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Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

American soldiers often carry psalm 91 with them during deployment. Imagine keeping these words close to stir courage in warfare. Yet it may be easy to mistake the text for a good luck charm holding magical power. The influence of pagan thought and our fears can mislead us. A desire to alter circumstances in our favor may tempt us to wear scripture as an amulet. Spirit inspired words are not an ornament worn to guard against evil, danger, and disease.

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust." For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday. 1-6

Jerry Garcia often performed Charles B. Johnson’s song My Sisters and Brothers. The spiritual tune quotes psalm 91. It encourages walking together, loving one another, and doing the best we can. The lyrics reveal movement toward a forever and ever place; transcending life as we know it. The music draws listeners beyond the troubles of the day.

“Keep the faith

When the storm flies and the wind blows

Go on at a steady pace,” sings Garcia.

Enya speaks verses from psalm 91 in Gaelic on Sinead O'Connor's 1987 release Never Get Old. The song from the Lion & Cobra album captures the empowering space found in the scripture. The music resonates deep within the inner core of our being. It strikes a primordial chord. The ancient text uphold