A Shield For Bad Days

 

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7

So frequently, in this broken and imperfect world, our hearts feel downcast. In small ways on blue days, or in deep sorrow or depression, our hearts can feel the weight of sin, loss, or lies. The devil likes to remind us that we are broken, imperfect, and unworthy. Satan likes to dredge up the past, whisper untruths, and yell obscenities in our faces. He will remind us of all that we’ve lost and instill fear for all that we could yet lose.

But God doesn’t want us to live in fear, hopelessness, or despair. How do we live in this world, see what we see, hear what we hear, do what we do, and not let life drag us down?

Psalm 28:7 reminds us that it is THE LORD who is our very strength and shield. He will protect us, guard us, and give us strength. But for a shield to protect us, we must take up the shield and carry it before us. To unmask the lies of Satan, we must hold high the truths of God’s word.

  • – The truth is that we are broken, but we are mended by the master potter.
  • – The truth is that we are selfish, but we are learning to love others by the best teacher there is.
  • – The truth is that we will make mistakes, but we will learn from them, and we can find forgiveness through them.
  • – The truth is that we will experience loss and sadness, but that God will provide for us and meet our needs.
  • – The truth is that we will see effects of sin all throughout the world around us, but there is One who brings healing.
  • – The truth is that God will  be our shield when we put Him before us, and Satan has no claim on us–He WILL lose this battle.

Whatever lies Satan may throw at you today, or whatever heartaches you may endure, find your truth, your shield of protection, and your strength, in the almighty, all powerful, all sufficient Lord. In every seemingly hopeless situation, there is a life preserver of Truth to cling to.

What is your truth today?

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Amber Oliver

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