The inspiration for this setting of Psalm 91 came from the lyrics of the 19th century Scottish hymn writer, James Montgomery. Although originally composed as a duet, the music has translated easily into a congregational declaration of God’s protection and deliverance. When my daughter was an infant and awake in the night, I sang this song countless times with the hopes of instilling the comfort of God’s salvation.

 

TEXT:

 

Call Jehovah your salvation,

Rest beneath th’Almighty’s shade

In his secret habitation dwell,

And never be dismayed

There no tumult shall alarm you

You shall dread no hidden snare

Guile nor violence can harm you

In eternal safeguard there

 

From the sword at noonday wasting,

From the noisome pestilence

In the depth of midnight blasting,

God shall be your sure defense

He shall charge his angel legions

Watch and ward o’er you to keep

Though you walk through hostile regions

Though in desert wilds you sleep

 

Since, with pure and firm affection

You on God have set your love

With the wings of his protection

He will shield you from above

You shall call on him in trouble,

He will hearken, he will save

Here for grief reward you double,

Crown with life beyond the grave

Psalm 91 | Call Jehovah, Your Salvation (4P & Lead)

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