Psalm 91

Words: Isaac Watts


   v. 1-7, Part 1
   Safety in public diseases and dangers.
   1  He that hath made his refuge God
      Shall find a most secure abode,
      Shall walk all day beneath his shade,
      And there at night shall rest his head.

   2  Then will I say, "My God, thy power
      Shall be my fortress and my tower;
      I, that am formed of feeble dust,
      Make thine almighty arm my trust."

   3  Thrice happy man! thy Maker's care
      Shall keep thee from the fowler's snare;
      Satan, the fowler, who betrays
      Unguarded souls a thousand ways.

   4  Just as a hen protects her brood
      From birds of prey that seek their blood,
      Under her feathers, so the Lord
      Makes his own arm his people's guard.

   5  If burning beams of noon conspire
      To dart a pestilential fire,
      God is their life; his wings are spread
      To shield them with a healthful shade.

   6  If vapors with malignant breath
      Rise thick, and scatter midnight death,
      Isr'el is safe; the poisoned air
      Grows pure, if Isr'els God be there.


   7  What though a thousand at thy side,
      At thy right hand ten thousand died,
      Thy God his chosen people saves
      Amongst the dead, amidst the graves.

   8  So when he sent his angel down
      To make his wrath in Egypt known,
      And slew their sons, his careful eye
      Passed all the doors of Jacob by.

   9  But if the fire, or plague, or sword,
      Receive commission from the Lord
      To strike his saints among the rest,
      Their very pains and deaths are blessed.

  10  The sword, the pestilence, or fire,
      Shall but fulfill their best desire;
      From sins and sorrows set them free,
      And bring thy children, Lord, to thee.

   v. 9--16. PART 2.
   Protection from death, guard of angels, victory and deliverance.

   1  If, sons of men, a feeble race,
         Exposed to ev'ry snare,
      Come, make the Lord your dwelling-place,
         And try and trust his care.

   2  No ill shall enter where you dwell;
         Or if the plague come nigh,
      And sweep the wicked down to hell,
         'Twill raise his saints on high.

   3  He'll give his angels charge to keep
         Your feet in all their ways;
      To watch your pillow while you sleep,
         And guard your happy days.

   4  Their hands shall bear you, lest you fall
         And dash against the stones:
      Are they not servants at his call,
         And sent t' attend his sons?

   5  Adders and lions ye shall tread;
         The tempter's wiles defeat;
      He that hath broke the serpent's head
         Puts him beneath your feet.

   6  "Because on me they set their love,
         I'll save them," saith the Lord;
      "I'll bear their joyful souls above
         Destruction and the sword.

   7  "My grace shall answer when they call,
         In trouble I '11 be nigh;
      My power shall help them when they fall,
         And raise them when they die.

   8  "Those that on earth my name have known
         I'll honor them in heav'n;
      There my salvation shall be shown,
         And endless life be giv'n."

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