God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right. (Psalm 7:10 NLT)
Most of you reading this today would not think of yourself as a warrior. Even fewer may know the history, functionality and design of ancient warfare. I would guess that even a smaller percentage actually owns a shield. Yet, all of us know what a shield is. All of us know the look and feel of a shield and what it would be used for. Am I the only one who finds it odd that we have knowledge of something that we have never used?
A shield, in ancient times, was the essential defensive weapon for any person. It was consider of more importance that your offensive weapon of choice. You may lose your sword, but if you lost your shield you would surely lose much more. A shield was so much more than a defensive weapon. The style and design of the shield identified what army you belonged with. A round shield was typical of the Greek warriors but a long rectangle shield was the choice for the roman warrior. Later in history, the shield was even more of a piece of identification as it would be panted with the crest and/or colors of the family, region, or nation that the warrior was fighting for.
Many of us, when we read the verse of the day today, think of God as our defense, He protects us from the arrows and weapons that are sent to destroy us. However, God is my shield also means that he is my identity. He protects us because we are a part of his family. He guards our lives because we wear the colors of Christ.
What does your shield look like? What color is it? Is it red, for the blood of Jesus? Does it have a large cross on it? Is it the round shield of a Greek warrior built for close combat? Is it a large full body shield of the Romans, used for impenetrable defense? Take a few minutes today to google shields. Look at the different images that come up. If you see one you like. Print in out and save it as a bookmark in your Bible. Don’t see one you like? Print out the outline of a shield and design your own. Color it and create it. Hang it in a place where you can see it every day as a visual reminder of the fact that God is my shield. His is your defense and your identification, when your heart is true and right.