A Shield of Protection

A few weeks ago, I received a text from a friend describing some hurtful words spoken to her by a family member. The words were untrue and unreasonably harsh. I responded to her by saying:

I’m praying that Jesus will be a shield of protection for you in this moment—to stand guard between you and those words.

Once I sent the response, I continued to think about God as our shield. I wanted to research it further to see what the Bible says because it’s a powerful image.

I found that it’s a common theme throughout scripture…

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 (NIV)

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3 (NIV)

My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. Psalm 7:10 (NIV)

As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30 (NIV)

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:114 (NIV)

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16 (NIV)

(Many more similar references can be found here).

Could I lean on the protection of God more often to shield the lies that I allow to enter my mind? At times, I try to do it all by myself. I depend on my own strength to filter out hurtful words and destructive lies.

When I looked up the verb “shield” in the dictionary, I found this definition:

–to prevent harm or damage to somebody or something by using a physical barrier or by intervening in a protective way

We have the ultimate protector. He is standing right beside us saying:

You don’t have to do it all alone.

I understand your pain.

I am your refuge.

I am your shield.

Lord, I invite you to intervene in a protective way in my life. Be my refuge and my shield. Lift my head high. I want to seek your truth above all else. Let me rest in youmy shield and my salvation. Amen.


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5 responses to “A Shield of Protection

  1. Chasie

    Just what I needed to hear, A2 🙂 Vereses to go with exactly what I’ve been thinking about!

  2. As I read this, my thought was that I need Christ to shield me from the judgments I hurl at myself. These sting as much or more than those from others because only I can hear them. Thanks for this reminder that God can protect me even from myself.

    • Shannon, that is such a good point. Many of the lies I believe come from within myself. And yes, God wants to shield us from those as well! You and I process things very much the same way…I miss being in Bible Study with you.

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