David prayed, “But you, Lord are a shield around me, my glory and the one who lifts my head high.” (Psalm 3:3)
A shield is a common symbol of God’s protection. Shields were used in defensive warfare. According to Smith’s Bible Dictionary, “The ordinary shield consisted of a framework of wood covered with leather; it thus admitted of being burnt. It was frequently cased with metal, either brass or copper.” Here’s the thing: weapons couldn’t get past the shield.
You are in a major battle with the enemy of your soul. One of his primary targets is your mind. If he can get you wrapped up in faulty thinking and focused on “what if’s and what then’s,” you will live a distracted life. Rather than centering your focus on Christ, you’ll be focused on all your worries and all that could possibly go wrong. We need to shield our thinking.
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