“There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. And he thrust out the enemy before you and said, Destroy. So Israel lived in safety…Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph!” Deuteronomy 33:26-29
Reading these verses, isn’t it clear that no one else comes into our lives the way that God does? Coming in glory, power, and grace. The true, unchanging King who rides in victory and splendor. The One who breathed galaxies into existence breathes life into your soul. “The eternal God is your dwelling place.” We can dwell forever in the presence of the eternal God, in whom is found unspeakable joy and unexplainable peace that never end. Upheld by the everlasting arms that will never grow tired or weary.
Every time I read about an enemy in Scripture, I automatically transfer my thoughts to the spiritual enemies out to destroy us. Ephesians 6:12 emphasizes to us that our enemy is not one that we can see. He is much more powerful and dangerous than this, a much greater threat than any king or authority we could name. He is more powerful than all except One. The only One who can effectively defeat and bind this enemy is the One who rides through the heavens to our help. Our God, who reigns over all—even the works of the enemy. This is why our Lord can do the impossible. Because Satan himself cannot stand against the purposes and power of the God of Heaven. And in Christ, we stand in that victory. Because Jesus defeated him once and for all when He died on the cross and rose again in triumph. “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8). We dwell in safety because the God with whom we dwell is able to thrust out the enemy before us. And as Paul wrote in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
I love the picture of the Lord both as the Shield of our help and the Sword of our triumph. It means that whether we find ourselves in a defensive or offensive position, it is the power of God within us that enables us to stand. Those of us walking in the salvation of God through the cross of Christ aren’t relying on our own strength or ability. We rely fully on our God to come through for us, to be faithful each time. And He always will. Because He never fails us.