March 11, 2011

Song Lyric 5

Psalm 5

Verse 12:

Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; 
   you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

There is the shield imagery again.  In the middle east at this time the Israelites were very, very familiar with warfare.  God's protection is often described as being like a shield.  The epitome of defense and protection.  Without your shield you were vulnerable, open for more wounding.  Throughout the Psalms there is a clear distinction between the righteous and the wicked.  There is much comfort for the former.  God's gracious kindness surrounds those like a shield, all encompassing.

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