Psalm 91:4b (KJV) 4 … his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Proverbs 30:5 (KJV) 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Psalm 18:30 (KJV) 30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
Buckler – comes from the Hebrew word that means surrounding a person; composed of wood or wickers woven together, covered with skin or leather, fortified with plates of brass or other metal and worn on the left arm. Often 4 feet long and covered the whole body. [Webster’s 1828 Dictionary]
Shield – also a buckler but most shields were made of leather; before battle they would soak the shields in water ’til they were wet enough to ward off the fiery darts that were shot at them. Those fiery arrows were made to explode upon contact but the wet shield snuffed them out. Remember, God’s Word is water.
As you see in Ps. 91, God’s truth is our buckler that surrounds us and protects us from the lies of the enemy. How do we know when we’re being lied to? By comparing it to the Truth. If we don’t know the truth, we have nothing to compare it to and open ourselves up to believing lies.
I don’t know if they still do this today, but years ago when people were being instructed on recognizing counterfeit money, they were trained by actually “handling” the real money over and over, so that when counterfeit money came along, they would easily recognize it.
That’s how it is with God’s Word. If His Word is the benchmark by which you measure everything that comes your way, then you can be confident that you’ll recognize the evil lies of the enemy. But if you don’t know His Word, you’re at a loss. That’s why I keep encouraging you to get into the Word and get the Word into you. That way you’re armed and ready!
John 8:31-32 (KJV)
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Ephesians 5:26-27 (KJV) 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.