Psalm 3:3-6 – “But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. 4 I was crying to the LORD with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah. 5 I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustains me. 6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about.”  NASU

Someone recently said something that I’ve heard hundreds of times, “Growing old is not for sissies.”  I responded, “Life is not always easy, but worth the effort.”  The person I was talking to said, “True, if.”  I waited, and they said no more.  Before I could ask what the ‘if’ was, the Holy Spirit whispered to my heart, the “If” is Me, the If is God!”

I have often thought about Life and Living.  As a minister and having served as a pastor of congregations it has been my joy and sorrow to deal with people in varying situations and stages of life.  Joy to see the work of God in bringing them to peace and victory, sorry when I was unable to help them find the solace and peace they craved. 

In life we encounter difficulties. That statement makes me Mr. Obvious but as simplistic and broad as it is, it is true.  None of us are immune from problems and none of us are exempt from having enemies who desire to rend us into nothingness.  Jesus declared as much in the Gospels.  However, He also said, that we were not to fear or fret because we could live in the confidence that it is our Heavenly Father’s desire to ‘give us the kingdom.’  Jesus promised to bring to us abundant life and make life worth living.  That is a tremendous comfort to me.

The Psalmist declared, in the midst of difficulties, “Lord, you are a shield about me.”   In Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance the word ‘shield’ is protection but one of the imageries was that of the ‘hide of a crocodile.’  I laughed and rejoiced when I read that.  The crocodile’s hide has historically been viewed by ancient civilizations as impenetrable.  That’s the clear message of the Psalmist, “God, you are like the hide of a crocodile, impenetrable, in your protective covering.”  That is enough to make me want to shout, Hallelujah!  Well, Hallelujah!

In the Book of Job, when the devil appeared before the Throne of God, God baited him with Job and the devil’s objection was, “But you have a hedge or a shield about him.”  God did not deny that.  In Zechariah 2:5 God said, “For I, declared the Lord, will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.”  That was His promise for Jerusalem and I believe His desire and promise for each of us.  He is our shield and buckler, our glory, and the giver and sustainer of life.  We do not have to fear what is outside when we fear, reverentially, God and serve Him.  That’s the “If” of my friend’s statement. 

Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Hell is not God’s desire for us Heaven and Life are!  Jesus did not come to destroy but to bring Life!  Therefore, when you are facing difficulty, disappointment, and even depression look upward and rejoice because our God is “A Shield About Us!”  And if God is for us it really doesn’t matter who is against us, they are no match for Him. No problem, disease, difficulty, person, or devil in hell is a match for Him!  

Put on the whole armor of God (which is to be united and one with Him) and allow the Holy Spirit to teach you how to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus.  Allow the Spirit of God to enable you to pull down strongholds.  Allow the Life of God to flow richly in your hearts and minds and as you do you will discover that Life is worth the effort!

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

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