Ray's psalm

Ray's psalm (Patrick Smith/Getty Images / January 7, 2013)

When he knew all cameras and lights would be trained on him, Ray Lewis pulled his game jersey off Sunday to reveal a shirt with a single message: Psalms 91.

So curious minds wanted to understand what point Lewis was trying to make as he took a victory lap around the stadium wearing this particular shirt.

The psalm is known as the "psalm of protection." It has a lot to do with vanquishing various enemies with faith and treading upon beasts under one's feet.

Here's a key passage:

Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

And of course this part:

You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

Lewis certainly tread upon the Colts Sunday -- and quite a few other beasts along the way, Lions, yes, Bengals, Eagles... perhaps a few Broncos this weekend.

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