I play a lot of video games on my computer. The games I most enjoy are part of what most gamers would call the “swords and sorcery” type–most of the characters in the game are either soldiers or wizards. It’s a category where fairy tales meet video games; when I play, I usually play as a soldier, not a wizard.
I was thinking about this today while I was reading Psalms 3.
But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory and the One who lifts my head (Psalms 3:3).
Most of the time, I sort of rush through verses like this one because I’ve read verses like it many times before. I rarely stop and put much thought into what they say because they seem pretty simple. This verse, for example, is just telling us a little bit about who God is in relationship to us.
Then I thought about the video games I play. In these games, my character is usually equipped with both a sword and a shield. One thing I’ve learned after years of playing is that a shield has more than one purpose.
Most of us know that the main purpose of a shield is to protect the body. Having a shield in front of you helps keep your vital organs safe and protects your body from sword strikes. A shield, however, can have at least two other uses.
A shield can be used to deflect the blows from a weapon. Deflecting is a little different from just using a shield like a wall around your body. When you deflect something, you send it off its intended course. When you deflect a weapon strike, it often throws your enemy off balance, either giving you time to get away or time to strike the enemy.
The third thing a shield can be used for is stunning the enemy. A shield can be used as a blunt weapon. You can use a shield to strike a blow to your enemy in order to stun them without killing them–but possibly causing them to think twice before attacking you again.
Think of these things in terms of spiritual warfare. God is our shield. Not only does God protect us, but He has also given us many tools that, if we learn to use them properly, can deflect enemy strikes or even stun the enemy.
A shield isn’t just a prop to hide behind–sometimes it’s a powerful weapon all on its own. Just remember, a shield in the hands of someone who doesn’t know anything about it or how to use it isn’t going to do much good. Learn as much as you can about God, our shield, so that you can join with Him to deflect the strikes of the enemy and to strike a few blows of your own.
In addition to all, taking us the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16).
Girls, how do you deflect enemy strikes with God as your shield? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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