The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward
be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art
come to trust.
Deut. 32:10, 11 (KJV) He found him in a desert land, and in the
waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept
him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest,
fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth
them on her wings:
Isaiah 43:2 (KJV) When thou passest through the waters, I will
be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee:
when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither
shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Matthew 23:37 (KJV) O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest
the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often
would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth
her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
Wings. Metaphor for the protective outreach of God's power. [NIV
SB re 17:8]
This prayer functioned as a blessing by a Temple priest for
worshipers seeking God's help. Such intercession provides comfort and hope.
The divine response (vv. 14-16) solidifies the worshiper's faith.
Jesus' own experience in Pilate's court, Gethsemane, and on
Golgotha shows that God's faithful people suffer physical harm and pain.
In all suffering and trouble we can turn to God, experience His
presence, and feel the spiritual security He gives. Our problems never
outnumber God's resources. [Disciple SB]
God is a shelter, a refuge when we are afraid. The writer's
faith in the Almighty God as Protector would carry him through all the
dangers and fears of life. This should be a picture of our
trust--trading all our fears for faith in him, no matter how intense our fears.
To do this we must "dwell" and "rest" with him (91:1). By
entrusting ourselves to his protection and pledging our daily devotion to
him, we will be kept safe. [Life Application SB]
Transport yourself mentally from the place where you are sitting
to a distant and sultry desert. The sun is your fiercest foe, and a
shady spot your most desired friend. But as far as the eye can see,
there are no trees ... no caves ... no shady places of refuge. Then
suddenly you remember a secret place - a haven that the casual eye might
miss. And there, protected from the heat, you find shade and shelter.
God's love is like that. A haven ... a refuge ... a shady spot in the
noonday afflictions of life. Perhaps that's just the "breath of fresh
air" you need today to persevere in your service for him. If so, then
"take five" in the shadow of the Almighty (91:1-2) as you look for and
circle the six "I will's" that God has promised in verses 14-16 for
those he loves. Be refreshed in his presence today! [Daily Walk
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and
through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest
through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame
kindle upon thee. Isa 43:2 (KJV)
He that by faith chooses God for his protector, shall find all
in him that he needs or can desire. [Matthew Henry Commentary]
Why compare God to a bird? Mother birds are known for the
protection they give their young, especially beneath their own wings. Jesus
used a similar metaphor when he longed to gather the city of
Jerusalem under his wings (Luke 13:34). The softness of a bird's
protection is balanced by the hard, solid protection of a shield in the
second half of the verse. God provides both for his people. [Quest SB]
Under His Wings
An article in National Geographic several years ago provided a
penetrating picture of God's wings.
After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers
began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. One
ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely
on the ground at the base of a tree.
Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird
with a stick. When he struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from
under their dead mother's wings.
The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had
carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them
under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would
rise. She could have flown to safety, but had refused to abandon her
When the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small
body, the mother had remained steadfast. Because she had been willing
to die, that those under the cover of her wings would live . . .
"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you
will find refuge." Psalm 91:4
Being loved this much should make a difference in your life.
Remember the One who loves you and then, be different because of it.