My Strength and Shield

Psalm 28:7a “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.”

This verse is such a powerful and comforting verse. These words have been and continue to be a source of comfort and strength to me.

Psalm 28 written by David is an appeal to be heard. He cries out to God for deliverance and to deal with those who harbour malice in their hearts and defy God. The psalm begins with the plea to be heard but shifts in verse 6 to praise for who God is.

David depicts a confidence in being heard and affirms himself of who is with him.

This week, this verse really spoke to me. Let’s break it down and get into this rich verse.

The Lord – The Hebrew word for Lord is ‘adon’ which means master. It means one who has authority over another and also provides for and protects those under his charge.

When David says Lord, there is an affirmation and confirmation that God is master over him and all things. He is the one with the authority over every situation and over every happening. All is within and under His sovereign control.

For us: In the midst of any challenge it is good to be reminded and affirm who is truly Lord over all. May we not only verbally acknowledge that He is Lord over our life but let that reality shape our emotions, our responses and the perspective with which we view all of our situations.

The Lord Is – implying a present continuing reality and a sure confidence of who the Lord is to him, not just in the past but being Lord over David’s life is very much an existent and ongoing reality.

For us: This truth should be evident in our actions and reactions every day. Are we showing that He is pre-eminent in our lives every single day and in every single area of our lives?

The Lord is My – Our Lord who is mighty and sovereign is also a personal God, who knows our fears, our weaknesses, our challenges and our struggles. He knows our every thought and worry. He cares for our smallest and deepest need. He knows when we need His comfort, a word of encouragement, a reminder, some courage, His mercy, His love and when we need an extra dose of His grace. Our God is Lord of all and yet He is also yours and my heavenly Father. Let us rest in that knowledge.

The Lord is my Strength – Our Lord who is the author and answer to everything, who created all, who is the mightiest of the mighty, is our unlimited and most powerful source of strength.

He gives us strength

  • To walk through our valleys
  • To face our trials
  • To forgive when we have been hurt
  • To love those we would struggle to extend that to
  • To wait on His timing and His wisdom
  • To be kind to those who have been unkind to us
  • To stand strong against temptation
  • To stand firm when our faith is tested
  • To reflect Him in our everyday life

The Lord is my strength and My Shield – Our Lord not only fills us with His strength when we need it but He also protects us.

He shields us from the enemy’s arrows. Taking the analogy of a literal shield in one’s hand, our Lord is our shield that goes with us but also in front of us. A shield that is very much within our reach. There are times when a shield deflects an arrow or a strike that was unexpected but other times, we position that shield to specifically block that strike. Similarly, God protects us from the enemy’s attacks which we do not see approaching, the enemy is always on the prowl (1 Peter 5:8) and other times we have to avail the Lord’s protection to specifically block an attack.  

My heart trusts in Him – I like that David says His heart trusts in God. Not his mind – our minds search for reasoning but our heart believes. When we believe in God, know His character, feel His presence and look back at how faithful he has always been, our heart knows that we do not need to have tangible evidence of His actions to know with surety that He is working on our behalf.

Our situation might scream otherwise but our heart trusts in the one who never leaves us or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5), who turns the impossible into the possible, who turns all evil into good for those who love him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)

And I am helped – David depicts a confidence that the Lord will help him. David prays with specificity regarding being heard and for wanting deliverance from those who wrong Him. But he does not specify how exactly his answer of help will come through. He is confident that the Lord will help him, but how – that he leaves to God.

We tend to lean towards wanting our pleas answered in a specific way but our confidence should be in knowing that the Lord will come through for us but the help he provides is according to His wisdom. Our help may come in a practical manner with exactly the answer to what we prayed for or it might be spiritual, where the Lord grows us in our faith, teaches us dependence on Him, that our security lies in Him or brings someone to faith.

I share a short true story that I heard a while ago that speaks into this. A young boy in his early teens found himself hanging with the wrong crowd. He ended up getting shot during an incident of street crime. He sustained spinal injuries and ended up as a paralytic waist down. His family prayed for him and he too (although not a follower of Jesus) prayed for a miracle to be completely healed. He relays this story as a man of 28yrs sitting in his wheelchair. To our eyes he did not seem to have received his miracle but he thinks differently. He said he did receive his miracle, it was not what he asked for at the time but something much more valuable, it was not a healing of the body but a restoration of his soul.

What he said really struck me. His help came in a completely different way to what he asked for or expected. His eternal trajectory was entirely and forever changed. Where does our help come from, it comes from our maker (Psalm 121:1). He is our all-knowing, loving God, let us trust Him to know and provide the help we need according to His wisdom and will.

May we abide and rest in the knowledge that God is our strength, our shield and our help. May this powerful verse be a source of encouragement, comfort and courage to you when you need it.

God Bless.

39 thoughts on “My Strength and Shield

  1. A very powerful and comforting post! As David says, God gives us comfort, strength, and protection. Our role is to trust God in our hearts and realize that He is our shield, our help, and our salvation. We are blessed! Have a wonderful weekend! 🌺

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  2. The verse is so beautiful. And I love the way you broke it down. It helped me to see it in a new light. The story you shared is so powerful. I pray that no matter what we face, we remember that God is our strength and our shield, I pray that our hearts learn to trust Him, and that we know we are helped no matter how our outside circumstances look. This was a wonderful post!

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    1. Thank you Bridget. I agree about that story, it really struck me too. To be at peace with his provision even if our earthly circumstances reflect differently is a very spiritually mature place to be. I hope to grow in that area.
      Have a blessed weekend 🤗💙.

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  3. Thank you for the timely reminder the need to trust in our Lord, who is our strength and shield.

    Indeed nothing is too hard for God, who cares for every single thing or detail that concerns us.

    Also, the story you shared is very inspiring and encouraging. Physical healing vs. Soul restoration.

    Powerful and inspiring sermon 🙏, dear.

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  4. I love the passages of King David. He was constantly dealing with some sort of trial, but his example shows how important it is to lean on Jehovah God for help. He won’t always take away our problems but will always give us the strength we need to endure them.
    “However, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the power beyond what is normal may be God’s and not from us. We are hard-pressed in every way, but not cramped beyond movement; we are perplexed, but not absolutely with no way out; we are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down, but not destroyed.” – 2 Corinthians 4;7-9

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  5. Sometimes a post leaves me at a loss for words and yours did just that. I know that verse well, believe it through and through, walked it more then once and will again. God is doing a new work in my heart recently and your post is a reminder of all that has been accumulating . I just finished a book titled, “I Have Seen The End Of You.”, most moving book I have read in a long time. Then as I surf the blog word, God brings in post after post to continue this work He is doing. I am writing a memoir of my life but have been at a standstill for over a year. The time is getting close to Him wanting me to get back to it. I stopped at an especially hard part of my life. A time in our marriage that has been the most hurtful and honestly I would rather just read about others lives then share mine but God is persistent. Thank you for your words filled with wisdom and truth and courage. All of these I need.

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    1. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I was touched that this post encouraged you.
      I have not read that book but am interested now.
      God does have a way of reminding and nudging us through different ways to what He wants us to do. Your story will touch someone, relate to someone in a way that God intends for it to. You have to just trust His leading. I pray that you will feel His presence, peace and strength in all that you need to do.

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  6. David prayed with specificity – That is my secret weapon too.

    David didn’t talk to God, He reported to God.

    He was always on duty

    If there is one thing I rely on it is specific prayers.

    God uses a different kind of speed to answer them.

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