Sunday, July 25, 2010

PSALM 91 - The Poetry of the Psalms

Mother Swan and babies.  "He shall cover thee with his feathers and under his wings shalt thou trust."  Psalm 91:4

The Psalms contain some of the most beautiful poetry on earth.  Throughout my life, I've found comfort, inspiration and soul-healing in their words.  Psalm 91 is one of my favorites.  I have it memorized and, along with Psalm 23, often run it over and over in my mind throughout my sleepless nights.  It never fails to comfort and inspire me.  My favorite visual is of God as a bird (verse 4) covering its babies with its feathers.  Can anything feel safer than a baby bird snuggled under its mother's warm feathers?  I don't think so.

I love the language of the King James version and use it to memorize from, but there are many translations to choose from nowadays. 

One of my favorite online Bible sites is because it has 16 different versions of the Bible to choose from.  I also love the Amplified Bible because it has the synonyms of words included in the verses.  And what word lover can resist all those added words!?  Not me.  I own about 8 or 9 Bibles and try to read from them regularly.  One of the only books I've purchased for my Kindle is the Bible.  It's fabulous to have it so handy and being able to call up any chapter or verse with the search feature.  When my children were young I taught Sunday School for about 6 years and learned Bible stories right along with the kids. 

The hurricane dissipated, thank God.  Our air-conditioner went out yesterday and we're sweltering under fans today eagerly awaiting Monday when the repairman can come to look at it.  I may drag out Cody's wading pool and fill it up and sit in it and read in the shade.  LOL!

Do you have a favorite Bible verse or book of the Bible?

Blessings & Love,


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Psalm 91 (King James Version)

1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.


quid said...

You know, it is hard to find a favorite when 23 and 121 are so awe-inspiring. However, my favorite has always been about the pure joy is Psalm 100:

Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Kelly said...

Beautiful post, Marion! Love that photo, too.

My favorite translation is the NIV and one of the first apps I got for my iPhone was a NIV Bible. We have that biblegateway link on our church website and I've found it to be quite useful, though I own umpteen translations! Somehow I'm not surprised you like the Amplified, LOL!

Hard to pick favorites.... in the NT, it would probably be Philippians. Luke is my favorite Gospel. OT? Maybe Daniel, Esther, Genesis... hard to say.

Hope you get your air fixed soon!!

Boonsong said...

Stirring stuff, uh.
Thanks for this.
Alll the best, Boonsong

Terresa said...

My dad is a student of the Bible. I've read it, but never cover to cover. Psalms is a good place to visit, though, as well as the New Testament, some of my fave stuff there (golden rule/love one another, etc).