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What does Psalm 91 NIV [really] mean? (Deep Dive) | Find Refuge in the Shadow of the Almighty

June 17, 2021

The Bible, and specifically the book of Psalms, is full of wisdom and encouragement. Psalm 91 (New International Version), in particular, is a chapter dedicated to acknowledging God’s protective hand over your life. 

As you take a closer look at Psalm 91, specifically, the New International Version (NIV), you can start to grasp how protective, caring and loving of a Father, God truly is.  

 

 

1. What does Psalm 91:1-2 NIV mean?

Psalm 91:1-2 is talking about "rest in the shadow of the Almighty" can mean "in the presence of God." God is always surrounding you, he is everywhere to be with you and protect you. The "shelter" is given to us, His believers from a storm, enemy or anything that can harm us. And we can rest in the"shadow" of God. Literally, if you are in the shadow of anything it doesn't give much protection at all but look at it as an image. When you are close enough the shadow of God, our protector is on us and will keep us safe. 

As a child of God, you can wake up every single day and exclaim affirmations such as “He is my refuge and my fortress” as a daily reminder of God’s protection over your life. Every Christian, and every person who believes in God, dwells in the shelter of His Almighty Kingdom.

Psalm 91:1-2 NIV says, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” 

 

2.  What does Psalm 91:4 NIV mean?

The meaning of Psalm 91:4 is about us taking shelter under the wings of God like we are still young birds and God is our mother. He will cover us “with his feathers,” and we will “find refuge.” God is our protector because he is faithful. Our relationship with him always rests on his faithfulness, which is unfailing.

 

 

Psalm 91:4 NIV says, “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

 

3. What does Psalm 91:5-10 NIV mean?

Psalm 91:5-10 ultimately means that God is the most powerful. The Bible gives us many different images of God, depicting His power. He is a great lion, but also under His wings you will find a place of shelter and protection. He shall be a fortress and a refuge for you. He will always protect you.

Psalm 91:5-10 NIV says, “You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,nor the deadly pestilence that stalks in the darkness...A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling,no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.”

4. What does Psalm 91:11-12 NIV Mean?

Psalm 91:11-12 is the Lord's promise that Angels are guarding and protecting us, God's children. And we believe and have faith that God's angels are guarding us. God commands the angels to guard us in all our ways. And he keeps us safe no matter how great the danger. 

 

Psalm 91:11 canvas in the living room above gray sofa

Here is a beautiful reminder of the words of Psalm 91:11. Remember that surely He will save you and command His angels concerning you and your long life. You can view our Psalm 91 Wall Art collection. 

 
Psalm 91:11-12 NIV says, “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

5. What does Psalm 91:13-16 NIV mean?

Psalm 91:13-16 means that you do not have to work to earn God’s love or His protection. Simple because you love Him and are His beloved child, He shall rescue you, protect you and keep you from harm. If you are ever scared, weary, fearful, doubtful, anxious or uncertain of anything, God is right there with you. Do not give up, just call out to Him, pray and ask for His guidance and protection.

Psalm 91:13-16 NIV says, “‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.’” 

Affirmations to Take from Psalm 91

It is important to remind yourself of these encouragements on a daily basis to fight off any evil the devil tries to throw your way. God can give you the strength to get through any day. Here are some affirmations to repeat every single day. “I am a child of God.  I rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  He is my refuge and my fortress, my God.”

Final Thoughts on Psalms 91 (NIV Version)

As much as you can find peace in knowing that as a child of God, no deadly pestilence or harm will come against you, it is important to understand that this doesn’t mean you will never experience struggles.  God is a place to find refuge - His faithfulness will never fail you. 

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