All of God’s children will face difficulties and adversity while here on earth. Trying circumstances, severe illness, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, disappointment with the actions of a wayward youth, unwarranted persecution … just to mention a few. In such times Christians can ALWAYS depend upon The Lord to see them through.
Psalm 28:6-7 (NKJV) –6 Blessed be the Lord, Because He has heard the voice of my supplications! 7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.
David earnestly and humbly prayed to the Lord on a regular basis … especially in times of difficulty and adversity, which for David were many! According to the Bible God said David was ” … a man after my heart, who will do all my will (see 1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22).”
Christian, as a born again child of God you are special to the heart of the Father. His Holy Spirit that indwelled you when you accepted Jesus as your Savior will fight your battles, heal you from illness, protect you from your enemies and gladden your heart in the time of great sorrow. You do not need to depend upon your own strength. You do not have to provide your own shield. You have the strength and shield of the Lord at your full disposal.
Paul encouraged the Christians in Ephesus to “10 … be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:10-12).
Heavenly Father, right now I give you Thanksgiving Praise for being my strength and my shield! You are ALWAYS there for me, especially in times of difficulty and adversity. You have provided ALL of the armor necessary to defeat Satan. You are worthy to be praised! My heart greatly rejoices in You! May I be in continuous song as I praise You. Amen and Amen.
Link to ALL Articles in the Thanksgiving Praise Series:
- 1 – How Majestic Is Your Name
- 2 – How Great Are Your Works
- 3 – The Mountain Peaks Belong to Him
- 4 – Renewed Like the Eagle’s
- 5 – The Sheep of His Pasture
- 6 – Sing To The Lord With Thanksgiving
- 7 – My Strength and Shield
- 8 – We Do Not Lose Heart
- 9 – Christ ALWAYS Leads Us in Triumphal Procession
- 10 – Whatever You Do … Give Thanks to God
- 11 – Rejoice Always
- 12 – Everything Created By God Is Good