A Shield of Love

But let all who take refuge in you
rejoice; let them sing joyful
praises forever. Spread your
protection over them, that all who
love your name may be filled with
joy. For you bless the godly, O
LORD; you surround them with
your shield of love. Psalms 5:11-12

How wonderful to be surrounded by God’s perfect love!   If you relax into your faith and trust God’s word,  you can feel this love.   It’s yours.  It’s for all who take refuge in Him, all who love His name, and all who are Godly.  Let’s look at each of these.

All who take refuge in Him.

Is God your safe harbor?   When the dark clouds roll in and storms hit, who do you turn to?  Psalm 46:1 says “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”   And,  Psalm 62:8 says “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.”  When things just aren’t going right,  turn to God in prayer.  Pour out your heart to Him,  and trust that He has this.   It may not go the way you wanted it to, but it will still go the way it should, so that you will grow in your love of God. Sometimes, we pray,  “God,  just give me this or that and everything will be ok.”   We might ask for money or a car or a person, but God may have a completely different plan.  You have to trust Him and pray that His will be done.  Tell Him you love Him and trust Him and you want his will not yours to be done.

All Who Love His Name

Not long ago,  I read a book by Lester Sumrall called The Names of God.   It was in a book, The Believer’s Handbook which was 5 of Sumrall’s books all in one.   I had bought it to read some of the others,  but began to read about God’s names.  It was fascinating.   I strongly recommend it.   Sumrall takes you through the many names of God that are mentioned in the Bible,  and he says that each one has special meaning.   He explains the meaning of Yahweh which is translated into Jehovah.  When you see LORD in all caps in many translations, it was Yahweh or Jehovah in the original.   He traces the history of this name from the time Moses talked to God in the burning bush, when God said he was “I am.”  Sumrall wrote, “The God who spoke to Moses out of the burning bush was real. He said His name is “I AM,” not “I am supposed to be” or “Some people think I am.” God needs no one to make extravagant claims for Him. He doesn’t need to be sold, glamorized, or promoted by anyone. He will be worshipped for what He is, not for the image that someone may fabricate of Him.”

When the psalmist  says we should love his name, I believe, he refers to all his names and thus all his characteristics.  He has been called Jehovah the Provider, the God Almighty,  the LORD God Most High,  and many others.   When we love his name, we love all aspects of Him. As you read the Bible,  take notice of the different names he has.   If you can, get Lester Sumrall’s book.  It is fascinating and everything is backed up with scripture.

All who are Godly

If you want the shield of His love surrounding you, you must also be Godly.  The Hebrew word for Godly in this verse is translated as righteous.   As usual you are called upon to be good.   Sometimes that isn’t easy.  Even Paul said in his letter to the  Romans,  “I have discovered this principle of life —that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.  I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.” Romans 7:21-23  Sounds almost as if there is no way to be Godly or righteous.  But, Paul continues “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”   Romans 7:24-25  When Jesus is your Lord and Master,  and you follow in his footsteps, you will not want to sin,  and if you do, you can pray to Jesus for help.  Don’t forget to trust Him for the help you need.  Believe you have it.  Act on it.

Take refuge in God, love his name, and be righteous,  and you will be surrounded and protected by God’s shield of love.  I pray you will feel yourself being surrounded by His love.

 

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