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PSALM 5:11-12

"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."


 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15



Think with me about this.

Scripture says that God "daily loadeth us with benefits!"

"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. "  Psalm 68:19

That Hebrew verb "loadeth" (spelled "amas") carries the implication of placing a heavy weight upon someone!

God does weight His children down quite a bit!  But not with trials and heartaches ... at least not to an extreme, not perpetually.

Rather, He "loads" them with blessings!  Many blessings!  Heavy blessings! Manifold blessings!

And that little italicized word "benefits" must be explained by looking at the whole verse.  You will immediately notice that the only "benefit" specifically listed by the Psalmist is our "salvation!"  Again, here's the verse:  "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. "

The noun "salvation" used here is "yeshuah" (pronounced yesh-oo'-ah) and is nearly the equivalent of the proper name "Joshua."  Joshua means "Jehovah saves!" This is a clear Old Testament "hint" of the coming Lord Jesus Christ!

And, folks, HE is our Greatest Benefit!

He IS The Blessing of God!

He, Paul says, is our very LIFE!  (See Colossians 3:4)

Now, while thinking about God's "benefits," I discovered a two verse paragraph that is absolutely thrilling!

Here it is: 

"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."  Psalm 5:11-12

The Lord willing, this week-end we are going to look at this "beneficial" little Text!

Both Saturday and Sunday ... if not into next week a day or so ... we shall enjoy this "list of benefits" God has designed for His children!

Come join us!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The Passage is written to those who "put their trust in God."

It is filled with encouraging news too!

Here it is:

"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."  Psalm 5:11-12

Read that again!

Isn't it exciting?

First let's determine what it means to "put one's trust in the Lord."

That Hebrew verb, "chasah," literally means "to seek refuge!"  Better yet, "to flee for protection!"

David here describes himself as being surrounded by the wicked. 

Yet he is determined NOT to dwell with them!

He is resolved to "set no wicked thing before his eyes!"

He will "hate the work of them that turn aside" from God!

He will "not know a wicked person!"  (To "know" in a close, intimate sense!)

He will not allow himself close contact with those who possess "a high look and a proud heart!"

He will not tolerate any "who privately slander their neighbor!"

He will not associate with those who "work deceit" or "tell lies" either!

He plans to remove "all wicked doers from the city of the Lord!"  They will not be placed in positions of honor and leadership!

(By the way, all these "quotes" are coming from David's own mouth ... as recorded in Psalm 101.  If you are not familiar with it ... read it today!)

But Preacher Bagwell, if David were to avoid all these kinds of wicked people, where would he go?

Where would he live?

Where would be his dwelling place?


Psalm 5:11 answers that one!

He will flee to God for refuge!

He will dwell in God's Presence!

He will "put his trust in the Lord!"

He here is picturing our great God as a giant Tower of safety to Whom one can flee from the danger of sin!  "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe."  Proverbs 18:10

He views the Lord as a Rock or a large Fortress, a Place of Safety from evil!  "I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust ...."  Psalm 18:1-2

Or, maybe more accurately, He was thinking of the Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat ... the very Place where God dwelt on earth ... and the security that would be found if one could snuggle "under the wings" of the Cherubim there, those pure and holy angels that overshadowed God's Throne!  Sitting in the very Presence of our Holy God!

What a place to flee!

What a God in Whom to trust!

And listen, that's exactly where Paul says we New Testament Christian can live today.  In Heavenly Places ... there seated with Christ our resurrected and ascended Lord!

Ephesians 2:6 tells us that when He saved us, God also "Hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus!"  That's an amazing Truth!

Friends, we do not have to slosh around in the muck and mire of sin!

We can live above all that filth!

We, as David did long ago ... but with much more victory than he had ... we live on the historical side of Calvary ... the Holy Spirit has come to indwell and fill us ... can "trust" in God!

We can "flee to Him" for safety from sin and danger and fear!

Now ... the rest of Psalm 5:11-12 simply tells us the "benefits" of living in such a Place!

"But let all those that put their trust in thee ... rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."  Psalm 5:11-12

The "blessings" of this great Passage all "flow" from that first clause ... "putting one's trust in God!"

