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.
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. (Ps 119:114 ESV)
For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. (Ps 27:5 NKJV)
You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. (Ps 31:20 NKJV)
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. (Ps 32:7 NKJV)
A pavilion is another word for a tent, chamber or building. Through these Bible passages, the Lord is:
- Teaching us,
- Making promises to us, and
- Encouraging us.
The Lord is teaching us to run to Him and to His Word when we are in need, in poor health, or in trouble. He is reminding us to lay all of our troubles and concerns at His feet; and to trust Him to deal with each and every one of them on our behalf.
The Lord, through these Bible verses, promises to:
- Be our safe haven,
- Shield us and hide us from trouble,
- Set us high upon a rock, far from strife and evil words spoken against us,
- Save (deliver) us from trouble, and
- Surround us with songs of release and freedom from and victory over all evil.
Last, but not least, the Lord is lovingly encouraging us to put all of our faith and trust in Him and in His Word. He wants us to be steadfast and unwavering in our faith in Him.
God wants us to remember that He cannot and does not lie! (Num 23:19; Tit 1:2) Trust the Savior today.