But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts up my head.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart rejoices, and I praise Him with my song.
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Throughout the book of Psalms we see the writers use a variety of metaphors that provide the reader with an increased understanding of who God is and what He does on our behalf. This imagery serves to increase our knowledge of His character and helps us relate to Him in a more personal way.
Perhaps one of the most vivid images in the Psalms is God as our Shield. A shield represents protection from outside forces that have the potential to harm or destroy us. By relying on God as “our shield” we actively depend on Him to defend us.
David was no stranger to troublesome circumstances and often found himself in need of God’s protection. He tells of this in Psalm 3:3 when he writes, “But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the LORD, and He answered me from His holy hill.”
Again in Psalms 28:7 David writes, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults; and with my song I give thanks to Him.”
Although it was common for Israel’s king to be referred to as a “shield” because he served to protect the nation, David understood that he depended on God to be his shield. When confronted with danger, David was quick to call out to God and ask for His protection.
Like David, when we are confronted with intimidating situations, we will be wise to call on God as our source of security. There will be times in life when our circumstances are too much for us to deal with in our own strength. When faced with these types of circumstances we can pray, like David did, that God would be “our shield” and our source of protection from things that are too overwhelming to face alone.
God can serve as our shield against the enemy, an upsetting medical diagnosis, a troubled relationship, financial problems, people who intend to harm us, or any number of threatening situations. As we come to know God as our primary source of security, we begin to rely on Him in a more significant way. As He brings us through difficult circumstances, our trust in Him grows and our faith is increased.
Relying on God as our shield takes our eyes off the threat and redirects our focus back to our faith in God.
- Identify the situations in your life that are overwhelming to you. What makes these situations difficult? In what ways do you need God to protect you or to intervene on your behalf?
- In your prayer time ask God to serve as your shield in the areas you have identified.
- When you begin to feel overwhelmed by your circumstances, pause and pray. Thank God that He is serving as your shield in your particular situation.