Pastor's Corner
Elder Gerald Seals
Pastor
"Where Jesus Christ is Lord and You Matter"
Devotional
Living Word Church and Fellowship
9558 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC
gerald@livingwordchurchandfellowship.com  
This morning, a child of God asked me for a Scripture.  At the time my mind was filled with images—no
Scripture came to mind.  Since then, I have been prayerful.   A devotional reminded me of the utter
beauty and balm-like effect of Psalm 3:3.  I share it with you below via The Passion Translation version.
3 But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield; You take me and
surround me with yourself. Your glory covers me continually.  You lift high my head when I bow low in
shame.

The word “shield” is deployed as a metaphor, its meaning being that God protects us from evil.  There
is only one small catch:  We must let Him protect us. I learned that there are 15 instances of the
deployment of the “shield” metaphor in the book of Psalms.  Psalm 3:3 is the first time it is used in the
Psalms.  However, the first time it is used in the Bible is Genesis 15:1.  In Genesis 15:1, God said to
Abram, after his battle with the northern kings, “Fear not, Abram: I am your shield.”

Do you see, do you feel, the comfort that declaration from God gives?
Abram was greatly comforted by this assurance from God.  Remember, Abram was in the land of the
Canaanites, surrounded by evil and enemies. During such occasions when we feel distressed and in
worry our own thoughts can overwhelm us!  But Abram received assurance from God that God would
protect Him.  Remember, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  If God did it for Abram, who
was not yet Abraham, He will do the same for you and me.  Also, remember, God never leaves or
forsakes us.  Let's embrace Him during times of distress and worry and during times of "things are
alright!"

By the way, you may wish to read a few of the other “shield” promises in the book of Psalms.
•        Psalm 84:11.
•        Psalm 18:30.
•        Psalm 18:35.
•        Psalm 115:9-11.


On the victory side…

Gerald