God Is Our Buckler (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 18:30:
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried {or is refined}: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

A buckler is a shield, but a special kind of defensive shield that also has a long metal point as an offensive mechanism so as to not only shield oncoming attacks but also to fend them off as well. This is an analogy of our God because He takes care of all those that trust in him. These bucklers were used as body shields and could be raised as an overhead roof to protect from incoming barrages of arrows and spears. God’s point is that He will not allow the forces of darkness to completely engulf us, as Psalms 18:28 promises, “the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” God will manifest Himself as our buckler as we look to His way, which is perfect, and we believe the Word of God that is refined to perfection.

Psalms 18:3:
For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

God is our buckler, our LORD and our rock. Many have retorted that “Christians only use the Bible as a crutch because they are weak and feeble,” but I say if that statement was true, then God’s Word would be a crutch that will never break. But it is not an actual true statement, and we can find no Scripture ever referring to God or His Word being crutches for His children, rather He is our rock from beneath, and our buckler from around and above. I’ll go a step further and point out that the unbeliever’s crutch is not having the intestinal fortitude to accept their personal Savior and receive wholeness to walk with God. It takes heart, commitment, and courage to stand and walk with God day by day, and as we rise up to do so, we will discover that our God is the rock of our inner strength, a rock that we can stand on and one that will support us, and one that will never crumble. Our rock will continuously sustain us through any storm coming from any direction (Matthew 7:24-27). Besides, standing on the rock is certainly safer than standing on one’s own abilities without God and without hope in this world (Ephesians 2:12).

Psalms 18:32:
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Our God and buckler can strengthen us from the inside, out, and cause our way to be perfect. Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God which worketh in you,” and Philippians 4:13 promises “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me {or, Christ infuses inner strength into me as The Amplified Bible* records}.” With God on our side (and inside) as our buckler, our rock, and our strength, the sky is literally the limit because “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

Psalms 18:33:
He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.

A hind is a female deer and as she walks on the steep cliffs where the slopes are slippery, she first places her two front feet to test whether or not the ground could safely support her back feet and her entire weight. Then she jumps up and places her back two feet in the exact spot where her front feet were. Then her young follow her up and down the cliffs, placing their feet in the same places she tests. What the verse is saying is that when we believe and look to God as our buckler, our rock, and our strength, then we will be walking in the steps of His Word. So, if you ever feel you are walking on shaky ground and feeling unsafe in a particular situation, please recall God’s promise to set us on safer and higher ground.

Spiritually speaking, Jesus is our front feet; he tested the ground for us and made sure that when we walk with God, we would indeed have a unique part in helping support the entire body of Christ, as I Corinthians 12:27 informs us, “Now ye are the body of Christ, and {you are} members in particular.” God setteth me upon my high places because we are each a prominent member of the body of Christ in an honored and esteemed place of renown. This is why whenever and wherever we walk with God, our feet will be walking in the place where Jesus Christ also walks, for we have Christ within (Colossians 1:27). Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12), and he did, and so we can! Jesus left us his “example, that ye should follow his steps” (I Peter 2:21).

Walking with God will always bring to us joy and rejoicing in the God of our salvation, and in our Lord, Jesus Christ who made our salvation a reality. Today our high places are spiritually at the right hand of God; as Ephesians 2:6 declares, “And {God} hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

Psalms 59:9:
Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.

In times of trouble, worry, or fear, God is your defence and your buckler, and He never thinks any less of you when calling on Him for help. In truth, God continually waits patiently to help in times of need.

So please do not ever feel that you are asking “amiss” when asking (in prayer) for God’s help, because He loves you, and He will never let you down or fail you in any way (Hebrews 13:5). Remember that our God is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

God’s Word guides the believer in the way that He deemed perfect (Psalms 18:30, above), and He also perfects our way to Him (Psalms 18:32, above).

Have a wonderful day standing on your high place, on the rock of God’s magnificent Word, knowing that God is our buckler.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~

“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~Joshua J. Marine~

Habakkuk 3:18-19:
-18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
-19: The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

II Samuel 22:31:
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
Psalm 18:2:
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 91:4:
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

The Start of a Great Day (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 5:1-3:
-1:  GIVE ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditations.
-2:  Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
-3:  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

David in praying to God says, “consider my meditations.” He is asking God to take notice that he has meditated.  His meditations were his thoughts on the Scriptures and his belief in the promises of God. Then he further asks God to hear the “voice of his cry.” This does not mean that King David was a “cry baby” but a man in need (as we all are when we look to God’s help and deliverance throughout the day). David’s voice was humble, solemn, and constant in the morning for God to hear his prayer.

Prayer in the morning, putting God first in our lives can set the pattern for the whole day, a day to live within the blessings of God upon our life. “And I will look up” has a twofold meaning, first David would look to God Who answers prayer. Secondly, because David prayed he would be looking out for the blessings of God that he prayed for throughout the day to return to him. You may recall in a previous byte or from the Word that Jesus looked up; he looked to God in the same manner as David did, he looked in believing to see his prayer answered.

Taking the time to start our day with God, taking a moment to perhaps read a verse or two, and meditating on them before we enter out into the hustle and bustle of daily life, and to also pray in the morning will indeed bring great things to pass in our lives. You and I can expect to have a great day when we take time to acknowledge our God by reading His Word and in our prayer life.

Mark 1:35 – And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he {Jesus} went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Jesus “a great while before day” took the time to be alone with his thoughts, to be alone with God, and to pray for his day. This set the pattern for a wonderful day because he allowed God into his life at the very start. When we follow the example of Jesus and David, we will increase our believing trust in our God, and this will also help us to recognize that God is always with us. Remembering that we are God’s children is easier when we allow Him and His Word into our hearts early. David in summing up the 5th Psalm shows to us the joys and blessings that can travel with us throughout the day as we allow God into our life. This is the Start of a Great Day.

Psalms 5:11-12:
-11:  But let all those that put their trust in thee {God} rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them {God covers and protects us with grace}: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. {In this one verse alone we have rejoice, joy, and joyful –  this is the result from permitting God and His healing Word into our lives.}
-12:  For thou, LORD wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. {The “shield” that compasses us is God’s loving favor watching over us.}

It Surpasses the Eyeball Test

“I John 4:12 reads, No man hath seen God {with his eyeballs} at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. God does dwell within the heart and fiber of the human soul who is a Christian, and when we do love others, we will begin to realize we do have God’s love dwelling within. Not only will we realize that God lives in our hearts, but His love becomes perfected, it comes into full bloom and perfection in our hearts.” ~LMJ~