Flee to Him in every situation of life!


Living There is bliss!

Why, indeed living There is ... joy and peace and victory and righteousness and love and ... security from sin!

Christian, where are YOU dwelling today?

                                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The true Christian has every reason to be joyful!

In fact, joy is not only a consequence of being saved ... it is also a requirement of being so!

I say it's a consequence, a result of being saved for one big reason.  The Holy Spirit, Who comes to dwell within the new Believer in Christ, is a Spirit of Joy!

Paul tells us in Galatians 5 that "The Fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace ..." and six other qualities too."

If one is saved, joy will be a by-product of the Spirit's Presence!

But joy is also a REQUIREMENT in the life of a godly man or lady!

How do I know?

From Psalm 5:11 ... among other places!

"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."

I've capitalized the words of emphasis today.

If we have trusted Jesus ... we are then told to REJOICE!

The little Hebrew word used here is "samach" and means "to brighten up!"

It is framed in the Qal stem as an imperfect third person masculine plural verb. That in part means that the "voice" here is active ... WE are to do the rejoicing! In this sense it will not be done for us!

The "imperfect" timing of the verb indicates that the action described is not yet complete!  We are to start rejoicing the moment we get saved ... and continue until we get to Heaven ... or better yet,  I should say, for all eternity!  We will never finish rejoicing in Christ Jesus!

And the "number" of the verb ... plural ... reveals the fact that the Text is being written to ALL those (a multitude) who have put their trust in the Lord!


To find the first of the 22 times the word is used in the Old Testament in this very same form we must go back to 1 Chronicles 16:10.  "Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD."  (See!  If one truly seeks the Lord ... he must also rejoice!  It's a requirement!  The verb "glory" here is an imperative, thus giving us a "sense" of the intent of the accompanying verb "rejoice" also!  Required action!)

And now to the last of those 22 occurrences of the word ... Isaiah 66:13-14. "Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed: Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit."   (And yet see again ... if one serves the Lord ... he will automatically rejoice!  It is decreed of God!)


Now these two facts are not contradictory!

But, Preacher Bagwell, you said being joyful was required of a Christian!

It is!

Philippians 4:4 --- "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice."  Twice in the same short verse we are commanded to rejoice!  Paul clearly uses two imperatives to emphasize that fact! 

BUT also ... being joyful is a consequence of being saved!  You can't keep it from happening when the Holy Spirit moves "in!"  Let's listen to Peter this time.  "Whom (Jesus) having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory!"  1 Peter 1:8

If we believe ... we will rejoice!

Sequentially ... there comes faith, then joy!

In closing, we review:

Christian, REJOICE ... because it is commanded to you!

Also Christian, REJOICE ... because you are filled with delight and blessedness and felicity!  You just can't help it!

But now I remember!

An old British Preacher said it years ago.

"God's Commandments are also God's enablements!"

In other words, what God requires of us, He also empowers us to do!

Do Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy list the TEN COMMANDMENTS ... or the TEN EMPOWERMENTS?


See if you agree:

When you got saved ... you didn't even want to put another god above your Real God!

You would have never taken His Name in vain!

You longed to keep His Day holy!

You now would never kill or steal!

You want nothing that's not given you by your Lord!  (Not coveting!)

What He has required of you ... He has enabled you to do ... via the Power of the precious Holy Spirit!

There you have it!


You just MUST!

Yet again, you can't help it either!  Joy is IN you and it will come out!


Remember this ... at Church today!

Christian, brighten up!

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Driving home recently from a Revival Meeting, I passed an old Campground.  One where years ago the Word of God was preached mightily.  It had an unusual name: Loudsville Campground!  That's right, Loudsville.

Now while I know absolutely nothing about the background of that name, I do know this. The old godly Camp Meetings used to be places of shouting and singing and preaching and worshiping ... all directed to the Lord God Almighty!

And those old Meetings used to get quite LOUD!

This reminds me of a part of Psalm 11.  "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy ...."  Psalm 11:5

Now, I am going to capitalize part of that clause:   "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy ...."

