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August 12, 1992

Sun and Shield

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For the LORD God is a sun and shield. PSALM 84:11
What does it mean that the Lord is our sun and shield?
The sun is the center of our solar system. All of the planets revolve around it and derive their heat from it. For earth in particular, the sun is absolutely necessary to sustain life. It determines our seasons and climates, our days and nights, and to some degree even our moods and attitudes. Throughout the ages, people have even worshiped the sun in some form or other. It is essential to life as we know it.
Is the Lord the center of our universe? We often hear people talk about priorities. They mention that they want God to be the top priority in their lives. This is totally the wrong perspective and paradigm. He is not on the top of a list—He is at the center of every item on the list, whether it is work, family, church, friends, hobbies, or anything else. The Lord is our sun. Without Him we would not exist. He is not a priority in life; He is life itself.
In this day and age, we do not have much experience with shields. But in Old Testament times, if you were a soldier or warrior, you knew what a shield was and you knew how to use one. If you didn’t, you were as good as dead in battle. A shield was a miniature wall of armor behind which you hid to protect yourself from the arrows and swords of your enemy. Arrows could be launched from quite a distance, so keeping your shield up and protecting yourself was important. When you became engaged in hand-to-hand combat, a shield could help protect you from direct attacks with a sword or club. It was an essential defense weapon.
Is the Lord our protector and defense? We should look to Him when the attack is at hand or when it is launched from afar. He is our Protector. Nothing can take us from His hand of protection. We are safe within His care. This does not mean that we will not face hardship, but through it all we are under His watchful eye. He desires our maturity in Him, not our independence from Him. At all times and in all ways, He will be there to protect, defend, and shield us from the enemy of our souls.

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