The Scriptures tell us about the depth and blessings of our relationship with our Savior and Redeemer. God tells us that He is our shield (armor, defense, protection) as well as our glory. Any praise, appreciation, exaltation, or credit that we receive in life is thanks to His life and presence within us.
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. (Ps 3:3 NIV)
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. (Ps 119:114)
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” (Gen 15:1 ESV)
In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. (Ps 62:7)
According to these passages from the Bible, God is present in us and with us in these capacities:
- He is the One who enables us to lift up our heads without fear or shame,
- As our Hiding Place,
- As our Reward,
- As Savior,
- As our Strength, and
- As our Refuge.
Glory to God! We have reason to rejoice and to praise and thank our God continuously.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. (1 Pet 3:15-17)
According to this passage of Scripture, we need to be ready to share with people who ask us the reason for the hope that is within each one of us. The Bible actually tells us the answer for this in Colossians 1:27. Christ within us—the hope of glory. The life of Christ within us is our hope.
That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may answer words of truth to those who send to you? (Pro 22:21)
We need to answer all questions with “words of truth” according to this Proverb. It is interesting to note that when Paul was being questioned by King Agrippa, Paul said: “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason.” (Ac 26:25) Paul was speaking “words of truth” and reason. According to John 14:6, Jesus is the Truth and Paul was telling the King all about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Paul spoke words of truth.
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (Col 4:6)
We cannot say that we don’t know how to answer. Our answer is Jesus Christ and His story as the Redeemer of all mankind. Hallelujah!
In the Bible, the Lord is shown again and again to be our defense in times of trouble or difficulties. Defense means protection, security, cover, or shield. It can also mean justification or vindication. Assuredly, Jesus Christ is our justification!
My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart. (Ps 7:10)
I will wait for You, O You his Strength; for God is my defense. (Ps 59:9)
He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. (Ps 62:2)
But the Lord has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge. (Ps 94:22)
The Lord is our protection; and this is something that we all need to recognize and to trust in, since we live in an increasingly hostile world—one that is growing even more antagonistic to the message of the gospel. Let us remember to confess, along with the Psalmist, “My defense is of God.”
It is essential for us to remain in a strong and vital relationship with the Lord. The Word of God feeds us and increases our faith. It reminds us who we are and of the One we serve. Don’t allow yourself to become complacent, or to wander away from daily Bible reading and contemplation.
Continue to worship with other like-minded believers on a regular basis because we’re encouraged to have fellowship with our brethren. (Heb 10:25) As we fellowship with other believers, they will support us and encourage us, spurring us on to good works! Glory to God!