READING: Psalms 1-8
Today begins our reading of the book of Psalms, a book that often speaks of God’s power over the psalmist’s enemies. The parallels with spiritual warfare are not exactly the same, but it’s unlikely that the psalmist would have viewed physical battles separately from spiritual issues; after all, God influenced all of his life. As I think about spiritual battles today, these words from today’s readings — especially the words about God’s being my shield — give me hope and peace:
“For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous” (Psalm 1:6a)
“Blessed are all those who take refuge in him” (Psalm 2:12b)
“But you, Lord, are a shield around me . . . I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side” (Psalm 3:3, 6)
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8)
“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12)
“All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and be put to shame” (Psalm 6:10)
“My shield is God most high, who saves the upright in heart” (Psalm 7:10)
“Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and avenger” (Psalm 8:2)
God is my shield, my refuge, my peace, my dwelling place, my salvation. Though tens of thousands of enemy forces may gather against me, they will not disrupt my sleep when God surrounds me. I will praise Him today like a child who rejoices without fear of what anyone else thinks.
- Read again the verses that focus on God as our shield. In faith, trust Him to surround you.
- Praise Him all day long. Loudly. Like a child who just can’t be quiet.
PRAYER: “God, You are my shield. I will not fear the enemy today.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Psalm 9-16