Psalm 91: A Poetic Interpretation

Gaya Aranoff Bernstein is a professor of pediatric endocrinology who has been on the faculty of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for over 30 years. She lives and works in New York City. Psalmsongs, A Gathering of Psalms (An Arthur Kurzweil Book, New York/Jerusalem, 2013) is her first book of poetry.

He sits hidden somewhere

in the shadows of ineffable secrecy

and I tell Him

You are my refuge

my protector

I trust You

keep me safe

 

He will cover you

He’ll shield you

take you under His wing

take a bullet for you

or an arrow

or whatever whizzes past your head

endangering your life

your soul your loves

Lift your eyes

and see the wicked

fall in droves

while you remain intact

He will order angels

to guard you and yours

everywhere

to carry you

when the land gets rough

you’ll crush the heads

of snakes and lions

evil will never

befall your house

 

He knows my name

He knows I’m His

He answers me

 

                        I am your refuge

                        your protector

                        I will be with you

                        through hard times

                        you will live

                        a long good life

 

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