“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving” (Psalm 28:7, NLT).
When the darkness invades our lives, we cry out with tears to God. How difficult it is when it seems that He doesn’t hear us. Nothing feels more dark than a time of silence from Him—when prayers seem to go unanswered, when the heavens seem silent.
Listen to the psalmist plead with God, “Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary” (vv. 1–2). Then the rest of the psalm focuses on dealing with wickedness and evil people who do evil things.
We may not find ourselves faced with purely evil people, but we may face situations that can only come from the evil one. Some darkness invades our lives and we wonder where God is and why He is so silent.
The psalmist prayed and discovered that the Lord provides “strength” to stand against the assaults of the evil one and a “shield” to protect the mind and heart. We need both: we need the shield and we need the strength to hold it up. The shield protects from the poison arrows shot by the one who battles against us. (Remember that the Apostle Paul wrote about the armor of God that every Christian should wear, describing the shield as “the shield of faith” that can “stop the fiery arrows of the devil” [Ephesians 6:16, NLT].)
The shield only works when we’ve got it in our hands and are prepared as soon as the arrows start to fly. When we get discouraged with God or when we refuse to rely on His strength, we drop the shield and the arrows hit their mark—arrows of doubt, fear, discouragement, depression, anger, whatever your particular poison.
However, when we trust Him with all our hearts—really trust Him—we are helped. Our hearts are filled with joy and we burst into songs of thanksgiving.
It all comes down to trust. Do we really believe that God can do a miracle? Do we really believe that He will do as He promises? Do we really trust His promises of provision and care?
Do you want victory over the darkness? Trust your loving Father with all your heart. Gather your strength and hold your shield up high.
Prayer: Lord, You are my strength and my shield. The battle is fierce and the arrows are flying, but You give me the strength to hold the shield up high to extinguish whatever the evil one sends my way. I trust You, Lord. I know that You hear my prayers and that You will do all that You have promised.