“But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory,
the One who lifts my head high.”
“For you bless the righteous, O LORD;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.”
David said this, no doubt speaking of God’s protection from his enemies, but also due to the fact that God lifted his head high and brought him up from a lowly state into royalty. Even while he was being chased out of the city, I believe his trust was that God would be his shield and would restore his throne (2 Samuel 15:25).
These verses are jam-packed with reality for me, as Jesus was so kind as to visit me one day and literally become my Shield. Thank the Lord for it because I was in heavy onslaught, but what an unexpected surprise! There was no praise and worship music going, the atmosphere was not peaceful at all. In fact, quite the opposite. A man of authority over me at the time was spewing out verbal assault at me and harping on weaknesses and lies that only I knew were areas that the enemy would come at me. We were sitting on the floor across from one another and I was sitting Indian style. I felt every word he said to me like a sucker-punch and so my shoulders hung low and my head bowed down while I cried. Suddenly, out of no where, I saw Jesus come in the room from my right. Thankfully, this was not the first time I had seen Him so I knew it was Him. Also by discernment, I knew it was Him as He and God always seem to come in from the right like that. He walked up to me and sat down in front of me so that we were sitting face to face. I was very aware that He had positioned Himself with His back against this man who was speaking to me abusively. As if to say to me, don’t listen to him, I’m not. Jesus put His right hand on my left shoulder and He put His left hand on my right shoulder. His arms stood out broad, as if to both cover me and to stand firm. Immediately, my shoulders and my head began to lift up. Every lie that came out of that man’s mouth, Father would counter and say, “No Heather, that’s not true. You’re my daughter and I love you.” And Jesus stayed with me until the man left.
Many times, I don’t know everything the Lord is saying or showing to me in the moment that I see Him or hear Him. I was contemplating this much later on, thinking, “What in the world was that?” When God shows Himself it’s always very purposeful. I began to realize some of what Jesus was doing. He Himself was being my shield and taking all of those fiery darts on His back for me. I know the verse that He is our shield and buckler, but never thought that the Lord Himself would ever literally come and be our shield. It became even more real to me that He literally already has borne our griefs, carried our sorrows, and even taken persecution in His own body for us, even that which is still yet to come.
So, we know faith is our shield but this reminded me more of favor to be honest. Scriptures relative to favor just started to pop after this and I prayed them without even realizing it. Odd scriptures that don’t usually strike me I started to pray.
“But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn:
I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”
“You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows.”
Mostly, all of this reminded me of, and correlated mostly to me, with David and with Mary. Interesting those two correlate in lineal royalty. The angel appeared to Mary and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David.” (Luke 1:28-32). And later in verses 51 & 52 she says, “He has shown strength with his arm; He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; He has brought down mighty kings from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly.”
I am watching the Lord rescue His children right now in such a mighty way. I feel like I have never seen Him move so sovereignly. He has such a rich and royal inheritance for His children that He wants to bring us into. He is displaying the strength of His Right Arm with powerful signs and wonders, with great and mighty exploits that are absolutely undeniable. I feel like now is the time that He is parting the sea, bringing His bride out of bondage, drowning her enemies, and drawing her to Himself. With great zeal, might I add. He is very jealous for His bride. What an amazing time to be alive and to know the greatness of His everlasting covenant. I just wanted to share that because this is happening throughout the body of Christ; I am not anything special. I keep hearing powerful testimonies from many of God showing up sovereignly. I want to encourage you to press in to Him for everything that He has for you, for this is such a pivotal and paramount time in history. There really is not much time left; Jesus is coming so very quickly. Get ready. He is moving so powerfully right now, just lean in slightly and He will take over! I highly recommend that you just allow Him to sweep you away in His goodness.