My Strength, My Shield, My Shepherd

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 28:1-9

What is God like? We can use terms like omnipotence (God can do anything), omnipresence (God is everywhere) and omniscience (God knows everything). But the Bible describes God using comparisons. The greatest description is that He is the Father, although that only helps us if we have had a good earthly father. What a responsibility that places on fatherhood! Father, do your children get a good idea of what it means that God is Father from observing you? The Psalmist begins this Psalm by comparing God to a rock (v. l ). God provides a solid foundation on which to stand. “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

Later in this Psalm, David describes God as his strength (v. 7), and the strength of all His people (v. 8). From God he receives power to do what he needs to do. We are weak, but we are invited to draw on the resources of an omnipotent God.

David calls God his shield (v. 7). He was a warrior and knew the value of having a shield to ward off the arrows shot at him. In like manner, he found that God protected him in the midst of his struggles.

He calls God the shepherd of His people (v. 9). We have already explored the value of that beautiful description when we looked at Psalm 23. Like sheep, we tend to drift. We need a Savior to care for us.

PRAYER

Father, enable us to experience You as our strength, shield and shepherd. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.