praying psalm 91 over ourselves + our families

Psalm 91 has always been my go to verse to pray over my officer, especially when he is on night shift. To me, the entire verse seems to be written for our officers, and it brings me immense comfort when I pray it over our department.

Lately, it’s also been a verse that I have been praying over myself and our entire family, and for our healthcare workers and our nation. Moses wrote Psalm 91 centuries ago, but tonight while I was laying in bed and my officer was out protecting the streets, I poured over the words again and again and felt like they were written just today, especially for me. As I stared at the words on my phone I replaced the “you”s with “me” and “us” without even thinking about it. I felt the sentences morph from hypothetical statements to a present tense. To a covenant made directly with me. And as I repeated the promises, I felt the anxiety that was gripping my heart loosen and my body begin to relax.

Pray this psalm with me tonight, friends-for yourself, for your officer, and for your family. He is my refuge, He is my God, and I trust Him. If those things are all true for you, it makes every last part of this chapter true as well. We weren’t created to just pray small, simple prayers-we were created to pray big prayers, because we serve a big, big god 🙌🏽

“We who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about my Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue us from every trap and protect us from deadly disease. He will cover us with his feathers. He will shelter us with his wings. His faithful promises are our armor and protection. We will not be afraid of the terrors of the night nor the arrow that flies in the day. We do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness nor the disasters that strike midday. Though a thousand may fall at our sides, though ten thousand may die around us, these evils will not touch our family. We have made the Lord our refuge and we have made the Most High our shelter-no evil will conquer us and no plague will come near our home. He has ordered his angels to protect us wherever we go.”

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