For You, O Lord, bless the righteous man [the one who is in right standing with You]; You surround him with favor as with a shield. (Ps 5:2 AMP)
And so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. (Pro 3:4)
. . . but his favor is like dew on the grass. (Pro 19:12 b)
Favor is approval of, preference for or goodwill toward one individual bestowed upon them either by another person or by the Lord God. The verses above all talk about God’s favor. According to the Bible, God’s favor is upon His people, and actually surrounds us much like a shield.
What does a shield do? In Bible times, shields were usually “anointed” (Isa 21:5b), in order to preserve them, and at the same time to make the missiles of the enemy glide off of them more readily. These [Roman] shields were very large; the largest could have been 3-1/2 feet tall by 3 feet wide! They were rectangular and curved outward, so as to protect the person behind it, and they could repel attacks without transmitting the full force of the assault to the shield-holder. In the center of the shield, on the side facing the opponent, was a large metal knob or projection [boss]. It was able to deflect even the more vicious blows and operate in a limited offensive capacity as a means of knocking an opponent backwards.
God’s favor upon His people operates in a similar fashion to a shield, except that it is larger, stronger, and imbued with the supernatural power of God. When the enemy attacks us, the favor of God acts like a boomerang and sends that attack back where it came from!
God’s favor is irresistible, irrefutable, and inexorable—it is God making a way for us when there seems to be no way. It is when our Savior turns a situation which looks like it will ruin us into an occasion for shouting and rejoicing over God’s deliverance and salvation. It becomes an opportunity for a testimony of His love, mercy, and goodness. Glory to God!