Help and Shield | Psalm 115:9-13
Today's Passage: Psalm 115:9-13
Key Verse: Psalm 115:11
You who fear him, trust in the LORD...he is their help and shield.
Israelite warriors went into battle with both offensive and defensive weapons. The spear allowed them to move forward and attack. The shield protected them against the enemy's armaments. Using the metaphor of war, the psalmist proclaimed God as the offensive weapon and defensive protection. He is our help and shield.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul takes this same analogy to the spiritual realm. Our battle is not against flesh and blood "but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Paul exhorts us to put on the full armor of God.
Prepare for battle with the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, and feet fitted with the gospel of peace. Keep the shield of faith up to protect against the "flaming arrows of the evil one." Be prepared with the sword of the Spirit, "which is the word of God." From the physical battlefields of the Old Testament to the spiritual ones today, God is still our help and shield.
Father, we need your help. We cannot advance without you. We need you as our shield. We are vulnerable without you by our side. Thank you for your help and protection. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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