The more I read and study Psalm 91, the more I love it, and the more I find myself forming a picture in my mind of its writer. We’re going to look at him today as we mark the first person pronouns, the I’s and my’s, that we’ve still not marked in the chapter.
Assignment: Pray, asking the Holy Spirit to help you learn from God’s Word.
Read Psalm 91:1-9. With a blue pencil, highlight all the references the psalmist makes to himself. Look for the words I and my.
The name of this psalm’s author is not given to us, so we only know what he has chosen to tell us about himself. What has he told us? Write this information in your notebook.
- Next read verses 3-13, looking for the words you and your (or thee, thou, and thy if you are reading the King James Version). Highlight these words in green.
- To whom do all these green-highlighted you’s and your’s refer?
What is the psalmist doing in this psalm? We’ve seen him state his theme in the song’s first verse. Then he rushes to make his own confession of faith. In short, to-the-point phrases, he tells us, the Lord is “my refuge, my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Then again in verse 9, he speaks of “the Most High, who is my refuge.” He assures his listeners — the you’s of the psalm — that He dwells in the shelter of the Most High. He is speaking from experience.
- Read verses 1-13 one more time — this time aloud. As you read, emphasize the words I, my, you, and your. You’ll be able to see these words as they come up in the text, since you have already highlighted all of them in blue and green. Imagine yourself as the psalmist and listen carefully to what you are saying.
Does this emphasis of words change your view of the psalm at all? For me, it placed the psalmist right in front of my imagination’s eye. He’s talking to me, telling me about the God in whom he trusts, his God. He’s looking me in the eye and saying, “God is my refuge and my fortress! He is my God and I’ve put my trust in Him. He’s never failed me. I’ve seen how God delivers, how He protects, how He answers when I call. He’ll do the same for you! Trust Him! Make Him your refuge! Dwell in His shadow!”
Because he knows the great peace and blessing of resting in God’s protective shelter, he wants us to know that peace and blessing, too.
Do you share this same passion and enthusiasm? Is God your refuge and fortress? Are you abiding in His shadow? Have you seen His faithfulness in answering you, protecting you, satisfying you? Are you eager to share your testimony of His faithfulness with others?
- Sometime before your day is over, read the psalm one more time. Emphasize the same pronouns again, but this time think of the psalm as your own personal testimony.
For your children:
- If one of your children is a good reader, have him pretend to be the psalmist who wrote Psalm 91. Otherwise, take the role of psalmist yourself.
- Have the “psalmist” read Psalm 91:1-13 aloud to the rest of the children.
- When he reads verse 2, have him point to himself every time he says the words I or my.
- Then have him read verse 3, emphasizing the word you.
- The rest of the children can then repeat verse 3, replacing the word you with the word me, pointing to themselves as they do. (i.e. “For he will deliver me from the snare of the fowler…” )
- Repeat this with each verse. The children will be getting a good start on memorizing the rest of the psalm, while they also personalize the passage, making God’s promises their own!