Other than the 23rd Psalm, Psalm 91 is probably the next favorite of so many believers. It is the psalm prayed over husbands and sons in the military, over those facing cancer, divorce, or other overwhelming storms. It is a psalm we need in our hearts.
But it can also be confusing — because we ask: “If God promises to deliver me, then why did my child die? Why did my husband walk out?” Let’s consider this psalm carefully.
The women participating on this blog are of such depth, that I’m excited to see what you discover this week.
Prepare your heart with music based on Psalm 91. Contemplate the one in A Woman of Worship. Find other songs — this psalm has inspired many. Suggest them to us. Or find hymns or spiritual songs with the same theme — a shelter in the storm.
TO HELP YOU DIG — TAKE THEM ONE BY ONE OR HOWEVER YOU LIKE
1. Read the whole psalm slowly.
A. What promises do you find? What conditions? (Give verse references)
B. What evidence can you find in the psalm that God is not promising freedom from trouble? (Give verse references)
C. If a passage or picture catches your attention, stop and meditate. This is a dialogue with God, and He is speaking. Tell us what you see and hear.
D. Ask the Lord to give you one picture, one passage, that He would like you to hide in your heart. Do it by the end of the week. Work on it daily.
2. Under His Shadow
A. Meditate on verse 1. There’s a condition and a promise. Find them.
B. What further insight does Song of Songs 2:3 give you about what it means to rest in His shadow?
C. If you have A Woman of Worship or Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest (July 4 devotion) what insight does he give on the shadow?
3. Under His Wings
A. What maternal attributes of God can you see in verse 4a?
B. In Isaiah, God asks — can a mother forget the baby at her breast? She may — but I will not forget you. (This is my daughter Sally with her new Sadie.) What comfort does this give you?
C. How does Jesus echo Psalm 91:4 in Matthew 23:37?
4. Psalm 91:4-7 sustained the young Charles Spurgeon when he was a young pastor in the cholera epidemic. If you know the story, summarize it here.
5. He Will Command His Angels (Psalm 91:9-16)
A. Have you ever thought you may have had a rescue because of angels? If so, share your story succinctly here.
B. What condition do you find in verse 9?
C. What amazing promises do you find in verses 10-13?
D. How do you reconcile these promises with the fact that harm does seem to come to believers who have made the Lord their refuge? (For those who have been with us through The God of All Comfort, you may be able to mentor here. For those of you who have A Woman of Worship, Corrie and Betsie ten Boom’s story may help.)
6. How did Jesus experience both harm and a rescue? How can you see Him in the psalm?
7. As you read over what women have shared this week, as you contemplate this psalm, as you hide His Word in your heart — what particularly stands out to you and why?