A Psalm of Protection
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under
the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the L-RD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My G-D, in Him I will trust."
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall
take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler,
You shall not be afraid of the terror by nght, nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the L-RD Who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you; to keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My Name.
"He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
"With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation."
In v. 9, the Hebrew word makhseh, means "refuge," which means "a shelter," "a place of trust," and
derives from the root khawsaw,
meaning "to flee for protection,"
"to confide in."
The word Maween, translates to "dwelling place," indicates a retreat." It comes from the root 'onah, which describes the security of intimately "dwelling together as in marriage."
When we make the L-RD our
refuge and habitation by trusting Him -- taking our cares, fears and needs to Him; by seeking His counsel, spending times of refreshing with Him; and by loving Him and walking closely with Him each new day, we enter into the sheltered place of promise
regarding divine health and welfare.