“Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight; Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight” – From “Be Thou My Vision, O Lord of My Heart”
“But You are a Shield around me, O Lord; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head.” – Psalm 3:3
When David wrote this psalm he was in trouble. It seems his son Absalom was leading a rebellion against him, and many thought David was beyond God’s help. In fact, some thought that God was even unwilling to help David. But David knew that God was his shield, and he would not be moved from his trust in God.
There are many things that help shield and protect us physically – our homes, our clothing, our caregivers, law enforcement and fire fighters, doctors and nurses – the list is long. But the Lord is more than a physical shield. His is our protection from everything that the battle of life may send our way. He speaks peace to the storms of life and wards off the spears of living. He gives us the strength to confront life’s challenges, to endure sorrows and despair, and to help those around us. In times of trouble, when we are overwhelmed, He lifts us up and gives us dignity. We can delight in God and His willingness to take on our troubles. What a glory He bestows on us that we can trust in Him! What a privilege to be able to rely on Him in times of danger or sorrow or fear or doubt!
“He is my Shield, my Delight, my Dignity!”
Prayer: O God, no matter what temptations confront us, what troubles befall us or what crosses we have to bear, please let us never forget that You are our Strength, our Protection, and our Shield. We give thanks that You sustain us so that we can stand against any foe! Amen.