When we read certain versions of the Bible, there are terms or words used that we may not understand. I know in the King James Version of the Bible, there are quite a number of words that are not used in modern times and they can confuse us.
One such term is the word buckler. Here are the definitions of this word:
1a: a small round shield held by a handle at arm’s length. 1b: a shield worn on the left arm. 2: one that shields and protects.
Here are several Bible verses that use this word.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (Ps 18:2 NKJV, emphasis added)
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. (2 Sam 22:31 NKJV, emphasis added)
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. (Ps 91:14 NKJV, emphasis added)
As you can see from the definitions of the word buckler, you’ll notice that it was a means of protection; it could be worn on the left arm; and it could be said of One who shields and protects. Clearly the third definition seems to best apply to the Lord. He is certainly One who shields us and protects us. He is like a mother bird who protects her young under the shelter of her own wings. (Ps 91:14)
God’s truth is also called our shield and buckler. (Ps 91:14) Since God and His Word are in total unity, it is not surprising that He and His Word are portrayed by the same words. Just remember whenever you need shielding or protecting, you should turn to our Redeemer and Savior, Jesus. He will not fail to protect you!