5292 defence, divine

5292 defence, divine

God defends his people, especially the most vulnerable. Because of God’s defence, although Christians sometimes face trials and persecutions their eternal security is never threatened.

God defends his people

Isa 41:10-12 See also Ex 23:20,27; 1Sa 2:9; 2Ki 6:16-17; Ps 34:7; Ps 144:10; Isa 19:20; Isa 51:16,22; Isa 54:16-17; Jer 50:34; Jer 51:36; Zec 9:8; Mt 16:18; Jn 10:28-29; 2Ti 4:16-18

God defends especially the most vulnerable of his people

Ps 10:17-18 See also Dt 10:17-18; Ps 68:5; Ps 146:9; Pr 23:10-11

God defended the city of Jerusalem

2Ki 19:32-34 pp Isa 37:33-35 See also 2Ki 20:6 pp Isa 38:6; Ps 48:3; Isa 31:5; Zec 2:4-5; Zec 12:8

God’s defence of his people is pictured in various ways

As a hiding-place Ps 32:7 See also Ps 17:8; Ps 27:5; Ps 31:20

As a refuge Ps 57:1 See also Dt 33:27; Ps 46:1; Pr 14:26; Pr 18:10; Joel 3:16; Na 1:7

As a shield Ps 115:9-11 See also Ge 15:1; Ps 84:11; Ps 119:114; Pr 30:5

As a combination of images 2Sa 22:1-4 pp Ps 18:2-3 See also Ps 71:3; Ps 91:1-4; Ps 144:1-2; Isa 25:4

The most reliable defence for God’s people is to trust only in him

Isa 31:1 See also 2Ch 16:7-9; Ps 20:6-8; Ps 37:16-19; Ps 125:1-2; Isa 17:7-8; Da 3:16-18; Hos 14:3

Examples of prayers for God’s defence

Ps 25:20 See also 2Ki 19:14-19 pp Isa 37:14-20; 2Ch 20:10-12; 2Ch 32:17,20; Ps 35:23; Ps 74:22; Ps 86:2

Because of God’s defence the eternal security of believers is never threatened

1Pe 1:3-5 See also Mt 10:28-31 pp Lk 12:4-7; Jn 10:28-29; Jn 17:15; Ro 8:31-39; 2Ti 4:18; Heb 11:32-39; 1Pe 5:8-10; Jude 24; Rev 2:10; Rev 7:13-17

See also

1240God, the Rock
1320God as Saviour
4126Satan, resistance to
5315fortifications
5316fortress
5330guard
5480protection
5490refuge
5527shield
5698guardian
8459perseverance
8486spiritual warfare, armour

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