THE LORD IS OUR SHIELD
By Wayne S. Walker
"But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head" (Psalm 3:3). Before the introduction of gunpowder, most warfare was accomplished in close quarters with hand-held weapons such as swords and battle axes, with some longer range weapons like the bow and arrow and the spear. Thus, much of an ancient soldier’s armor and equipment was intended to defend him in such fighting. He had a helmet to protect his head and a breastplate to protect his chest. Also, he usually carried a shield which would protect his whole body not only from swords and axes but also from arrows and spears.
Life is full of trials and tribulations. We may have problems with ill health. Unexpected bills may cause our outgo to be more than our income. Dear loved ones pass from this life, sometimes in tragic circumstances. Our children may not always listen to us or respect us as they should, and this can bring about heartache. A husband or wife may just walk out of the marriage, leaving the other partner in a tough situation. Friends and neighbors may reject all our attempts to share the gospel with them. And occasionally even some of our own brethren may misunderstand us and do things that are hurtful.
These are all arrows that the evil one shoots against us in an effort to destroy our faith and cause us to turn away from our goal. Do we, like the soldier of old, have a shield to guard us against such onslaughts? Yes, the Lord has promised to be our shield. If we put our trust in Him and follow His will, He will protect us from the enemy and lift up our heads. How can we access the power of this shield? "Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one" (Ephesians 6:16). When we live by faith in the One who is our glory, He will provide the strength that we need to keep on and accomplish our purpose.