Dec 9th 2021
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Psalm 140, written by David, the shepherd boy turned king, has a wonderful blessing: ‘O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle’ (v. 7).
The head is on the most vulnerable part of the body for traumatic, life-changing injury. This is why it is law for motorbike riders to wear helmets. A blow to the head can be fatal. That is exactly what happened when David fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17). One pebble hit Goliath on a part of his head that was not protected and he was killed.
When we read that David said God ‘covered [his] head in the day of battle’, we are reminded that whatever battle we are in, we need the protection of God on our minds.
In the New Testament book of Ephesians the helmet of salvation is mentioned as part of the armour God gives us to wear (see Ephesians 6:17). No Roman soldier would go into battle without his helmet. We need today, more than ever before, to protect our minds against all that would assault us. We need to be careful what we listen to, what we watch, what we open ourselves up to, because these things can affect our thinking. We need protection from the negative thoughts, doubts and darkness that the world can throw at us.
With God covering our head ‘in the day of battle’ we have the assurance of our salvation against all the accusations of the enemy. We have the courage to endure, the faith to believe and the strength to overcome.
Pause and reflect: Lord, You are our strength. Without You, we are nothing. Cover my head today against all the lies of Satan. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Peter serves as chaplain to The Voice Asia, a multimedia ministry targeting non-Christian Asians. He is also chaplain of the International Motors Group and missions pastor at Victory Church. He is passionate about being a channel of God’s blessing wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter @PastorDelBoy
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