See that?

"Shout for joy!"

That sure sounds LOUD to me!

The verb used here is (in Hebrew) "ranan" and means to sing aloud or to cry out or simply to shout!  Some teachers say that it comes from an older verb meaning "to creak" or "to emit a stridulous sound!"  (Striduous means a "shrill" sound!  "Stridere" in Latin = to make harsh sounds!  This sounds like Psalm 100's "joyful noise" to me!)

Furthermore the verb "ranan" is framed here as a Piel imperfect 3rd person plural.  The Piel stem in Hebrew intensifies any action word!  This is REAL singing!  LOUD singing!  Hearty singing!  The "imperfect" sense of timing tells us the action being described is "incomplete."  This is habitual on-going constant singing and praising God!  And then the 3rd person plural means God is addressing a whole crowd of Believers!  ALL OF YOU ... shout for joy!

But maybe the most significant fact about this verb today is that it (in both its first and last Bible occurrences) speaks of the action Christians take when the Lord comes to be with them!

When He comes down to live in their presence!

Look!  I again have capitalized and underlined the "ranan" verbs.

First use ... Leviticus 9:24 --- "And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces."  Aaaron had just been dedicated as High Priest and the Lord God made Himself known!  He was there! Then ... the people shouted for joy!

Last use ... Zechariah 2:10 --- "Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD."  This one speaks for itself!

When the Lord is in our midst ... shout for joy!

But, wait a minute!

In the New Testament age, the one in which we all live, our great God is ALWAYS present with us!

"For He (the Lord) hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5

"And, lo, I (the Lord) am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Matthew 28:20

So ... if He is with us all the time, if He literally "indwells" us, this joyful attitude (this "shouting for joy") must prevail in our lives!

We should be happy and singing and thrilled perpetually, all the time!

Lets go back to our first verse:  "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy ...."  Psalm 11:5

If you're "saved" ... having placed your trust in Jesus ... from now on "shout for joy!"

After all, you have every reason to be glad!

Your sins are gone!

Your guilt is a thing of the past!

Victory is promised you!

Heaven awaits you!

The Spirit of God directs you!

And Jesus is coming again some day to get you!

Now that IS shouting ground!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Christian friend, what if I told you that the Lord God in Heaven defends you?

That He is your Protector!

In Psalm 5:11, David says to God:  "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them ...."

God defends those who put their trust in Him!

No wonder the Believer in Christ can rejoice and shout so!

And what does this word "defend" mean?

In Hebrew it is spelled "sakak" and means "to shut in" or "to hedge about" or even "to cover!"  It can even mean "to overshadow!"

Praise the Lord!

In the King James Version "sakak" is translated cover (or covering) 17 times.  It is defendest or defence 2 times.  But it is "joined together" once!  (And it only occurs in the whole Bible 23 times.)

We are being told that God overshadows us!

That He hedges us from harm!

Here's the first time this verb is used in the Bible:  "And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering ("sakak") the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be."

Talk about being "under His wings!"

Here it is again:  "O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered ("sakak") my head in the day of battle."  Psalm 140:7

What armor for the war!

And one more thing ... this verb "defendest" is given in the "imperfect" sense of timing.  That means that the action it depicts is incomplete.  God is not through defending us yet!  It is an on-going activity! 

If you today are putting your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ ... He is RIGHT NOW defending you as well!

Glory to God!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell


Now ... I usually do not add extra paragraphs to these Bible studies, but today is an exception.  The "root" word behind our "defendest" verb ("sakak") means "to weave" or "to entwine" (as a screen).  In that sense it has come to mean "to cover."  God weaves us into a "cocoon" of protection from evil or harm!

Now, get this.  The word TEXT (a Passage of Scripture) also means "to weave!" And while I realize that I am mixing languages (Hebrew and Latin) ... isn't it interesting that God's "defense" of us ("sakak") and the "texts" of the Bible ("texere") both have the same idea ... weaving and protecting!   And surely you will agree, both God's Power and God's Word do protect us effectually!

