“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.” Psalm 18.30
How many times have you thought to yourself, “Ok God, why in the world are you taking me down THIS path? I just don’t get it!” If we are honest, the truth is that most of us have thought that to ourselves more than once. We look at our circumstances and we look at ourselves, wondering how we are going to handle this situation.
The GOOD news is this: “As for God, his way is perfect (blameless) … ” That word perfect means exactly what we think it means. We can never improve on the “way” that God chooses for us. That doesn’t mean that we understand His reason(s) for such a path. If we stop right there in this verse, we will miss what else the psalmist tells us.
“ … the word of the LORD is tried … ” Another translation reads: “ … the word of the Lord proves true;” EVERYTIME God is put to the test, His Word is PROVEN true. There is not ONE exception. He does not ask us to UNDERSTAND everything, but He does ask us to TRUST Him.
Here is the clincher – the truth we have been looking for and wanting to claim: “ … he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” Again, an alternate reading says: “he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” A shield is of no value if we never use it. The Lord says, “If you will TRUST me, I will be your shield.”
There is a great companion passage in the New Testament: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Ephesians 6.13-18)
A warrior is completely vulnerable in battle if he refuses to use the armor offered to him. The same is true for us – God’s children. Just my thoughts …