We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20
The world is always seeking how to make things better. Doctors and scientist are spending billions of dollars searching for ways to bring about cures to various sicknesses. Others are fighting for ways to clean up the environment to save nature and mankind.
Challenges in this world are so great that many do not have much hope. They cannot see any real solutions to most of the problems that are being faced. Death and sickness is so great that people cannot see around the problems and want to give up. They have no joy in their lives because they no longer have any hope.
David knows that there is a hope that the world does not know of. His hope was in the Lord. It is only God who can help and be the needed shield.
Believers are not any less susceptible to problems and challenges in life than the rest of the world. Every day they face many of the same problems that non-believers face.
The difference between the believer and the non-believer is that the believer has a hope that is real. This is not a hope, like ‘I hope this will happen’, but a hope that says, ‘I KNOW this WILL happen’. Every believer know that Jesus and the Father are true to their word. They will do what they said they will do.
Two of the things God said He would do is be the needed help and shield for those who put their trust in Him. God helps the believer by removing the situation or giving him strength to make it through the situation. He puts a hedge of protection around the believer protecting him from being destroyed spiritually. His salvation is secure and for eternity, unless one gives it up.
While these things may not have occurred yet, the believer knows that they will happen in God’s time.
You also can have this assurance in God. God has never failed yet and he will not start now with you. He will always be there to help you in your time of need. God will help you in the best way possible for eternity, regardless of how it looks in the here and now.
As you put your trust in Jesus, He will shield you from losing the salvation He has given to you and that you have accepted.
Rejoice and keep waiting on the Lord.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you know the hope you can have in God; that you will know the help God provides you; that you will see God’s shield in your life; and that you will rejoice in God.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7
When something great happens in the life of a person, many will leap for joy. Sometimes this will be a physical leaping, but often it is leaping in the heart. They are excited about what is happening.
First time parents often leap for joy when their first child is born. A teen-ager leaps for joy when he gets his full driver’s license or when he graduates from school. Many will leap for joy when they get the long desired promotion at work or a good report from the doctor.
There are many different things that excite different people for different reasons. What excites one person will do nothing for another.
David saw that God was his strength and shield, so he could trust in Him to help in his time of need. This made his heart leap for joy and for him to break out in a song of praise to God.
Having good news brought to a person is always good, but often that news is just temporary. There is nothing wrong with it, but it is only for a time.
Good news of something eternal and all powerful is better. Nothing can be better than knowing that God is on one’s side and gives him the needed strength and protection. No one or no thing is greater or more powerful than God.
In this life there are many troubles and bad situations in life. It appears as if everything is negative and bad. However, when a believer knows that God is his strength and help, it can cause extreme joy and excitement in his heart. It is knowing that no matter what is happening or will happen, God is with him.
You can also have this extreme joy that David had. Realize and know that God really does love you and is willing to be your strength and shield. Put all of your hope and trust in Him.
Then, when these troubles occur, your heart can still leap for joy because you know that God is on your side and will take care of you. He will not let you go.
Like a little child jumping and shouting for joy, you can jump and shout praises of joy to God for what He is doing in and through you.
Leap for joy today because of what you have in God.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s strength for you; that you will trust in God alone; and that you will know the joy of knowing God.
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3
No matter where a person goes there can be some enemies. With all of the various mass shootings lately, there are many people going around in extreme fear, not knowing if they will be the next to be killed. Students are afraid to go to school, because some other student may choose to do some killing that day.
Then there are also the enemies who don’t necessarily do physical harm, those who do verbal damage. The majority of danger people face is with words that are lies or hurtful.
The world is trying to figure out what is wrong and how to fix the situation. People are always walking around in fear of the unknown enemy.
David was running in fear, when his son Absalom was trying to physically kill him and take the throne as king of Israel. David felt as if everyone was against him and there were enemies everywhere. Suddenly David realized, however, that God was his shield and who lifted him up. It was God who made him king, so it would be God who could protect him.
Every believer has enemies, just as David did. Some will physically be trying to attack and kill, while the majority will just verbally attack the person. The effect is the same.
