A Daily Devotional with David Olatona — GOD IS MY SHIELD

Main TextPsalms 3:1-8WatchwordBut You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill.Psalms 3:3-4 (NKJV)As David moves his eyes from the enemy to God, the tone of the whole text changes. “You, Oh LORD, are a shield for me” was not a prayer that David is asking God to fulfill but this is a strong declaration of truth. Jehovah was and is still a shield to His people regardless of the situation, He is always with us though many times we are blind to His presence.God’s “holy hill” refers to Mount Zion in Jerusalem, where the ark of the covenant remained. Zadok and the Levites were carrying the ark to join David in his escape but David sent them back into the city (2 Samuel 15:24-26). Even though David was separated geographically from the symbol of God’s dwelling place, the separation was no hindrance to his prayers. So no matter where we are or in what kind of difficult circumstances we find ourselves—even if our difficulties are the result of our own sin or failure—we can cry out to the Lord for grace and know that He will hear and answer according to His purpose.God protects as a shield which is a defensive weapon. David said that the LORD is a shield about him, not just in front of him, but all around him so it means that God is our protector and defender, He shields us from the enemy’s attacks. Note how David personalizes it, that the Lord is a shield “about me.” Your faith in the Lord must be personal. When you are under attack, you can remind yourself that God is my shield.ConfessionI praise you Oh God for giving me victory over every power of the evil one.PrayerThe enemy encompasses me, challenges are round about me, looks like the world is caving in on me, but I am unmoved, Lord, you are my shield and protector, arise now and defend me from all sideAdditional ReadingPsalms 119:114Psalms 91:15