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Listen to what Psalm 91:4 says, “He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust; his truth shall be thy shield and thy buckler.”

I LOVE this verse. It has so much wealth of information in it about our relationship with our loving heavenly Father. I read a story once about a farmer that lived on the prairie; there was a terrible fire that scorched the earth for miles around his farm. He was walking around the area, surveying the damage and he came across the carcass of a dead pheasant.

Seeing the pheasant all burned, he used his foot to kind of move her over. As soon as he moved her body, nine little baby chicks came running out from under her dead body. She had given her life to save her children from the prairie fire. This story serves as a picture of God covering us with His “feathers” and sheltering us under His wings … picturing His warmth, His loving kindness, and His protection. 

It is a safe place to be. But the last part of the verse tells us that it is His TRUTH that is our shield and buckler. So, what is God’s TRUTH? Well, in John 14:6 Jesus tells us that “He (Jesus) is the Way, the TRUTH, and the life … no man comes unto the Father, but by Him.”

We cannot know truth without knowing Jesus. He IS the Truth. And what else is Jesus called? He is called the WORD.  So, going back to the verse, we are supposed to use the Truth and the Word of God as our shield and our buckler.

In ancient times, shields were very large, they were used to hide behind during an attack, usually from arrows or spears that were being thrown by the enemy. But the buckler was a small shield that usually fit on the wrist or forearm of the soldier and was used in hand-to-hand combat. The buckler was used to protect against the sword.

The soldier would stretch out his forearm as the sword was aimed at him, and the sword would hit the buckler on his forearm and glance off it. According to this verse, because I am a believer in Jesus Christ, I know that God is my Protector. And as a believer, I am to use His Word which is Truth to defend myself against the fiery darts of Satan that can and do come from all directions.

Satan is so clever, sometimes he sends his fiery darts from friends and family! Hurtful words, maybe said in innocence, but nonetheless, they can hurt. That is when we throw up our buckler and let the words glance off, knowing that those thoughts were not from God at all. As we walk our walk of faith, the way can seem treacherous at times. And those times are when it is good to remind ourselves of the shelter that God offers under His wings (figuratively speaking). I sometimes picture it being a cold night and God has me covered with a down coverlet, one that is light weight but cozy and warm.

Whatever trial you may be facing today, remember whose child you are and snuggle into His wonderful love and care.

Christian Author

Author of "From a Clay Jar to a Treasured Vessel" and "Strands of Gold from a Treasured Vessel: Devotional Thoughts."

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