The book of Psalms provides much comfort. As David and other psalmists share with us their own emotions, we learn how to deal with our own. Psalm 91 is a psalm many of us like to pray for ourselves or others when comfort is needed. We do that by personalization. To make it your own declaration, or your prayer for a family member or friend, fill in the blanks accordingly. If it is your loved one who needs comfort, bless them further by reading it to them.
Psalm 91 (NIV translation, but with capitalization of pronouns indicating God’s name)
1 He (or she) who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 _______ will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely He will save _______ from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover _______ with His feathers, and under His wings _______ will find refuge; His faithfulness will be _______‘s shield and rampart. 5 _______ will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at _______’s side, ten thousand at (her/his) right hand, but it will not come near _______. 8 _______ will only observe with (her/his) eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you make the Most High your dwelling– even the LORD, who is my refuge— 10 then no harm will befall _______, no disaster will come near (her/his)tent. 11 For He will command His angels concerning _______ to guard _______ in all (her/his) ways; 12 they will lift _______ up in their hands, so that _______ will not strike (her/his) foot against a stone. 13 _______ will tread upon the lion and the cobra; _______ will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because _______ loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue _______; I will protect _______, for _______ acknowledges My name. 15 _______ will call upon Me, and I will answer _______; I will be with _______ in trouble, I will deliver _______ and honor _______. 16 With long life will I satisfy _______ and show _______ my salvation.”
Father, may this bless the lives of the wounded and weary. May it bring needed peace and new hope. May Your children feel Your very presence surround them as they pray these words.