Lesson 5, Series 2, Psalm 91, Lectio Divina

Psalm 91 (TNIV)

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
They say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
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,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because they love me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue them;
I will protect them, for they acknowledge my name.
15 They will call on me, and I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will deliver them and honor them.
16 With long life I will satisfy them
and show them my salvation. ”

Preparation:  Place yourself under the shelter of the Most High God and allow yourself to feel the safety of being under the protection of the Lord of Lords.

Lectio:  Read through Psalm 91 in its entirety, noting the theme of God as our shelter.  Read through a second time, highlighting key words or phrases which stand out to you as you read.

Meditatio:  Meditate on the words and phrases that caught your attention, allowing them to fill your spirit.  Write down any questions that come to mind.  Keep in mind that this Psalm speaks to just one of the moods of faith, that of safety and security under the care of a loving God.  Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with a sense of that safe and secure place.

Oratio:  As you pray, revisit the questions that may have come up in your meditation.  Address them to God, and pray for an understanding of the childlike faith that can allow you to rest in the arms of God.

Contemplatio:  Bask in the knowledge that no final evil can befall us as children of God.  Rest in the assurance that when all is taken into consideration, we can never be separated from the love of God.

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