The more we hear about the coronavirus, the more dangerous it seems.  We could inadvertently infect or be infected by those who are closest to us.

Even if we follow the guidelines carefully, we’re bound to slip up, and if we’re unlucky enough to slip at the wrong time, we could get infected.

Psalm 91 is known as the protection Psalm.  There are many stories.  For instance, I can remember reading about a Brigade commander in WWI who gave a card with Psalm 91 to each of his men. They agreed to recite it daily. The story goes that they were involved in three of the bloodiest battles in WWI yet suffered no casualties despite other brigades suffering heavy losses.

(Admittedly, some claim the story is a myth, as it does not seem to be properly documented anywhere.  Wars are messy, and lots of things aren’t documented.  Even so, the story has appeared in several books published back in the days when editors were more careful about the truth.  The original sources could actually have been soldiers from this brigade.).

Psalm 91

Security under God’s Protection

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
Say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
For He will rescue you from the snare of the fowler,
from the destroying pestilence.

With his pinions He will cover you,
and under His wings you shall take refuge;
His faithfulness is a buckler and a shield.
You shall not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day;
Not the pestilence that roams in darkness
nor the devastating plague at noon.

Though a thousand fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right side,
near you it shall not come.

Rather with your eyes shall you behold
and see the requital of the wicked,
Because you have the Lord for your refuge;
you have made the Most High your stronghold.

No evil shall befall you,
nor shall affliction come near your tent,
For to His angels He has given command about you,
that they guard you in all your ways.
Upon their hands they shall bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the asp and the viper;
you shall trample down the lion and the dragon.
Because he clings to me, I will deliver him;
I will set him on high because he acknowledges my name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in distress;
I will deliver him and glorify him;
with length of days I will gratify him
and will show him my salvation.

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