Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 October 2011 Psalm 84:11‏

Psalm 84:11.    For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Oh Friends, our earthly pilgrimage continues, and with God’s generous help and abundant grace, we will do an awesome job! And all God’s people declared with much gratitude and adoration: ‘Thank you Lord! You are the greatest! There’s none other like you! Never was, and never will be!’ And that’s an indisputable fact Friends. Today, I’ll start with two quotes from the little booklet ‘Happiness For Life,’ because I think they are very important for all believers – young, old and in-between – to always keep before them. Here’s the first one: ‘Never should the Bible be studied without prayer. Before opening its pages we should ask for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, and it will be given.’ Now that’s something we all should practice! It’s a very healthy and wise bit of advice, because oftimes the Word is out of our league, above our comprehension, and it’s only God, through His Spirit who can help us understand it. And the second point is tied into the first. ‘The Holy Sprit exalts and glorifies the Saviour. It is His office to present Christ, the purity of His righteousness, and the great salvation that we have through Him. Jesus says, ‘He shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.’ (John 16:14) The Spirit of truth is the only effectual teacher of divine truth. How must God esteem the human race, since He gave His Son to die for them, and appoints His Spirit to be man’s teacher and continual guide!’ There we have it my brethren; two everlasting truths for us to ponder! Isn’t it marvellous that God not only LOVED us so much that He sent His only son to die for us, but then He also sent His Spirit to guide and teach us about Him? He surely is a most wonderful Deity. That’s why the psalmist could proudly and confidently proclaim the words of our Bit: ‘For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.’ Now let’s consider the fact that the Lord’s our shield. And what’s a shield? It’s basically anything that we can hide behind, anything that can protect us from being seen or hurt by something or someone else. In olden times a soldier went out to fight with sword in one hand and shield in the other. Nowadays though we’ve become so high tech that actual shields are extinct, replaced with stuff like body armour for individuals and anti ballistic missiles for weapons of mass destruction. How sad. However, in the spiritual warfare in which believers are engaged, we still need a personal shield  in our accoutrements of war. As Bruh Paul declares, re putting on the whole armour of God: ‘Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked (one).’ (Eph.6:16) Yes Friends, we desperately need that shield of faith so that we can enjoy the massive protection it provides. But where does that faith come from to protect us. Obviously from the Lord God Jehovah! The Lord Himself promised it to Abram. ‘After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.’ (Gen.15:1) Moses also describes our God thus, on blessing the Israelites before his death. ‘Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency (majesty)!’ (Deut.33:29) And later on, the psalmist warns his people not to trust in idols, but instead wisely advises: ‘O Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield.’ (Ps.115:9-11) Yes Friends, our great God is not only our Creator and Provider, Anchor and Guide, but also our Protector, our Safe Harbour, our Shield against the enemy! It is to Him we should always turn FIRST, when we need help, because He’s the most mighty Being in the universe. So please, let’s do that starting today, RIGHT NOW. Let’s give all our fears, worries and anxieties to Jehovah God, and He will both fill our souls with His protective Spirit, and shield us from the enemy’s blazing arrows with His broad, expansive wings of LOVE! More on this tomorrow if our pilgrimage continues. Much LOVE!…faith in God…is the spiritual shield…that keeps us safe…in our spiritual battles…

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