Psalm 91 On YOU!

My family uses Psalm 91 as a parting blessing. When someone is leaving to travel anywhere, we say, "Psalm 91 on you!" If you read Psalm 91, you'll immediately see why. These verses are filled with the promise of protection for those who place their trust in the Lord.

The first time my mom flew out to visit me in Utah, she was a little nervous about the long flight. We spoke on the phone before she left, and I said, "Psalm 91 on you!" She gave a nervous laugh and said, "I'd feel a lot better if the psalmist had referred specifically to protection while traveling in airplanes." I immediately responded, "Oh, but he does! It's in verse 5:"

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.

I told Mom, "That means you don't have to be afraid even if you are inside the flying arrow." She's a more seasoned air traveler these days, and doesn't mind flying at all. She told me the other day that she prays that verse every time she gets on a plane.

I memorized Psalm 91 several years ago, because it's one of those comforting, encouraging, powerful psalms that are appropriate to any uncomfortable situation. A few years ago I used to wake up in the middle of the night when my husband was traveling and lay there trembling, hearing every creak and bump in the house. But Psalm 91 promises that I will not fear the terror of night. I especially love verse 4:

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.

There's a powerful comfort in that promise. When I get to that verse, I close my eyes, curl up beneath the quilt, and picture myself nestled against my Father's side, covered by his feathers, and I'm not afraid.

Psalm 91 on YOU, my friend!