The Lord is our shield,
our glory, our hope.
The shield is a weapon
of war, used in self defense against all attacking enemies and their weapons.
Defenseless and unless,
we have some sort of shield to fend off all assaults on our person, man is
useless on his own, and useless unless he has some sort of shield to fend off
the assaults of life. God provides that defensive shield, Gen 15:1; Deut 33:29;
2 Sam 22:3; Ps 28:7; 119:114; 144:2; 33:20; 84:11; Prov 30:5.
In this world we are
helpless. The world is greater than all of us collectively. Only Christ is
greater than the world, and only through Christ do we have some semblance of
defense against the world.
Bible doctrine is that
defensive shield, insulating and reinforcing our soul, placing us within His
fortress, before His Temple, in the presence of His Throne of power and
sovereignty. Refer back to Psalm 1.
Without Christ, without
doctrine, without spiritual growth, we are nothing, dust in the wind, helpless
and without hope.
I asked the question
online about what folks thought about Obama and his muslim beliefs. Some
commented that it was not a bible study question. But in fact it is.
If the leadership of our
country, opposes Christ, if those who elected him oppose Christ or are
indifferent, does that not have an impact on us, on our country, on the world
as a whole? Weak leadership points to a spiritually weak society, and that
God is our glory.
As man, we are all
nothing more than specks of dust. From dust, the basic elements of the world, He
formed us all. From nothing, He created our human life and soul. Bringing the
two together, He made is alive in this world. From faith, He again created out
of nothing, our human spirit giving us eternal life and the opportunity to live
forever with Him in heaven.
Where then, is our
glory? Is it from the dust? Is it from our elements? Is it from our own
innovation and creation?
Of himself, man is
nothing. We only become something when we were made alive, when we learn
doctrine, which is truth, when we become complete through spiritual growth, and
it is not us who accomplish’s this, but God.
He lifts up our head.
That is hope. Without God there is no hope. Without hope there is no future.
When we are burdened and
in despair, our heads droop down. And it takes something greater than our despair,
something that lifts us up out of that despair, to bring hope of something
better. God and only God can accomplish that.
One of the things that
is severely lacking in this world is respect.
Men are commanded to love
their wives. Women are commanded to respect their husbands. Children are
commanded to honor their parents.
Respect is the common
thread that holds society together. When it is lacking then trouble rises and
destroys the very fabric of society.
adversarial competition, arrogance, approbation, ego and so forth, raise the
levels of disrespect in the world, and indifference or rejection of God, of
Christ, of doctrine, of Gods mandates, all contribute to the destruction of
And then we would have
no hope, no honor, and certainly no shield to guard us from an unraveling