But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. Psalm 3:3
Protection against the attacks of an enemy has been the desire of every person throughout all time. For thousands of years, armies have used shields to protect themselves. A shield puts a block between the attacks of the enemy and the individual carrying it. Over time there have been many different types of shields used to protect people or even things from being harmed or damaged. However, normal people cannot walk around carrying a shield and physical shields cannot protect from everything.
David tells God that He is a shield for him and the One who lifts up his head. This was said while he was fleeing from Absalom.
Going through life, most people are never in an army and are not physically attacked by an enemy in which a physical shield would protect them. Yet, everyday people are attacked by the enemy in many different ways. Their minds are attacked to get them to think thoughts that go against God or to make choices against God. Many are attacked with words that hurt and cut them down.
Satan goes around seeking who he can steal from, kill and destroy. Ultimately this is not to just destroy physically, but also destroy the soul. This is done through other people to accomplish his mission. Believers will be attacked on a regular basis to get them to stop following God.
There will be times that the attacks of the enemy will appear to be overwhelming. Believers need to be holding on to the shield of faith in God, knowing that God is with them and will save them through the attacks. God will lift up the head of the believer, because the believer knows that God is in control and will win the battle in the end.
If you have faith in God and believe His word, you have a shield that will protect you from destruction. You may be physically beat down and harmed, but your soul will live for eternity. God will make a way out of falling into temptation if you seek Him and obey Him.
Do not fear the attacks of the enemy, because you know that God is with you and will not leave or forsake you. God is your shield and the lifter of your head in times of attacks.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God is your shield; that you will trust God in every area of your life; and that you will know God will lift you up.
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