Strength & Shield
Psalm 28:7 NKJV
Psalm 28:3-5 NKJV
Psalm 91:11 NKJV
Revelation 12:7-9, Revelation 20, and Revelation 21
Psalm 34:7 NKJV
Psalm 3:3-4 NKJV
I’ve mentioned before that I had a dream (really a nightmare) when I was 26 years old. I can pin point the timing because I was six months pregnant with my third child.
It was absolutely the most frightening experience I’ve had in my life.
As I slept, Satan came to my bedside and was trying to get to me. He had a lot of arms and he was swiping and trying to reach me. To this day I don't know for sure, but I was afraid he wanted my baby.
There was a catch…
A bright white beam of light separated me from his evil grasp. He could not touch me.
I woke up screaming.
I could smell a stench in the air.
I cried and prayed, and cried some more.
I did finally go back to sleep.
I asked God that night to shield me from ever actually seeing Satan again. I know when he is nearby because I can feel his presence, but since that night I’ve not seen him again.
The thing I remember most about my experience that night is the bright white beam of light that completely and totally separated me from Satan.
In Psalm 28:7 David wrote, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.”
David knew what it was like to be pursued by evil men.
In Psalm 28:3-5 he wrote, “Do not take me away with the wicked and with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace to their neighbors, but evil is in their hearts. Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; give them according to the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve. Because they do not regard the works of the Lord, nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them and not build them up.”
David knew that often evil sneaks in like a thief in the night. In Psalm 28:4 David asks God to see their deeds and to give them what they deserve.
There have been times in my life when I’ve prayed continuously that God would protect and shield me from those who do not desire to bring honor to God. Just like you, I’ve known people who have their own agenda and they are willing to do anything to succeed with their plan. They have not prayed about what God would have them do. They did not regard God and His plans.
In Psalm 28:5, David asked God to destroy them and not allow them to succeed.
After I had the dream about evil, I started reading everything I could find about Spiritual Warfare. I saw evil and I knew I needed to understand the best way to stand and fight. I came to realize that God IS my strength and shield.
After my dream that night in 1979 I heard that Billy Graham wrote a book entitled, Angels: God’s Secret Agents. That book was a great help and comfort to me as I sought to learn about the various ways God protects us.
As I read and prayed, I learned that Angels appear in scripture to proclaim a specific message God sent them to give. I also found references to Angels who went to war for God.
We are promised in Psalm 91:11, “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”
We read in Revelation 12:7-9 that warring angels will wage war. In Revelation 20, angels will bind Satan, and in Revelation 21 angels will stand guard.
I came to believe that not only is the Spirit active in our lives, God has His own armies that protect us.
We are promised in Psalm 34:7 that “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.”
God IS my strength and shield.
Psalm 3:3-4 tells us: “But 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. Selah”
God hears us.
God protects us.
God IS our strength and shield!
Today’s Spiritual Practice is: God Your Shield and Strength
Set aside time to experience God as your protector and your shield. Speak the words to Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield.” If you like to write, put your feelings to paper. If you are an artist, draw or paint about it. If you live by logic, outline your thoughts. Date it and save the paper, outline, or sketch in your Bible. Whenever you think of God being your strength and shield you can pull the paper out of your Bible to remind you that no matter what you face, God is your strength and shield.
In God, Deborah