If there were an “official” ranking of the 10 most popular psalms in the Bible, Psalm 91 would likely be included. Its appeal in providing comfort that God is our keeper and protecter spans across the centuries to the present. It is repeatedly referenced in classical and contemporary literature. Psalm 91 has been the inspiring motif behind numerous works in the visual and musical arts (including digital media) worldwide.
This second psalm within the Fourth Book of the Psalter (Psalms 90–106) provides no indication with respect to authorship. Tradition ascribes the poetic work to David. The psalm is commonly linked to liturgical purposes and often paired with Psalm 90 in a thematic journey of worship from the New Year to the Lenten season. The end-point of the worshipful experience is the affirmation of total confidence in the Lord’s unfailing provision for the faithful.