These thoughts are illustrated Biblically by verses like Psalm 91:4 where we are told:  "He shall cover ("sakak") thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth (The Word of God) shall be thy shield and buckler."  Do you see the combination of God's Protection and His Word?  It's there!




I'm quite sure you have heard the expression "jump for joy!"

Guess what?

It's in the Bible!

At least it is one of the Bible's lovely "word pictures!"

Let me explain what I mean.

We shall begin in Psalm 5.

The verse we must study is number 5.  "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."

I want you to notice with me that last verb in the verse ... "be joyful."

That's it!

In Hebrew this is spelled "alatzs."

It literally means "to jump for joy."  That's according to the word dictionary in the massive Strong's Concordance.

It also carries the idea of "triumph" or "exultation!"

If we are trusting in the Lord, realizing that He is defending us day by day ... we can truly "be joyful!"

The term is only used 8 times in the whole Bible!  (By the way, that's the number of "new beginnings" in Scripture!)

It ("alatzs") is used of Hannah after she gave birth to little Samuel!  Think how very thrilled she must have been!  1 Samuel 2:1 --- "And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart REJOICETH in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation."

David the King could see the very fields rejoicing in the Lord God Almighty!  In 1st Chronicles 16:32 he prayed:  "Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein."

David also vows to personally rejoice in His God!  Listen to him in Psalm 9:2. "I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High."

Next our verb is rendered "triumph."  Psalm 25:2 --- "O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me."

I hope you don't think this occurrence is too extreme!  Read it carefully!  Psalm 68:3 --- "But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice."

There are two other Bible references that use our verb also, but you get the picture by now.

"Jump for joy!"

"In the Lord!"

"If you're saved!"

Now I realize that the Jewish people are emotional in nature!  They do love jumping and rejoicing and shouting God's praises!  At least the saved ones I know do!

But we Gentiles need not be left behind!

We, if saved, can also "be joyful" in the Lord!

But now, here's fair warning.  If you do any literal "jumping" in the Lord ... better do so alone or in the back yard or when everybody's gone from the house!

And ... be absolutely sure ... that you don't do any of that down at that little Baptist Church you attend!

You would get labeled a "nut" certainly!

And where did this "jumping" idea come from?

The Bible!

"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."  Psalm 5:11

Bless the dear Name of our Lord!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell





That's THE word to describe any man or woman who is saved by the Grace of God!

Psalm 5:12 says so!

"For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."

The verb here used for "bless" is (in Hebrew) "barak."  It actually means "to kneel!"  The idea behind such a meaning is that God, high and lofty and eternal and perfect, has condescended ... has "come down" to where we are ... to the level of created humanity ... to save us from our sins!

That's exactly what Jesus has done!

He IS God! 

He "thought it not robbery to be equal with God!"

Yet He was willing to assume a human body (via the Virgin Birth) and come from heaven to earth ... kneeling down even to the level of death ... death on a Cross ... that we might be redeemed!

Let me also mention that the verb "bless" in our verse today is in the Piel stem, which in Hebrew indicates strong aggressive action!  We are not just blessed of God (in Christ Jesus) ... we are BLESSED of God in Christ Jesus!  The blessing is done powerfully and dramatically and successfully!

Really blessed!

Then each Old Testament verb also has ... not exactly "tense" as we know it in English ... but a sense of action nonetheless.  And this use of "bless" ("barak") here is such that it indicates "incomplete" action!

God is not through blessing the righteous yet!

He is still doing so!

In our dear old King James Bibles ... it is beautifully worded: "For Thou, Lord, will bless the righteous!"  That clearly gives the sense that He has not yet finished His blessing of the godly!

According to Psalm 31:19 the Lord has blessings still "laid up" for those who fear His Name!  They are yet future!  "Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee."  ("Laid up" means treasured or hidden or stored away!)  Amen!

Yes, the Lord has blessed the righteous!

We don't even have to know the many ways in which He has done so either! 

Just take His Word for it!

If you are righteous (just, lawful, judicially) before God ... through the shed Blood of Jesus ... you are blessed in so many ways that it takes 1189 chapters of Scripture (the whole Bible) to explain them!

