I started reading Psalm 91:3 in King James version – “Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence”. I got stuck on snare of the fowler and noisome pestilence – so I looked it up.
The “snare of the fowler” means the traps laid by the devil to cause you harm.
The Amplified Bible defines pestilence as “…plagues; malignant and contagious or infectious epidemic diseases which are deadly and devastating” (Luke 21:11)
The Message Translation makes is so much more clear.
That’s right – He rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you — under them you are perfectly safe; His arms fend off all harm .
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because GOD is your refuge, the High God your very own home, evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door.
Ahh – but there is a catch or two. All you have to d0 is SAY. Confess Psalm 91 until you BELIEVE it. It will come alive inside you until there is NO way the traps of the enemy seem more powerful that the Word of God.