Wisdom's Corner
Use Your Shield

You have probably seen pictures of soldiers from ancient times. Or maybe you have seen a movie with soldiers from a long time ago. Did you notice that the soldiers carried a small shield with one arm and a sword or lance in the other hand?

The shield was very important. The soldier used it to keep the enemy from hitting him with their sword or arrows. No matter what angle the enemy swung his sword from the soldier could put his shield in the way.

The shield in Old Testament times was usually made of leather or of a metal called brass. The shield was anointed with oils to help make the blows of the enemy slide away from the shield.

We read again from Psalm 144:1-2, "Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me."

God is our fortress, our high tower, our deliverer, and our shield. He can only be our shield if we study His word. We must know how to use the shield. If we study and learn how to use it, then whenever our spiritual enemies attack, we can stop the blows by using God. He will protect us.

Other scriptures telling us about God our shield are Psalm 33:20, Psalm 119:114, and Psalm 28:7.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 1998

Published by The Old Paths Bible School