Yes, those who are "in Christ Jesus" are blessed!

Yet ... how should we respond to such Grace?

With a lifetime (followed by an eternity) of loving and worshipping and praising Almighty God the Father and His dear Son Jesus Christ!

Bless Him who has so blessed you!

"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." Psalm 103:1

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Paul the New Testament Apostle once said that we who are saved have been "blessed with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."  Ephesians 1:3

How many would that be?


Innumerable blessings!

Yet, to be an Old Testament Text, Psalm 5 gloriously lists a number of them!

Let me show you two of its precious verses:  "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."   Psalm 5:11-12

Look at them!

The Lord allows us to put our trust ("to flee for protection") in Him!

He gives us cause to rejoice (to "shine," to "brighten up")!

He places a "shout" in our hearts!

He "defends" us!

He gives us a love for His Name!

He makes us joyful (a joy that by definition expands from spirit to soul ... even to body)!

He "blesses" us!

He encircles us with "favour!"

And ... He is a Shield to us as we travel through enemy infested lands!

Ten (10) of them!

Ten "blessings!"

Just quickly taken from Psalm 5:11-12!

Today let's focus on just one of them ... the "favour" with which He compasses us ... and study it some.

The Hebrew noun rendered "favour" here only occurs 56 times in the whole Bible.

It is spelled "ratzson."

It, like most nouns, has some latitude of meaning.

In the King James Bible it is translated as follows: "favour" (15 times), "will" (as in "desire," 14 times), "acceptable" (8 times), "delight" (5 times), "pleasure" (5 times), "accepted" (4 times), "desire" (3 times), "acceptance" (1 time) and "selfwill" (1 time).

Our word, though a noun, comes initially from a verbal root which means "to be pleased with!"  Especially in the area of finance, "to satisfy" a debt!

Because of the atoning Blood of Christ Jesus, our Heavenly Father is "satisfied" with us ... in our standing in the Lord!

The sin-debt has been paid!

He has blanketed us with His acceptance and pleasure and approval!

He has made us desirable, even delightful ... to His Holy Nature!

Isn't this amazing?

The word's first Bible use is in Exodus 28:36-38 where Aaron, the High Priest of Israel, is commanded to wear a headpiece upon which is placed a plate of pure gold engraved with these words "Holiness to the Lord!"  Then we are told: "And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD." 

Such divine "acceptance" only comes through Jesus' work of Calvary!

The last use of the word is found in Malachi 2:13 where God can no longer look on Israel with "good will" due to her sins!

And in Psalm 19:14 David prays that his thoughts will be "acceptable" to the Lord!  "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength, and my Redeemer."

The New Testament expresses it more succinctly.  "To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved."  (Ephesians 1:6)  Of course, the "Beloved" is Jesus! 

Friend, if you have been redeemed by the Grace of God ... you are not just "saved" ... you have also been transformed into a trophy of this manifold Grace ... made delightful and pleasing and favorable to the Almighty God!

Praise His Name!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




We are all aware of the Lord's great promise concerning His Presence.  It's recorded in Hebrews 13:5.  "For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

The "He" in that verse is Jesus!  And the ones who are never forsaken are Believers in Christ Jesus!

That alone is a great comforting truth to us all!

But in Psalm 5:12 we are told even more!

"For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."

Do you see that?

The Lord just said He would COMPASS the righteous ... as with a shield!

His never leaving us is amazing!

His "compassing" us is even more so!

The Hebrew verb used here is "atar" and means "to surround!"

The Lord literally surrounds us!

He surrounds us with His Presence ... which automatically includes His Protection!

And since He surrounds us ...

He is not only with us!

He is before us ... ahead of us!  (The word "Author" in "Author and Finisher of our faith" means literally the "Line Leader!")  Let me say it again.  Jesus is ahead of us!

