Bible Reading: â€œHe shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.â€ (Psalm 91:4)
Godâ€™s truth provides the believer with double armor. It is a â€œshieldâ€ and a â€œbucklerâ€; that is, body armor. Deflected by the shield of truth, every fiery dart of doubt, which the enemy hurls at us, falls harmlessly to the ground. No weapon forged against us by our adversary can cut through the buckler of Godâ€™s truth to inflict us with a mortal wound.
In the New Testament, Paul describes â€œfaithâ€ as the â€œshieldâ€ and â€œrighteousnessâ€ as the â€œbreastplateâ€ of the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-17). How about truth? It, according to the great apostle, is the belt that keeps all of our armor intact. Without it, all of our protection fails and we are left vulnerable to â€œpowers and principalitiesâ€¦the rulers of the darkness of this worldâ€¦[and] spiritual wickedness in high places.â€
Jesus taught us in His High Priestly prayer that Godâ€™s Word is truth (John 17:17). Truth is what God says. To be protected by the truth one must be a pupil and practitioner of the Word of God. Otherwise, we are most susceptible to the lies of the father of lies and to the deviousness of the subtile serpent (John 8:44; Genesis 3:1).
â€œIn todayâ€™s world, I fear that far more people shield themselves from the truth than shield themselves with it. Donâ€™t you be one of them.â€