Scripture: Psa.18:2, 30
Supporting Scripture: Psa.125:1-2
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Did you know that you are surrounded? Along the pathway of our earthly pilgrimage, every born-again believer will encounter seasons of adversity. In these arid and hostile seasons, who do you depend on for protection from the fiery darts of the enemy? Scripture tells us that the Lord, “...He is a buckler to all those that trust in him” (Psa.18:30). Consequently, this reveals to us that, God is ever ready and able to surround, shelter and protect His people, whenever they encounter diverse trials during their parched seasons of life.
David wrote Psalm 18 as a song of thanksgiving to the Lord for His remarkable deliverance, after years of running from the terror of King Saul. At times, while hiding from the fury of King Saul, David experienced the divine protection of the Lord on his life, as He went before him and shielded him from many of the enemy’s lethal and fiery darts. Ultimately, David had many reasons to thank the Lord for being his Buckler during those distressful times of his life (Psa.18:30).
What is a Buckler?
A Buckler is a large shield surrounding the entire body (Psa.18:30; 35:2; Ezek.23:24 ; 26:8). In the midst of his distressful situation, David knew that God was his Buckler, that is, Shield and Defender. In this, David saw his God as the one who covers his head and his heart, so that he was neither slain nor wounded by the darts of his adversaries.
Oftentimes, the soldiers in ancient Bible times, may employ the use of a person who is called an Armour-bearer to carry his massive buckler. As a matter of fact, the Armour-bearer not only carried the Buckler (Shield); but he also carried other weapons, such as the sword, either for a King, Commander-in-chief, Captain or Champion (1 Sam.14:7; 17:7; 31:4; 2 Sam.23:37).
Furthermore, in those days, it was customary for all warriors of distinction to be assigned an Armour-bearer as an attendant.
Consequently, since every born-again believer is a spiritual warrior of distinction, in the army of the Lord, you too have been assigned an Armour-bearer, to go before you in the battles of life.
The name of your Armour-bearer, in the battles of life is the Lord Jesus Christ, who is known in Scripture as Captain of the Lord's Host (Josh.5:1315). He appeared to Joshua as a Man of War, with His sword drawn, which encouraged Joshua to persevere in the war with great vigor. The sword of the Lord Jesus Christ drawn in His hand, denotes how ready He is for the defense and rescue of every born-again believer. We must also note that the sword of the Lord, turns every which way to cut off the wicked and deliver the righteous from his cruel hands (Gen.3:24; Eph.6:17; Heb.4:12; Rev.6:4).
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word trust means, “the assured reliance and dependency on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.”
The Lord Surrounds His People and Helps them to Stand by Faith
Spiritual security and stability belong to those who trust in the Lord and walk by faith in Him. Consequently, Scripture in Psalms 125:1 says, "They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth forever" (Psa.125:1).
Having declared this, some may rightfully ask, what is so unique about Mount Zion? The geography of the city of Jerusalem tells us that, it was firmly established and could not be shaken. Why? This is because it was built on a solid foundation of rock, that went deep into the ground. In addition, the city was surrounded by many hills and probably two sets of walls.
Furthermore, Jerusalem was home to the holy temple of Jehovah and the throne of David. Consequently, God’s glory and God’s authority dwelt among His people.
The psalmist did not say that God’s people should be like Mount Zion but that they are like Mount Zion. Therefore, based on this truth, we conclude that born-again believers are built upon the solid Rock, Jesus Christ (1 Cor.3:11; 1 Peter 2:4-8). He dwells within us and every moment of our lives He surrounds us with His protection and mercy, as the Scripture declares, “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even forever” (Psa.125:2). Therefore, as people of faith, we shall not be moved by any of the arduous circumstances that we encounter along life’s pathway (16:8; 21:7; 62:6). Instead, like the apostle Paul, we can boldly testify saying, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).
We have a marvelous standing, for we stand in God’s grace (Rom. 5:2; Gal. 5:1), and we stand by faith (Rom.11:20). Every step of our pilgrim journey on earth, we take our stand on the truths of the Word of God (2 Thess.2:15) and stand in the will of God (Col.4:12). Let us never forget, that it is God who enables us to stand (2 Cor.1:21, 24), and because He does, we are able to accomplish the work He wants us to do (1 Cor.15:58). Ultimately, if we begin to trust ourselves or other people, and we bypass the Lord, then we begin to waver, stumble, and fall.
Activate God's Protection
Scripture in Psalms 91:2
You must by faith activate God's protection over your life each day by speaking it into existence (Gen.1;3; Psa.33:8). The psalmist says, “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (91:2). You can trust in God’s promises because He is your Buckler of whom Scripture says, “His way is perfect: the word of the Lord” (Psa.18:1a). He is your Strong Defense, who surrounds you and goes before you, in every situation.