Insights from a Glory-Bound Lady”
Volume 3 Number 36 “You Can Face It, But Not on Your Own! (Part 2)”
September 23, 2020
Last week I shared with you that Karen received an invitation to come to a particular local church where a number of dear ladies had recently experienced trials, heartaches, and difficulties. Their situations covered a wide variety of challenges. There was an urgency to come as soon as she could possibly get there.
Drawing from her personal life and experience with situations ranging from disappointments to personal sorrow, Karen shared with these dear ladies from Psalm 28. They would have to face their problems and not ignore them. But the good news rested in the fact that they didn’t have to face their problems on their own. The Lord wanted to draw close to them and be their personal help. Let me share the text she started with and then I’ll share her outline with you.
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth and with my song will I praise Him” (Psalm 28:7).
1. King David’s Petition to the Lord (27:1-4).
2. King David’s Confident praise to the Lord (27:5-8).
3. King David’s Prayer for deliverance and guidance (27:9).
Michael’s brief interruption: Last week she shared how the Lord is our strength. “The Lord is my strength” (Psalm 27:8a). Now let’s continue on in her notes.
Karen wrote: When do we need Him as our shield? “The Lord is my strength and my shield” (Psalm 27:8b). We truly need to look to Him as our shield. We need this shielding in at least several ways.
Against Satan’s attacks
Against hurtful words that may be said to us
Against hurtful actions that have affected us
Against temptations that come to us
Against discouragement that could overtake us
Listen to what the Lord has promised to us as our Shield.
“As for God, His way is perfect: the Word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to those that trust in Him” (Psalm 18:30).
“Blessed be the LORD my strength…My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and He in Whom I trust…” (Psalm 144:1,2).
Michael’s observation: The Lord really worked that night in the ladies’ gathering. She quickly would say that it was all of the Lord and what He accomplished. This is a true statement. But honestly, Karen was a living, breathing example of one who had endured much in her lifetime. She was a testimony of the Lord being our Strength and Shield. Men, as well as ladies, how will this play out in your life today?