I must confess that over the past 3 1/2 weeks I have forgotten far too often that I am surrounded by the Shield of God's Love. It is easy for us to forget that when we begin to focus on what the enemy is doing, rather than on God.
In my Bible readings this week, a common theme has come up for the past couple of days. God is our shield. Hmm... I may be a bit dense at times but I am not that dense! It is obvious that God not only wants to bring this to my attention... He wants me to remember it!
Yesterday, I turned to Psalm 5 and read:
O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil.
You will destroy those who tell lies. The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.
Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me.Make your way plain for me to follow.
My enemies cannot speak a truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others.
Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.Their tongues are filled with flattery.
O God, declare them guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps. Drive them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.
Boy, I could really relate to that at the moment. Over the past few weeks, my husband had lost his job, we'd felt betrayed by friends, we had anxiously been waiting to hear about unemployment benefits, scrambling to keep health care coverage for me and so forth. What made it worse was we had just been about to emerge from a dark "pit" we'd spent two years trying to get out of. It was like we had reached the top and as we swung out of it back onto solid ground, someone came along and kicked us back into it. We were stunned and devastated. We felt surrounded and cornered by our enemies and I could relate to David at the moment.
But then I went on and read the last two verses of Psalm 5 which said:
Do we realize how powerful that little three letter word is? All of this "junk" is happening BUT...
Psalm 5:11-12 says:
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.
In the midst of all the junk, when we find ourselves kicked back into the pit just as we were crawling out, we can take refuge in God and lift our voices in praise to Him. He spreads his protection over us... regardless of where we are or what we are facing. He fills us with joy and He will bless us for He surrounds us with the shield of His love.
Amazing that that little 3 letter word can have so much power.
That is the beauty of Psalms their is always a positive to counter the negative.
Oh how many times I've read these very scriptures of late.