Shield & Protect

Blue security shieldI have an alarm system for my home and office that offers a level of protection. I just recently changed to a local company as I upgraded some of my equipment for my home. I’ve noticed a lot of the alarm systems have a “shield” as part of their logo. My brother-in-law is in law enforcement and they badge carried by police officers is sometimes referred to as a shield. It is often shaped like a shield. A shield was originally a piece of armor that was held by one arm for protection (defense) so that the other arm could hold a sword (offence). It is still used today by riot police to protect against objects being hurled at them when trying to manage an angry mob.

King David was a warrior and he had enemies all around. He leaned heavily upon the Lord for wisdom and discernment. He sought the Lord’s help with battle plans. He sought the Lord for protection and provision. Check this out…

I say to the Lord, ‘You are my God.’
    Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.
Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,
    you shield my head in the day of battle.
Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;
    do not let their plans succeed.

13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,
    and the upright will live in your presence. (Psalm 140:6-8,13 NIV)

I’m just a regular guy living a normal life here in Georgia. I would be wise to seek the Lord for wisdom and discernment. James tells me that God’s wisdom is: “pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17 NIV) The Lord will supply unlimited amounts of wisdom when I ask for it. The Lord will also protect me. I believe the Lord protects me from things I’m not even aware are threats. I can look back sometimes and see the Lord’s hand in my daily schedule and how He protected me. The Lord is my Defender and Protector. He also provides the offense – the Sword of Truth. The Word of God has infused me with confidence in Him. I see the Scriptures totally different than I did a few years back – I wish I had discovered the richness of the Word of God years before. I’m thankful for how the Lord speaks into my life through His Word. I’m thankful how He uses others to speak into my life through His Word. If I have any wisdom and discernment as a husband, Dad, teacher, friend, REALTOR – it’s because the Lord is providing insight and wisdom through His Word.

I can feel Him shielding & protecting me.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Shield

 

Blue security shieldThe Law Enforcement community serves as a shield to protect the public from bad actors and criminals. They often carry a shield in their pocket that is also known as a badge. The shield in their pocket doesn’t protect them as much as it signifies their protection of the public.

My son plays drums at our church and a few years ago the put a Plexiglas shield around the drum kit to shield the noise level of his instrument from overpowering the other instruments.

King David is the author of most the Psalms. He writes when he’s full of joy or even when he’s scared to death. I came across one of his psalms when he was fleeing from his son who had stolen the throne from him. He obviously feared for his life. Check this out…

1 Lord, how many are my foes!

    How many rise up against me!

2 Many are saying of me,

    “God will not deliver him.”

3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,

    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

4 I call out to the Lord,

    and he answers me from his holy mountain.

8 From the Lord comes deliverance.

    May your blessing be on your people. (Psalm 3:1-4,8 NIV)

I often need the shield of God around me and I’m not even aware of the dangers. I do ask often for His protection of me and my family. I do believe that the Lord can provide protection and provision like no one else. He has unlimited resources and unlimited power to protect and preserve me.

I’m still learning to call out to Him first when I’m afraid. I used to think I could take care of things, but I’ve learned that I am powerless without Him. He makes a way when there seems to be no way. He is my Kevlar vest. He is my bullet-proof glass. He is my security detail. I trust Him and His protection and His timing of when it’s my time to come home to Him. He is a shield around me today and every day.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Protection

Punishment Security IconsMy clothes protect my body from the elements. I can hardly imagine what it would be like to be exposed to the burning sun without protection. I also can’t imagine exposure to extreme cold without protection of my clothing or a warm coat. The fact is I need protection from lots of things. I need protection from bad people, so I’m thankful for our law enforcement as well as military who protect me from bad people.

The Lord is my ultimate Protector. He knows my needs. He knows my weaknesses. He knows the desires of my heart – good or bad. He knows me. He loves me. He protects me. Check this out…

11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;

    let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,

    that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;

    you surround them with your favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:11-12 NIV)

 

I feel protected by the Lord. I feel like His Presence is like a blanket of protection spread over me. His Presence in me is a huge game-changer. He has the Power to Protect me from anything and everything. He not only protects me, but surrounds me with His Favor. I really want the Lords favor on my family. I want His favor on my work. I want His favor on my life.  I want His favor all over me like a protective shield.  I’m going to rest under the favor of The Lord today and every day!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Shield, Sustainer, Deliverer

ArmorI used to love the Renaissance period where people had the body armor, shields and swords for protection. I had the opportunity to go to a Renaissance festival in Atlanta a few years back and seeing the protective gear up close was a bit different. I could see the flaws in the armor, the places where a sword could get through and possibly cause death. The shield is more of a defensive weapon and the sword much more offensive.  I think the shield is a significant part of the protective gear, especially the big shields that you could put your entire body behind. The Lord is referred to as a shield many times throughout scripture. Check this out….

Lord, how many are my foes!

    How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,

   “God will not deliver him.”
3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,

    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord,

    and he answers me from his holy mountain. (Psalm 3:1-4 NIV)

The Lord is also my Sustainer. He keeps me steady and strong in the middle of impossible odds. Check this out…

I lie down and sleep;

    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands

    assail me on every side. (Psalm 3:5-6 NIV)

The Lord is also my Deliverer. He has power and resources that I can’t begin to wrap my head around. He not only delivers me, but He can lift me up and give me victory when I should have been defeated.  Check this out…

7 Arise, Lord!

    Deliver me, my God!

Strike all my enemies on the jaw;

    break the teeth of the wicked.
8 From the Lord comes deliverance.

    May your blessing be on your people. (Psalm 3:7-8 NIV)

The Lord is my Shield, my Sustainer and my Deliverer. He’s got it all covered on His part – my part is putting my faith and trust in Him!

 Pressing On!
Dwayne