91:1 He that dwelleth in the a secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
(a) He who makes God his defence and trust will
perceive his protection to be a most sure safeguard.
91:2 b I
will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I
(b) Being assured of this protection, he prays to
91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the c
snare of the fowler, [and] from the noisome pestilence.
(c) That is, God's help is most ready for us,
whether Satan assails us secretly which he calls a snare, or openly which is
here meant by the pestilence.
91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and
under his wings shalt thou trust: his d
truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler.
(d) That is, his faithful keeping of promises to
help you in your need.
91:5 e Thou
shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; [nor] for the arrow [that] flieth
(e) The care that God has over his is sufficient
to defend them from all dangers.
with thine f eyes shalt thou behold and
see the reward of the wicked.
(f) The godly will have some experience of
God's judgements against the wicked even in this life, but they will see it
fully at that day when all things will be revealed.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
(g) God has not appointed one angel to every man,
but many to be ministers of his providence to keep and defend his in their
calling, which is the way to walk in without tempting God.
91:13 Thou shalt tread upon
the lion and adder: the h young lion and
the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
(h) You will not only be preserved from all evil,
but overcome it whether it is secret or open.
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.
(i) To assure the faithful of God's protection,
he brings in God to confirm the same.
91:16 With k
long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
(k) For he is content with that life that God
gives for by death the shortness of this life is recompensed with immortality.