Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Lord is My Strength and My Shield

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We have another gem from Pastor Chris McFarland, this one fairly recent.  We'll let the Word and his thoughts on it speak for themselves.  Be blessed.

Psalm 28:7–8 (ESV)  The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. 8 The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.

Psalm 29:11 (AMP)  The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Proverbs 24:5 (AMP)  A wise man is strong and is better than a strong man, and a man of knowledge increases and strengthens his power;

Psalm 3:3 (AMP)  But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

It is almost a thing that does not need to be said, but it is a thing that needs to be experienced and gloried in: "I have been helped, assisted, supported" and deeply strengthened by the Lord himself. He has put his hand on my life. He has put his spirit in my heart. He has strengthened me in the deepest parts of my soul. Those things in my heart that I would hide from and try so desperately to control. Those inner voices of insecurity, fear and forbidden desires that I find in my fallen humanity, he gives me strength and energy to rise above and put behind me. These other masters he removes and replaces with himself. The Lord is my inner strength. He is stronger than all that arises against me from within. Isaiah had this testimony:

Isaiah 26:13–15 (AMP)  O Lord, our God, other masters besides You have ruled over us, but we will acknowledge and mention Your name only.  They [the former tyrant masters] are dead, they shall not live and reappear; they are powerless ghosts, they shall not rise and come back. Therefore You have visited and made an end of them and caused every memory of them [every trace of their supremacy] to perish.  You have increased the nation, O Lord; You have increased the nation. You are glorified; You have enlarged all the borders of the land.

He takes the power from the inner bullies of our past and removes their control over our lives. Our conscience is purged, renewed and restored. Our will is revamped, reoriented to grace and given strength again. Our mind is transformed and filled with the thoughts of God. Our consciousness comes back to a God filled state and our desires are balanced and freed to respond to the goodness of God. The Lord is my inner strength. I have been helped and my soul has been restored in Christ.
He is also my shield, my outer protection. There is much that will come against us from the enemy's camp. These demonic armies and the world will seek to redirect my path and destroy my faith. We could say a great deal about this because there is much that will oppose the singularity of where God has placed us. To many it will seem too narrow and severe. The many do not often know of the blessing of the his shielding strength. But this does not destroy the value and impact of his covering of our lives. He protects and keeps his people safe. He who watches over us neither slumbers nor sleeps. He shepherds and protects us. He is a shield for us. We can know the blessing of his shielding powers.

Psalm 91 (ESV)  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.  You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.  Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place — the Most High, who is my refuge — no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.  On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.  “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.  When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.  With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Lord Jesus, we desire to live in the sheltering presence of the Lord today. We desire to have your inner strength to be our portion this day. Put to flight the enemies of our lives and our families. Stop the progress of evil in our lives and in the land where we live. Bring healing to our lives, our churches, our families and our countries we pray. Amen!!!

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