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Psalms 18:35 “You give me your shield of victory, O Lord, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.”

My NIV Ryrie Bible also has the following translation of the same verse:

“Thou has also given me the shield of Thy salvation, And Thy right hand upholds me; And Thy gentleness makes me great.”

I found this first translation on a card; the flip side of the card had the prayer of Jabez on it (1 Chronicles 4:10). I think I got this card from a Bible study or Sunday School class at church. The interesting thing about this card was when it turned up. During the New Year’s holiday weekend, I determined to clean up my computer desk area (which had become a magnet for all sorts of paper, notebooks, computer media, etc.) It was amazing; as I re-filed or simply threw away stuff, I began to see more of the desk and less of the clutter. But among all those papers was this card. When I read “shield of victory” in the verse, and knowing I was about to next address the shield of faith in this armor of God series, I smiled.

You see, I learned a word a long time ago that I like. This was not a “coincidence”; this was a “God-incidence”. God works in mysterious ways…sometimes leaving a verse for you and me to remember and to go over.

God has given us His shield of victory; He has given us his shield of salvation….I can think of no better way to state it than by the words of the hymn “O victory in Jesus, my Savior forever”? I would not want to do without His protection or His provision at any time.

Have a blessed day in Him!

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Ephesians 6:16 “in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.”

Happy (and belated) New Year everyone! Let’s continue with the first of the two hand-held pieces of the armor: the shield of faith.

According to Merriam-Webster.com, “shield” means “a broad piece of defensive armor carried on the arm” or “one that protects or defends “. (I like both definitions.) “Faith” has several variations on the same meaning, but I like this one best: “belief and trust in and loyalty to God.” Faith has its Latin roots in the same word where we get the word “fidelity” from.

The Strongest Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible states that “shield” occurs 68 times in the Bible (in its singular and plural forms). “Faith” occurs 246 times as the root word “faith”; 82 times as “faithful”, 8 times as “faithfully”, 19 times as “faithfulness”, and 4 times as “faithless”. As you can see, there’s a lot of faith in the Bible! 🙂

Something interesting I turned up here: of the 68 times that “shield” occurs in the Bible, only once is it used in the New Testament. The other 67 times, it is used in the Old Testament only. One of the Old Testament references is Psalms 18:35. I’ll share with you in the next post how God showed me that verse this past weekend!

Have a blessed day and new year!

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