You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
As a knight enters the battlefield they first make sure they are fully equipped. A knight has many different pieces of gear that makes up their entire uniform, but it’s in their shield that they will take refuge in the heat of battle. A shield can take the hit, cover the knight, and hold fast when he cannot. That’s the power of the shield. Roman soldiers were known for their military strength, but they were only as strong as the soldier next to them and the power of the shield wall. Throughout all time shields have been used for defense and to guard against evil.
There is another place in scripture that talks about being behind a shield; Ephesians 6:16, where we see the shield of faith. Faith and Hope are thought by some to be synonyms. Our faith has to be in God’s word for it is the defense and, according to Ephesians 6:17, the only offensive piece that we have in the armor of God. If our faith and hope are strong in the Lord, then we will be able to defend against anything that comes our way.
This week, take refuge in the Lord and let Him take the blows that would normally bring us to our knees. In Him we have sure footing and can stand fast against the sins and desires of the flesh. Just like the Romans, we have brothers and sisters in Christ who are holding their shields next to ours, and together we can bring about revival in the Church.
A Servant of Christ,