The Lord is My Shield

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. – Psalm 3:3

Sometimes, my life becomes too tough and I start thinking that there is no more strength left in me to fight. I feel vulnerable and helpless, exposed to my enemies and conquered by my fears. My weaknesses overwhelm me and I feel defeated. I lack courage and strength. But then I remember that no matter what life’s circumstances are, I have God on my side! The Bible says we are truly protected by God. If He is with us, who can be against us? Who can defeat us? That belief is something that fills me with strength and courage. No matter how weak I am now, He is my strength and He lifts my head up. He is the reason why we should all walk courageously through life with our head held high and with a smile on our face.

Dear Lord, please help us to have faith in You and Your divine protection. Be our shield. Help us lift up our heads high in spite of all our weaknesses and troubles. You are our strength and our life. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

God’s Loving Desire

Ephesians 2:1-10

Whether we realize it or not, our thoughts are usually centered on what we want—but have you ever considered what God desires? Why did He create us, and what is His goal for us? The answer is found in 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord … is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” But why does God want mankind saved?

Because He loves us (Eph. 2:4). His love isn’t based on any worthiness in us but on His nature. As 1 John 4:16 says, “God is love,” and His attributes never change.

Because of His grace (Eph. 2:5). We can’t do anything to earn salvation, because it’s obtained only through God’s grace. And throughout our time on earth and into eternity, the lives of God’s children should exhibit evidence of His grace (Eph. 2:7).

For His glory (Eph. 1:5-6). God’s glory is displayed as He saves sinners and changes them into saints. Then as we each live obediently before Him, others will see our good works and glorify the God who transformed us.

Sometimes we’re shortsighted and think we’re the center of salvation, but it’s really all about our amazing God, who sent His Son to rescue us from sin, death, and eternal punishment. Jesus died and suffered the chastisement we deserved, and He offers us forgiveness and reconciliation with the Father. And all we have to do is believe and receive Christ’s payment for our sins. What a gracious God we have, who wants us to be with Him forever so He may continue to shower His kindness upon us.