Looking around it appears as if the enemy, the world, is winning the battle. They appear to be the stronger enemy. Yet, God is still in control.
God is the shield for every believer. No one can do anything without His permission. Remember with Job, Satan had to get permission to attack him. God shielded Job and will shield the believer today.
This does not mean that attacks and injuries will not happen, but it does mean that the believer will not be destroyed.
You may be going through some attacks right now, physically or verbally. Look to God for your strength and protection. He is your shield, just as He was with David.
God will lift you up and make you shine in this dark world. Do not let the enemies attacks cause you to fear, because God will lift up your head and allow you to walk as His child, an heir to the kingdom of heaven. God will deliver you from the enemy–Satan–in the end.
Trust God to be your shield today.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s protection; that God will remove fear of the enemy in your heart and mind; and that God will lift your head in the sight of your enemies.
“As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” 2 Samuel 22:31
A common topic around the world is people who are refugees or immigrants. People are seen every where fleeing from oppression and war to find safety in a new location. They want to find a refuge that is safe from harm, danger or oppression.
As people travel from one nation to another seeking refuge, sometimes they find the refuge that they are seeking. Other times the trouble that they are fleeing from, they find in the new location or they find a different type of trouble. There is no perfect place for them to be.
Immigrants often face very large difficulties and prejudices in the places that they travel to. They types of troubles change, but are still there.
David had found the place to find refuge in, no matter where he had gone. They place was in God. They ways of God were perfect every time. His words were perfect and true. There could never be found any fault in them.
There are many people who do not really trust God’s word. They don’t see it as perfect. They are told that God is love and that He cares for them, but then they see troubles and hard times. When they go through those difficult times, they feel as though God’s word in wrong and that He really does not love them.
The path that God can have a person take in this life can be a difficult one, and it will be at times. There will be times of trouble, pain and suffering. Yet, that path is the best path.
God uses struggles and pain to help build a person to be the one He wants him to be. It can help move a person to where he needs to be. It is perfect. In the end there is perfect peace and eternal life, worth all the trouble.
During the times that you are going through a difficult time, do not doubt God’s word or way for you. It is still perfect. God is building you up to be just like Jesus, who did not have an easy road in life.
Take refuge in God and in His word, knowing that they are perfect for everything that you need. In Him you will find peace and rest that the world will not give you.
I pray today that you will know God’s word to you; that you will know God’s ways for your life; that you will trust God and His words to you; and that you will find refuge in God and His word.
After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Genesis 15:1
Rewards are something that a person gets for doing something good. They are coveted by many people. Often the work being done, is done in order to get reward. People want to be recognized for their work.
What the reward is can be different and diverse as the there are people. Rewards can be money, a plaque, a key, one’s picture posted up on a wall, a piece of metal, or one of many other things.
The reward can also be non-physical things, such as the satisfaction of a job well done, the joy on someone else’s face, peace, or safety. Many people find their reward in joy in knowing that they had accomplished something or helped someone else.
None of these rewards are necessarily good or bad, they are just rewards that people get. However, there is one reward that a person can get that supersedes all other rewards.
Abram had successfully rescued his nephew Lot from some kings. He was offered a great monetary reward, but he turned it down. When he turned it down, God stepped in an told Abram to not be afraid, that He was his very great reward.
The greatest reward a person can ever get is God, Himself. Having God in one’s life is the best that a person can get. God is eternal and perfect love. He is all-powerful and in control. When God is a person’s reward, he does not need to fear, he has absolutely everything that he could ever want or need. The person has the best thing possible.
Every person has the ability to have God as his reward. All he must do is believe in and follow Jesus. God will then become his very great reward. With that reward comes peace, joy, and eternal life. There is no other need that a person will ever have.
As you are going through this life, do not look for the rewards that people give, but look to the reward God is willing to give you. He gives Himself to you. Having God in your life is more than you will ever need. God will provide for more than any other reward given.
Are you satisfied with having God as your very great reward?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what you have in Jesus; that God will be all that you need; that you will know God as your very great reward; and that God will remove all fear in your life.