From the time David was a child, war was a part of his life. Against all odds, he killed the giant combatant Goliath with a slingshot and a stone, and as David reigned over God’s people, he was personally involved in many battles. The Philistines remained an enemy, and many descendants of Goliath (all were giants themselves) fought against the Israelites. With this in mind, we can better understand his frame of reference when we read some of the psalms written by David when he was a warrior.
For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love. Warriors value shields. No matter what battle we find ourselves in, when we picture God’s love as a protective shield surrounding us, we need not give up hope. His 360-degree surround-shield is what protects us, for our enemy is like a roaring hungry lion whose desire is to devour us. From which direction will the devil attack? Because it’s different for each of us we are warned by Peter in the New Testament to be alert and to stand firm in our faith. We do not battle alone and there have been many throughout His Story who have battled before us. But God is with us and He continues to bless the godly.