There is a beautiful castle not far from us called Haut-Koenigsbourg. It is perched high in the Vosges mountains and from its windows there are some amazing views. It is a furnished castle with an armory filled with all kinds of ancient instruments of war. Included in their collection are some antique shields. Every piece of armor is critical but maybe none more than the shield that protects.
Normally, when I think of biblical references to the shield, my mind either goes to the list of spiritual armor in Ephesians 6, or the Psalms that talk of the Lord Himself being a shield. Our verse for today talks about the shield being His favor. What a beautiful thought, that He surrounds the righteous with His favor and blessing!
He promises favor and blessing for those who are in right standing with Him. I have no righteousness of my own, but I am the recipient of His righteousness. I am His own and He in His grace takes care of His own. I do not deserve such care and attention.
Because of His favor shielding me, I can take refuge in Him. He is my Protector and that means I can move through this life without fear. It also means I can face death without fear. Putting my trust in Him is my defense in the midst of battle. I can sing and shout for joy regardless of the circumstances. I know the outcome of every skirmish as He is the Victor! As Psalm 3:3 says, He is my shield and the “lifter of my head!”
I am so unworthy. Thank you, Lord, for surrounding me with Your favor today.