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Psalm 91 (New International Version)

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare

and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you make the Most High your dwelling-

even the LORD, who is my refuge-

10 then no harm will befall 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 upon the lion and the cobra;

you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 ‘Because he loves me,’ says the LORD, ‘I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him

and show him my salvation.’

If you don’t already do so, you might consider praying God’s word back to him.  Psalm 91 is one of the best scriptures you can pray for a soldier or anyone who faces danger.  You can either insert the person’s name where appropriate and pray it back to God verbatim, or simply form every statement into a request to God on behalf of your soldier. If praying verse 4, your prayer might say, Father God, cover John with your feathers,

and help him to find refuge under your wings. Let your faithfulness be his shield and rampart.

Naturally, if the soldier in your life has not come into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, you can and should pray for that above all.  Death is a very real possibility for those on the battlefield, but eternal life is God’s gift to every person who asks for it.  So if your soldier has not asked, pray that the Lord will inspire him or her to do so.

Will you take a moment to pray this Psalm back to God on behalf of someone who may need it? If no one comes readily to mind, ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of someone.  At the very least, you can pray it for yourself. Be encouraged by the truth of God’s word. Let his promises wash over you, saturate your mind, and become your joyful preoccupation as you go throughout your day.

Be blessed, Family!

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