The Shield

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Daily Reformation, Psalm 123:1-4

From the Reformer

A fiery shield is God’s Word; of more substance and purer than gold, which, tried in the fire, loses naught of its substance, but resists and overcomes all the fury of the fiery heat; even so, he that believes God’s Word overcomes all, and remains secure everlastingly, against all misfortunes; for this shield fears nothing, neither hell nor the devil.

—Martin Luther, Table Talk

Pulling It Together

Before you go into the day’s battle, ask yourself who goes before you? Do you have a shield to stand between you and the enemy? “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” (Gen 15:1) You need not endure the pain of insulting cuts or temptation if you are listening to the Lord instead. Listen to the promise instead of the gibe. This is the great secret of faith: keeping your eyes on the Lord. This is accomplished by putting the word of God before your eyes. Do you see the taunting enemy or your shield? 

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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