Psalm 91:5 NLT
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Finding Protection in God’s Word in Psalm 91:5
- Over and over God tells us, “Do not fear!” Why do you think He keeps reminding us not to be afraid? I believe it is because our faith in Him and His Word protects us. Since fear is the opposite of faith, God knows fear keeps us from living in the faith needed to receive protection from Him. Is it any wonder that God first addresses a fear of terrors?
- Do not be afraid. Afraid in Hebrew also means fear, reverence and dread.
- What causes you to be afraid?
- Often when we are afraid, we are focusing on our problems or our circumstances rather than on God. When you are afraid or discouraged, are you focusing on the negatives or the positives in your situation?
- Ask God to speak to you through these verses and write down what He says.
- Psalm 27:1 (ESV): “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
- Isaiah 41:10 (CJB): “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you; don’t be distressed, for I am your God. I give you strength, I give you help, I support you with my victorious right hand.”
- Romans 8:31 (CJB): “What, then, are we to say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
- 1 John 4:18 (TLV): “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and the one who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
- What is your favorite verse that helps you not to fear? If you don’t have one, pick one above or ask someone else what theirs is. Then write it on a paper and put it where you’ll be reminded of it daily.
- Often we become fearful because we think we must protect ourselves. God already provided the protection; we just have to choose to receive what He has done. How do you keep from being afraid?
- Psalm 91:5 tells us not to fear two things: first, terrors of the night.
- Terrors in Hebrew also means a (sudden) alarm, dread or fear.
- During the night, when everything is quiet, it is easy to focus on the bad things that are occurring or might happen. Our minds often get active at night and make problems appear bigger than they are. Does that ever happen to you?
- When COVID-19 first began, I was living in Israel and my flights back to the United States kept getting cancelled. Then I got all the symptoms of the virus. During the nights, I often began to fear the worst: What if I got sick on the other side of the world and had to be hospitalized where I knew very little of the language? If I died, how would that impact my sons’ faith and who would be there for them?” I ruminated on questions, worrying rather than trusting. I had to keep reminding myself that God was my protector during those nights when fear crept in.
- What does Isaiah 54:14 and 17 (TLV) say to you? “‘In righteousness you will be established. You will be far from oppression—for you will not fear—and from terror—for it will not come near you. …No weapon formed against you will prosper and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of Adonai’sservants—their vindication is from Me.’ It is a declaration of Adonai.”
- How have you experienced terrors in the night? What helped you?
- How could remembering that God is your protector help you?
- Second, we are not to fear arrows that fly by day. Today we might say a bullet or bomb, since arrows are not as common.
- While terrors in the night might be only in our imaginations, the arrows that fly by day are very real dangers we may face. We have a choice to trust God with the tangible dangers, since He is able to protect us.
- Flies also means to cover, like with wings, darkness or obscurity. These weapons are hidden, so we may not see them before it is too late.
- David, before he became king, had many enemies seeking to kill him. In Psalm 7:13 (NLT), he reminded himself, “[God] will prepare his deadly weapons and shoot his flaming arrows.” The enemy may have weapons against us, but God’s are more powerful.
- When I was in my early twenties, I lived in Guatemala, where terrorists were continually bombing places and shooting people. I often heard the bombs and gunshots, wondering what damage was done and whose lives were taken. Those were very real dangers because they could have killed me. I had a choice to trust God rather than allowing myself to fear. And so do you when you are faced with any danger.
- What “arrows” do you fear? These could be real weapons used against you or your family, or they could be a word spoken against you. What might you need to do to trust God to protect you from them?
- What is God saying to you today about fear, whether from real problems or from any imaginations about what might happen? Write down what He shows you.
- Remember, when we fear anything, we can declare Psalm 91 over our lives. I want to encourage you to do that every day, reminding yourself of God’s presence and protection.
A Prayer for You
Lord, thank You that I can trust You with every detail of my life. I confess that I am often fearful of both real and imagined problems. Forgive me for not trusting You in those situations and help me to trust You more. I choose to not be fearful today, but to rest in You. Thank You that there is no one to fear and nothing to fear, since You are greater than anything or anyone that could ever come against me or my family. Would You continually remind me of this truth? I also constantly need to stay sheltered and protected under Your wings.
An Affirmation to Make Based on Psalm 91:5
I choose to not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Instead, I choose to trust God to protect me and my family.
Pray Psalm 91.
Actions to Take
What might you need to do to apply this verse in your life? You could also write your own prayer, expressing what God is revealing to you today.
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