A story from World War I tells about when the 91st Infantry Brigade
of the U.S. Expeditionary Army was preparing to enter combat in
Europe. Most of the men were "green soldiers" who had never seen
combat. Its commander, a devout Christian, called an assembly of his
men where he gave each a little card on which was printed the 91st
Psalm. They agreed to recite the Soldiers’ Psalm daily.
The 91st Brigade was engaged in some of the bloodiest battles of WW
I: Chateau, Thierry, Belle Wood, and the Argonne. While other
American units similarly engaged had up to 90 casualties, the 91st
Brigade did not suffer a single combat related casualty!
Those who live in the Shelter of the Most High will find rest in the
shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare of the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I am trusting him.
For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the fata!
He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor fear the dangers of
nor dread the plague that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that
strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying
around you, these evils will not touch you.
But you will see it with your eyes; you will see how the wicked are
If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your
no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling.
For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot
on a stone. You will trample down lions and poisonous snakes; you
will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
The LORD says, "I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those
who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I
will rescue them and honor them.
I will satisfy them with a long life and give them my salvation."