Posts Tagged ‘God is armor’

Psalm 28:8-9: The Lord is My Shield

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Psalm 28:8-9The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I have been helped; therefore my heart dances for joy; and in my song will I praise him.

When we are in the midst of harrowing circumstances and our thoughts fly about so quickly they barely register, we must step behind the only shield that both protects and nourishes.  As St. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6, we always have the opportunity to put on Christ.  He is the only armor we need.

God says:  When you feel that you must go into battle, let me be your armor.  There is really no combat for you to plan.  You do not need to plot or scheme.  I have already rescued you.  You are already ransomed from the mob and even protected.  I will not let you cease to exist.  Be glad in this, and even though you may not yet feel like dancing, begin to form a song in your heart that will later rise to your lips.  I love you, and I will not let you down.  You are, in fact, already saved.

For more on how to wear the armor of Christ see the Ephesians – Christ page on this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/the-book-of-our-life/ephesians-christ/

A re-post from June 19, 2012.

Image from: http://sharon-justsaying.blogspot.com/2010/08/hope-help-shield.html

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Proverbs 2: The Blessings of Wisdom

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wisdom – The Pearl of Great Price

A shield guarding the paths of justice. In our current world climate, we can surely use a defense against the onslaught of too much dark news.

Awe of God and an appreciation of God’s knowledge. In our present day, we eagerly welcome God’s power and enlightenment.

Righteousness, justice and equity. In our present circumstances, we look with hope for God’s compassion and mercy.

The writer of Proverbs shows us loose women as temptresses who lead young men astray; but he uses this image as a metaphor for any alluring idea, object or person who would lead us away from the path God lays out for us and The Way Jesus shows us. Today we might ask also about the handlers and users of these women who take advantage of God’s creation for fiscal and physical power and domination, and the role they play in the corruption of God’s creation.

And so, we reckon with God’s presence and assess the value of God’s influence in our lives, and we take stock of all that detracts, and all that brings us value. Where else might we find a safeguard that protects us against every ill wind? Where else might we discover such a deep well of awareness that keeps us eternally secure? And where else might we discern the bottomless empathy, kindness and love of the Lord? The writer of Proverbs opens wisdom for us today.

Other translations of this chapter title are The Value of Wisdom, The Rewards of Wisdom, Make Insight your Priority. When we compare different versions of these verses, we might see more clearly the worth, insight and blessings of the time we spend with Lady Wisdom.

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