Psalm 91 Prayer - An Antidote to Fear

Conquering Fear

Nothing is more debilitating than fear. And nothing is more difficult to dislodge than fear. You develop fear responses even in the womb. These responses grow and multiply through the years until you find yourself caught in a tangled web. Little grooves have developed in your brain that make fear the default position in many instances. Default postion - that's a grim thought, isn't it?

Indication is that these grooves do not go away. Ugh! But, the grooves can be overwritten. This is what the Apostle Paul was referring to when he wrote about being transformed through the renewing of your mind according the God's word. Use Scripture to overwrite the fear grooves. Use Scripture to overwrite any negative grooves, for that matter. This is GOOD news, don/t you think?

Many Scriptures deal with "fear not". But, Psalm 91 is a significant passage for conquering fear. It is sixteen verses of graphic possibilities that can occur as a result of abiding under the shadow of the Almighty.

Ok, so if Psalm 91 is an antidote to fear, how do you take this medicine? Fair question, not one to be answered at your local pharmacy.

Consider what the Lord said to Joshua when Joshua took over leadership of the Israelites in the desert. Joshua could have gone into a major fear response after Moses died. But, the Lord gave him some saving advice: "Let this book of the law (scripture) not depart from you. Meditate on it day and night. In this way you will make your way prosperous (take the Promised Land)." (a paraphrase of Joshua 1:8)

God's advice is still a gold standard for victorious thinking. Meditate on His word day and night. What you have on your mind continually will determine your behavior. "Meditate" means to mull something over and over. Actually, we all meditate to some degree. This is know as "self talk" and an estimated 80% of it is negative.

For some excellent info on how to get started meditating on Psalm 91 read Power Prayer for Protection. Follow the simple instructions and you will be well on your way to overwriting the fear grooves you've been packing since childhood.

Abide - Dwell

Where do you abide? Hang out?  For the most part, we hang out in our minds...somewhere. The Lord is inviting you to hang out with Him, to become more like Him, to trust Him, to be confident in Him.  Meditating on, reflecting on Scripture is a way of hanging out...certainly builds faith and forward thinking! 

Remember the Lord's advice to Joshua.  Meditate on the Book of the Law day and night if you want your way to be prosperous.  Reflect on the Scripture.  Watch this video numerous times.  Get God's truth for protection down on the inside.  Watch your actions and reactions change as a result.  This is powerful stuff!

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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Just some good, practical Bible--wonderful! I liked how you drew the spiritual (renewing the mind) into the physical (grooves on the brain). Thank God we can overwrite the grooves! I'll be looking forward to reading more.

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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA Author

Thank you for the encouragement, Lifegate. Yes, if there was ever a season in my lifetime for guarding the mind, we are living in it. We need to be watching over out minds not just for self protection but to become change agents for those around us. A renewed mind is a victorious one.

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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Beautiful hub Jeanie, nicely written. I too look forward to more of your incite. Years ago as I was standing at the sink of the little home my husband and our 3 small children were renting I heard the Father say "I'm going to engrave this verse on your heart" and I said ok Father which one. " Be anxious for nothing..." you know the rest. Just a few minutes after He told me that a car pulled into the driveway and my husband got out. He had lost his job. That began our roller coaster living (he's in the car business) and that scene would be repeated time and again for the last 26 years. God had prepared me. I've said many times that that scripture is a command not a suggestion. God knew that for his children if we walked in fear we would never be able to receive all that He has for us in the Kingdom living. Whe we walk completely in His Love it truly does cast out all fear. But as you shared it takes purposeful meditating on a daily basis.

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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA Author

Thank you, Judi, for your sharing. Yes, God is so good in His dealing with us. Graham Cooke heard God tell him to study Psalm 91 for a solid hear, nothing else. Now for a man of God , this is pretty limiting. He tells of his struggle to comply. Now, years later, Psalm 91 is one of his very favorite scriptures and he is a man who is impacting the Christian world.

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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Love Graham!! Seems we are on the same page. Father woke me up early this morning as I have been so hungry to walk with Him in the cool of the morning. Ps 5:3 In the morning oh Lord you hear my voice and I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. This morning He dropped Ephesians 3 into my heart and when I got to the being rooted and grounded inLove in vs.17 I stopped. I am camping for a while on what it looks like to be rooted and grounded in Love. Btw, My husband and I are transplanted californians living here in the south. Love it here.

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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA Author

Yes, Judi, looks like the same page alright.

I'm on my way back from a funeral on an Apache Reservation. Testimonies about this fellow were all about him being rooted and grounded in love. He never counseled or fixed anyone's problems...only loved and encouraged. In the process Mel transformed so many lives. The love of God she abroad by the Holy Spirit into our hearts is so powerful. We have not begun to scratch the surface.

Judy, I lived in the south for seven years before becoming a Californian. Love it all!

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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Yes, meditating on His Word, takes dedication. This is an area, I myself and trying to grow stonger in. Nice hub, appreciate the encouragement and the challenge:) His words are so awesome, reading the Bible is like deep poetry. Thanks:)

JeanieR 6 years ago

When it comes to meditating on the Word, to praying the appears there is no glass ceiling. No matter how skilled we become, there is so much more to be gained. God is an unending source of gifts and power.

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His daughter 6 years ago

I often refer to Psalm 91 as our 911. A good one to focus on for sure.

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TimeHealsAll 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Fear is another form of bondage. There are many webs we can become entangled in and satan is the spider waiting to devour. Fear manifests itself in trust, hope and faith and it's purpose is meant to destroy. It freezes/disables. We cannot move when we are in fear. A great scripture meant to give us hope and comfort is from God.."Fear not, for I am with you"! Amen! Great hub and I look forward to reading more!

