War includes offense and defense, strategies and tactics, weapons and warriors. But, in the final analysis, warriors and their weapons make the difference. Warriors who are fit for battle and weapons that match or exceed those of the enemy.
David was a warrior who had been in many battles. He knew what it took to be victorious or how easy it was to go down in defeat. And he summarized his “battle plan” in Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped.”
God is our resource for whatever strength we may ever need. Isaiah said, “He gives strength to the weary...those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” His strength never diminishes nor will His power ever be less than it was when He created the universe. He will never be too tired to reach out to us nor is His ear ever closed to our voice when we call upon Him to renew us. We can put all of our trust in Him because He was, is and always will be faithful to keep His promises and fulfill our every need.
In Genesis 15:1 we read that God spoke to Abram and said, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your very great reward.” Abram had rescued Lot from the kings of the east and was afraid of some type of reprisal. But God put his heart at ease and assured him of His reward and protection. It was not God nor was it Abram. It was God working through Abram and assuring him that He was his shield, that He would honor him, and go before him and lead him from one victory to another.
Prayer: Father, we are blest to know that every battle is Yours and that YOU alone are our strength and shield. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.