Monday, August 15, 2011

My Strength and My Shield

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My Strength 
and My Shield
 A Devotional by Margot Cioccio

Psalm 28:7
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. ~

What an awesome thing it is to have the Lord as our strength and shield. If you really ponder that for a moment... it does make you heart leap for joy. If I were to try to recount the many things he has done for me each and every day it would exceed a library full of books.
A while ago I was given the most beautiful outfits by a woman who likes to shop and when her closets get too full she passes these out fits on. I have been blessed to be on her hand me down list. I know some people are not excited by hand me downs. For me it is a huge blessing, I don’t generally enjoy shopping for clothes, I believe the Lord knows – its just part of how he wired me. More than once in my life I have been clothed like the lilies of the field. Clothes are just not something I worry about and yet the Lord makes sure I am dressed as an ambassador for His kingdom. He knew I was heading into a season of more public ministry and he provided everything I have needed to do what He had called me to do.

My heart trusts in him and I am helped. I don’t think trust just happens - it develops and grows with each act of kindness and mercy from the hands of the Lord. Its sometimes so easy to be focused on our problems and struggles that we miss seeing the places that God has been our strength and shield.  Trust  comes from following God and knowing learning that God is good, that God cares, that God provides, that God will work in and through our present circumstances. Sometime He will help us to make needed changes and sometime He will help us change to grow.

Things to Ponder:
Do you really trust God to hear your prayer and to answer?

Dear Lord,
Thank you for being my strength and my shield. I trust you with my life. When I think of you I want my heart to leap for joy. Help me remember to make up songs of thanks today.

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