He is then behind us too!  The soldiers (bodyguards really) who protected the rear of an advancing body of people were called the "rereward."  (Pronounced "rear" + "ward.")  "For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward."  Isaiah 52:12

He (if surrounding us) is also on our right hand ... and on our left"The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand."  Psalm 121:5

I even have the feeling that if our Lord is "compassing" us (surrounding us) ... He then is above us and under us as well!  Above us?  "The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good."  (Proverbs 15:3)  Below us?  "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee."  Deuteronomy 33:27

How very secure this should make the Christian!

But WHY has the Lord so compassed His Own Children?

Psalm 5:12 again answers the question!

"Thou wilt compass him as with a shield."

He surrounds us ... to protect us!

The noun "shield" ("tzsinnah" in Hebrew) means a large protective device known as a "buckler!"  It's really a great big deflective (and defensive) piece of armour!  A good thing to have when you're in a battle!

The flying arrows of Satan just can't hurt the Christian with such a shield!

How does all this make you feel?

What assurance and comfort we are given here!

In fact, it ought to make you live like a king (or a queen)!

Like a prince or a princess!

I said that ... then learned one other meaning for our verb "compass" ("atar").  In the King James Bible the word is translated 5 times either "crowned" or "crowning!"

The Lord has crowned us with His Presence!

Just as He crowns the year with His goodness ... He crowns individual Believers with His Presence!  "Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness."  Psalm 65:11

Go ahead, saved friend ... live like a king!  You are one!  You've already been "crowned" with God's good Presence!

Now, again, read it with me carefully ... "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."  Psalm 5:11-12


Thank you, Lord!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The Word of God, the Bible, is called by the Apostle Paul ... "the sword of the Spirit!"  He did so in Ephesians 6:17.

Yet I read in Psalm 91:4 that the "Truth" of God, another term for His Word, is also a shield and buckler!  "He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His Truth shall be thy shield and buckler."

Now, look at that!

For years I've told us Christians that the central offensive weapon we have with which to fight the devil and sin is the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God! 

That is true, but now I have learned that the Bible (God's Truth) is also one of our great defensive weapons too!

It is our shield and buckler.   "Buckler" is simply another way of saying shield. Practically the only difference between them is the size of each. One is larger ... the other smaller.  Each is to be used at the appropriate moment of battle!

God's word will defend us from attacks far away (the larger shield needed)... or nearby (the smaller buckler)!

Talk about a multi-purpose piece of armor!

The Word of God!

Yet there is another interesting little feature about the Hebrew word here used for "shield,"  spelled "tzsinnah."

The noun's occurrences in the King James Bible are: "shield" (10 times), "buckler" (5 times), "target" (5 times), "hook" (1 time) and "cold" 1 time!  I believe I've alluded to all 22 times the word appears in Scripture.

For example:  "For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."  Psalm 5:12

That can mean that God surrounds ("compasses") us with His dear Word (as a "shield")!

Protected by the very Word of God!

That's an exciting thought all by itself!

... But those other uses of "tzsinnah" interest me too.

In its first Bible appearance, 1st Samuel 17:7, Goliath the Philistine giant has a man walking ahead of him, bearing a shield!  "And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him."  Hey, Goliath, so do I!

Also I wonder ... how can the word "shield" also be rendered as "hook?" 

It ("tzsinnah") comes from a root word meaning "to be sharp, prickly or thorny!" From that "base" it eventually means a shield!  As a "hook" is pointed ... and as severe "cold" is cutting and sharp ... so is "tzsinnah!"

I imagine our "shield" is rather sharp in the devil's eyes too!   Like maybe ... a two-edged sword!

Then lastly you noticed that our word for "shield" is also translated "target" five times!  This implies that a shield also becomes a target ... when the battle is raging! The enemy will shoot at your shield!  (That's WHY the Word of God is under such attack!)

So ... carry your shield ... but expect fiery darts to be hurled against it!

Yet be assured of this ... It will NOT fail you!

Let us today (Sunday) be sure to have our Bibles (our Swords ... AND our Shields) with us as we go to Church!

After all, if we're in the right kind of Church, we will surely need them!


(And if your Church places little or no emphasis on the Word of God ... start placing your emphasis on finding a Church that does!)

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell







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