by Tammy Phillips
September 21, 2020
For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. (Psalm 5:12)
I believe the Bible holds the answer to every question. Watch how God answered a question that we were not even asking to begin with.
I recently discussed with a friend how I see that we live a protected life in a bubble. It is like we have a force field surrounding us that keep us protected. It is called the protective blood of Jesus Christ. He is our hedge of protection.
The next day, the same friend told me that she had a vision. She was in a large three car garage. She was in one bay and a snake was in a relaxed position in the furthest bay from her. She took a shovel, hit the snake behind the head and almost severed its head. She thought the snake was dead and all of the sudden it lunged toward her upper body. She raised her weapon to block its attack. However, as the snake ensued its strike, it ran into an invisible force field and fell to the ground.
Stay with me. We talked about the bubble. My friend dreamed about the bubble the same night. We awoke the next day to an encouraging word from another sister in Christ who lives in Australia who we do not even know. She wrote: “I WILL SURROUND YOU LIKE A SHIELD… I saw the Lord SHIELDING YOU. The Lord wants you to be encouraged and to rest in His protection.”
I told my friend that the NBA who has attempted to live in a bubble to escape CoVid-19 has nothing on our God. In the state of living amazed by God, I questioned, “Bet there is a verse for this?” God was obviously trying to reveal another layer of Himself to us. I went to the Blue Letter Bible ap and searched the word, force. Nothing. Then, I searched the word protect which led me to the word shield. Guess what? There is more than one word for shield in the Bible. WATCH THIS!
Most often in the OT the word for shield was the Hebrew word, magen, which is a smaller shield or defense. This small shield is activated by trusting in the word of the Lord and walking uprightly. The translation of shield in the verses below is magen.
The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; (Psalm 28:7)
For the LORD God is a sun and shield…No good [thing] will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11)
You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He [is] their help and their shield. (Psalm 115:11)
You [are] my hiding place and my shield. (Psalm 119:114)
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. (Proverbs 30:5)
One shield of God would be enough, but he gave us two! In the focus verse Psalm 5:12, we discover that the Lord blesses us, the righteous, with favor by surrounding and encircling us like a “shield.” Shield #2 revealed, was the Hebrew word, tsinnah, meaning, a large prickly shield covering the whole, a thorny hedge of protection, a target, something piercing. The shield mentioned in Psalm 91:4 was the same word:
He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
The thought of God being a surrounding, encircling, large, prickly, thorny hedge of protection was enforced by the addition of the word buckler in Psalms 91:4. The only time the Hebrew word cocherah is used in the Bible is here for buckler. It means something going around, to and fro, surrounding, or defending a person.
In conclusion, we found the answer. There was a verse about “life in the protective a bubble.” It is life behind His protective force field, I mean shield.
I encourage you with the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Ask the questions. He will answer. Also, trust Him as your small shield and your large shield. Enjoy the protection of life in His bubble.
Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Ephesians 6:16)
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Thank you, COACH! You as well.