by Lisa Prysock
Psalm 47:9 (KJV)
The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: He is greatly exalted.
I noticed that in this verse (above), God refers to us as the princes of the people and the people of the God of Abraham. He further defines these (us) as being the shields of the earth.
The Oxford University Press defines a shield as protection against blows or missiles. The definition goes on to include: a buckler or target; a person or thing providing protection; a protection, cover, guard, screen, security, or shelter.
I believe we can conclude from this verse that God preserves the whole earth because of His special people; His blessed ones; His redeemed; His children who love Him; those whom He refers to as the shields of the earth.
He goes on to say that these shields belong unto Him. He defines who we are and reminds us that we are His. He takes great pleasure in this. He is greatly exalted by our faithfulness to Him. He deeply loves us. We can take great comfort knowing that He is always going to take care of us and the world we live in no matter what we are facing.
I find this a comforting antidote to fear. Consider for a moment, if God’s people were all removed from the earth… what an unprotected place it would be as His wrath and judgment would surely be poured out upon the earth and the remaining inhabitants; the enemies and haters of God. We can clearly see that God is watching over the entire earth for our sakes, for the sake of His people and those who will eventually turn to Him.
Friends, in Psalm 34:7 (NIV) we are given another promise: The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them. Whatever we are facing today, we can rest assured, the God of Abraham has His eye on the sparrow and He will deliver us, provide for us, and watch over us.
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About the Author:
Lisa M. Prysock is the author of “To Find a Duchess,” a Regency Inspirational Romance and two more Historical Christian Romance books with Kentucky settings in the Victorian Era, “Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story,” and “Abigail’s Melody,” Volume 1 and 2 in a series titled “The Victorian Christian Heritage Series.”
“I don’t know how it happens but most of my books end up in beautiful England at some point and two start out in gorgeous, rolling Kentucky…”
Kentucky inspires her writing and is home. She is happily married to her husband of seventeen years and homeschools two of their five children. She has a son in college and two stepdaughters, grown. Lisa grew up in the Ohio Valley and also spent her early childhood years in Minnesota on a farm. “Yes, there were chickens, a cow named Daisy and even horses one summer, a huge vegetable garden, fishing and snowmobiles!”
Lisa remembers writing her very first book in kindergarten in Wisconsin, with help from the teacher and a stapler. “It was a book about ‘Curious George.’ I couldn’t spell yet but the teacher wrote words beneath my illustrations for what I wanted to say on each page.” She has been writing ever since. She won a prize for a short story in 8th grade and remembers buying a manual typewriter with her first ever babysitting earnings.
Lisa is a huge fan of the “Little House on the Prairie” series, the “Anne of Green Gables” collection, the Jane Austen collection, C.S. Lewis books, “Heidi,” “Christy,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Little Women.” She loves writing family oriented, classic style literature: a little less conversation and a lot more detail and background. She also loves sharing her faith in Christ with her readers. She believes people just need to know how wonderful He is and attributes her dream of writing coming true entirely to Him.
She gives a portion of the proceeds of her books each month to missionaries and evangelists to further the gospel. She is currently writing her eighth book, and she recently completed “The Lydia Collection.” For more information about Lisa and to find out when her next book will launch, she can be found at: www.LisaPrysock.com