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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA Author

"Disabling!" Yes, a good summary word for the experience of fear. I had not thought in terms of fear being a bondage. But, it obviously does become a bondage when it is not dealt with. It's so grievous to stand on the sidelines of someone who is in bondage to fear. There really is nothing you can do for them until they decide to be proactive. Thank you for making this point. Excellent!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

JeanieR, Wonderful and comforting hub! As you well stated; “Psalm 91 is a significant passage for conquering fear.” AMEN! The Lord truly is a Fortress! Our True security and significance” is in the Lord! There is much peace knowing that whenever something is pressing us the Lord is always near and dear! Yes! “We can rest in the shadow of the Almighty!”

Thank you for sharing, your wonderful insight! God is Awesome! Knowing and applying HIS WORD is so important... In His Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA Author

Thank you, DeBorrah. I am blessed to have you visit and respond.

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johnnynaakea 6 years ago

Awesome!!!!!! You are a teacher with a capital T!

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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA Author

Johnny, thank you so much for your comment. Coming from a superb writer like yourself, that means a lot.

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Abrushing1968 6 years ago from USA- Florida


Thanks for taking the time and sharing some of your insights. Psalm 91 is a wonderful antidote for fear excellent comparison. Psalm 1 tell us that if we meditate on God' word day and night everything we do will prosper. Making scripture meditation a priority is a vital key to know who God is. writing Hubs is one of the tools i use to do this. Looks like you do too. Praise God!

Thanks for the encouragement. Also, the videos were a nice touch

In Christ


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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA Author

ABR, thank you for stopping by! Yes, I am passionate about meditating on scripture, praying scripture. I'm convinced that this is one of the most potent tools we have in our arsenal for living the Kingdom life in times like this. I have gone online, just as you, to further the cause. We are overcomers in Christ Jesus! Alleluia!

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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Jeanie for a thought provoking hub, this hub can chase your fears way. 91 PSALMS is my protection prayer. Thanks for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA Author

Creativeone, thank you for the visit. I look forward to your feedback any time! I plan to do a bit more hub work with Psalm 91. It is so much for this season of uncertainty.

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yolanda yvette 6 years ago

Hello, JeanieR. I feel like I already know you since I've spent much time on your website, Praying the Scriptures, which I absolutely love and thank you for creating.

You are an awesome woman of God. And you exude, to me, a deep fellowship with our Lord and a genuine dependence upon Him. I draw to such people because of my own desire to live close to God.

And this is a wonderful hub concerning one of my favorite Psalms. Beautifully written. Practical.

Thank you for all you do for the body of Christ.

Welcome to Hubpages. I'm thrilled you're here.

Continued blessings to you and yours.

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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA Author

Yolanda Yvette, you've left me almost speechless and that's hard to do! I invested much thought, prayer and time into that website. I know there are people who spend hours at a time on it because i can see that in my web stats. But, you are the first I have met. Thank you so much! This makes me want to go back and do some updating.

Pray the Scriptures got so big it is hard to manage so I am in the process of developing a series of smaller sites to do a better job with the content and related resources. Psalm 91 is the first of those smaller sites. Tonight I posted my first podcast to that site and I am beside myself with excitement, like a little boy who makes his first basket on the big boys' court.

So, dear sister, your comment is like fine frosting on the cake. Thank you so much!

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darrylcrawford 6 years ago from Philadelphia PA to Tucson AZ.

Awesome and Beautiful (I voted these too) and I voted a thumbs up as well. Psalm 91, I loved that chapter. I love many of the Psalms like Psalms 23, Psalms 103, etc. But this is a blessing that you wrote this. It's is so true we have to renew our minds.

God bless you in Jesus name for writing this hub.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Smart Hub.

I have heard about the grooves in the brain before and will be explained in an up and coming series I'm working on. But I really liked how you described that process as it relates to fear and how relieving to know that it can be overwritten like the old cassette tape recordings we used to make.

When I think of those grooves and valleys I also think of that verse that says He will make the crooked places straight, the mountains high, and the valleys low.

I also like your use of the word default because that is exactly what it is. Very relateable comparison.

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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA Author

DarrylCrawford, thank you for your support and encouragement. It's so good to be around like-minded people who love God's Word. I pray all the blessing of Psalm 91 for you today. May you abide in Him and flourish like the palm tree!

Tamarojo, thank you so much for all the encouragement! I am really excited that you are working on a series of articles about the brain grooves. Out of necessity, I've done a bit of reading, enough to feel confident in referring to this phenomenon when I teach and minister. Understanding the concept is so helpful for people who struggle with addictions, poor image of themselves and that sort of thing. I love your Isaiah reference about the mountains and valleys. I will put that one in my arsenal! Many thanks

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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub, great counsel to live by. There is no greater source of comfort in the world than the one found in the Word of God.Thank you for bringing out this into the light through this hub. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA Author

Cristina, thank you for the visit and encouraging comment. Always a delight to connect with like-minded folks. Blessings on your writing ministry! I really enjoy your hubs and your heart for the Lord.

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create a page 5 years ago from Maryland, USA

I found this hub featured on one of mine. I decided to read it because I am in the process of studying Psalm 91. I enjoyed reading your hub. Your interpretation helps me to understand and appreciate the Psalm even more. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on such a powerful Word. Be blessed.

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JeanieR 5 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA Author

Hi Create! I checked out your profile. We have more in common than is usual. I just had to smile. Thank you for the visit. I've followed you to stay up on things. Are we really that much alike :-)

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