I was just thinking about how Glory Shield Ministries is so indicative of the goodness of God from Psalms 84:11, which is its "life verse" and one of my all-time favorites for encouragement, promise, and strength. Here's the scripture from the good old KJV:
"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." (Psalms 84:11)
I just love that!
In that the Lord is our "sun", He is the Light which shines brightly to illuminate our paths. His word alone is a "light unto our paths" as the Psalms also iterate. But more than that, think of what a luscious metaphor exists between God and the sun... He is the greatest light to rule all of our days, He also nourishes us, puts us in a better mood, warms us, "dries" our tears, makes all things in our lives grow and flourish, and comforts us from the cold of this world's forces! The absolutely inescapable comparison, in my opinion, is that - as His seed - everything we do in life should always revolve around Him! Ha! Look at that, my friends! BEAUTIFUL! Indeed, the Lord God is a "sun" to us.
As far as our God being a shield... the truths in comparison are endless. He protects and shelters and secures and deflects and demarcates EVERY SINGLE PART OF OUR LIVING with His goodness and strength. He covers us - He alone is our "covering" - and is our life's symbol of ownership... HIS CREST adorns our lives as family crests adorned the shields and banners of ancient warriors. The shield of the Lord covers us from head to toe, side to side, front and back, top and bottom; He is an everlasting reward to all who enjoy relationship and intimacy with Him through the shed Blood of Jesus (His Grace and Glory) and walk in His will and directives, justly and uprightly.
The forehead "kiss" to it all is that He surrounds His beloved with FAVOR, as a shield, the scripture says. Ain't it the truth! God bless your day and...
Bless His Holy Name!
(Originally published April 18, 2013)