Psalm 91:3-6 (JDV)
Psalm 91:3 He himself will rescue you from the bird trap, from the destructive thorn.
Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under his wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.
Psalm 91:5 You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day,
Psalm 91:6 the thorn that stalks in darkness, or the sting that ravages at noon.
Philips shows that verses five and six “are parallel to one another” so that the terror of the night is the thorn that stalks in darkness and the arrow that flies by day provides the sting that ravages at noon (296-297).
The imagery the psalm portrays is that of a helpless bird, protected by the protective shield of its mother’s wing. The mother bird is God himself. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.
Thank you, LORD, for providing the protection we need, so that we do not need to fear.
Phillips, George. The Psalms in Hebrew. London, 1846