“For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12)
Let’s talk about favor. Isn’t it beautiful that God has surrounded us with favor as a shield? Favor in this verse means (in part) “pleasure, delight, goodwill, and acceptance.”
God’s pleasure, delight, goodwill, and acceptance surround us as an object of defense. The enemy’s attacks, those weapons formed against us, cannot prosper because of God’s protective shield. The enemy may want to hurt, discourage, or kill us, but he can’t. He may want to steal our joy and peace, but he can’t. He may even want to shake our faith and make us doubt God, but he can’t.
Instead, every time the enemy comes near us with words of doubt, insecurity, and fear, we only need to raise our shields. We can combat the enemy every time by telling him about our Savior. When thoughts of insecurity try to infiltrate our minds, raise the shield of faith and begin telling him who you are in Christ. When fear attacks you, raise the shield of faith and remind the enemy that God didn’t give you a spirit of fear but one of power, love, and a sound mind. When you’ve been rejected, advise the enemy that the bible says you’ve been accepted in Christ Jesus.
Yes, you have a shield of favor. Use it today and every day.