Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:1-9
(NOTES: Per the One Year Chronological Bible (p. 545), this psalm is also thought by some to be during the time period of David’s son, Absalom’s, rebellion. Per the Complete Word Study of the Old Testament – Shield is sometimes used figuratively in Hebrew for Protector: from The Complete Word Study of the Old Testament )
Do you know why I call these devotionals “A Real Kind of Father?” It’s because for me it is so comforting to recall and meditate on God, as Father. I’ve heard many girls who had good fathers talk about their fathers’ attributes. Their fathers protected them, provided for them, listened to them, and avenged them – among other things. Their fathers could always be counted on – a hero in their daughters’ eyes. Can you remember a father (or mother or other authority figure who may have raised you) ever acting as a shield for you – protecting you from some harm even if it was by keeping certain things away from you?
Well, that’s one of the ways our Father wants us to know Him. He’s so much more, but He is also our protector. Those girls trusted their fathers, and our Father can be trusted. He certainly shields us from certain things. Can you think of anything He has shielded you from? While I admit I have the human tendency to focus on the things that he didn’t shield me from when I thought He should have, I can think of many, many things He did shield me from. And as I grow daily in the Word and in knowledge of who He truly is, I find that the things that I thought I shouldn’t have had to go through had purpose and shaped me for ministries in ways that I truly cannot see (and could not see) at the time they were happening.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
(c)2018,REV – Devotionals or Something Like it, “A Real Father”