Psalm 91 is a familiar and loved portion of scripture for many, containing over twenty promises. Each promise exemplifies as aspect of God’s sovereign protection.
“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”
The expression, “got you covered” is not recent. Although the author of this psalm isn’t fully known, many scholars attribute it to Moses. Now that goes back a few years! Even Merriam-Webster’s 1066 edition included the definition:
“to have done, gotten, or provided whatever is needed :
take care of everything
Don’t worry about a thing.
We’ve got you covered.”
Many birds are known for the way they offer complete protection for their young by holding them safely under their feathers. It is an image depicting both gentleness and strength.
“I Will Say”
The psalmist declares:
” I will say of the Lord,
He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91: 2
Typically a fortress was built of rock on elevated ground, often surrounded by a moat or high wall. Declaring God as our fortress is saying He alone is our ultimate protection.
Do difficulties come? Absolutely!
Is there evil around us? Most assured!
In the midst of it all –
God has me covered!
“If You Say”
The psalmist now encourages everyone to the same acknowledgment toward God.
“If you make the LORD your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,”
For He commands angelic armies to guard you, lifting your up in their hands giving you supernatural empowerment to face the fiercest foes.
“You will tread on the lion
and the cobra,
you will trample the great lion
and the serpent.”
Psalm 91: 13
The “lion” here represents all open and violent foes; the “cobra,” all secret and malignant ones. The young lion (kephir, the lion in the height of his strength) and the serpent (tannin, the most dreadful form of serpent) shalt thou trample under your feet.
“Says The Lord”
It’s one thing when I say something or when you say something to be true. It is totally different when God declares truth!
“Because he loves me…”
God responds to our feeble love and acknowledges us! When we have come to know Him in an intimate, experiential way, God declares over each of us:
“I will” rescue and protect,
answering and being with us in trouble,
delivering and honouring us
satisfying us and saving us!
God’s response to our fragile declaration is, “I WILL…!”
I spent much of life not realizing God’s desire to be intimately a part of my life. From Genesis to Revelation is God’s invitation to “dwell” in Him – the shadow of His Presence.
I encourage you to respond to His invitation today! Make the Most High your dwelling place. The place where you choose to stay. He alone is the place of rest and shelter. The Lord God has you covered!