• Karen O'Reilly

Magen-Hebrew Name Of God - meaning the Lord is my Shield

Updated: Oct 24

Magen is the Hebrew name for God meaning, the Lord is my shield, my protector. God is your shield. You might not be able to see all that God protects you from but He does protect you. The Bible tells us that God shields us from enemy fire. Ancient shields were often made of layered cowhide and were used in situations of close combat as well as to protect soldiers from rocks hurled at them from city walls. They could also be used as shade during the heat of the day, a shelter to rest under at night. Keep this image on your mind as we discover the scripture treasure in this awesome name of God!


Hebrew word for shield- Magen

Magen-The Lord Is My Shield

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;

you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. Psalm 3:3.


Pronouncing The Name Of God - Magen (God shields His people): ma-GAIN


This is Day 17 of a 30 Day study on The Names Of God. If you haven't read the introduction yet, please start HERE


Name Of God, Magen-The Lord Is My Shield:

The Bible tells us that God is your shield. He is my shield and my protector! That means He is yours too!

We don't always see or know what God protects us from and I am so grateful for that. It saves quite a bit of stress.


I am sure you, like me, have been hurt by the words and actions of others. If you ever feel under attack- which could be personal, financial, or some other type of attack, take courage and remember Psalm 3:3.


The Lord is your protective shield about you. He sees and knows what is happening to you. Ask for His help. Invite Him into the middle of your situation and ask for His protection and wisdom on how to take care of this attack.


I mentioned above that shields could also be used as shade during the heat of the day, and a shelter to rest under at night. In order for the shield to be effective, it had to fit whatever or whomever it was covering. This is true for you and me in our daily life. We need the appropriate shield for whatever reason or situation that we find ourselves in. There is only one way to find the perfect shield and that is in God's presence.

We are so blessed! We carry God's presence continually, once we have surrendered our lives to Him. We have unlimited access to our Shield and Protector!


How do we carry God's presence as a shield?

We do this by walking in faith, reading, learning, and praying God's word. Then when those fiery darts and arrows are fired at us, we have God's words of truth to calm our minds and instruct us in a godly approach to the problem at hand. God's word, scripture has the firepower to pray over ourselves and our loved ones. Scripture makes a great shield!


"In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil." Ephesians 6:16


Paul warns us in Ephesians 6 to take up the shield of faith to stop the fiery darts of the devil. You don't always see those fiery darts coming until they hit. They can take different forms, for example, a body and mind trapped in sin, an unexpected job loss, or marital issues. The shield of faith is the protective armor that God has given us for daily battles.


Roman centurions would not think of going into battle without their shields. In Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul was comparing the necessity of a Christian taking up the shield of faith to the necessity of the Roman soldier taking up his shield for battle.


What battle are you fighting right now?


Magen-The Lord Is My Shield is always the answer. He is the only one that can be effective in your daily battles.


Do you know why?


God is our shield

The apostle Paul tells us why the Lord is our shield. He warns us in Ephesians 6:12 that our


" struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places."


Remember this when you know you might lose your temper and say the wrong thing or when someone you know makes the wrong decision and takes drugs, steals an item, or even that battle we all have with our family at times when we can't get them to come to church.


My husband has the awesome privilege of being a church minister. He is really good at preaching (I may be a bit biased!) but you can always see some people disengage or they totally hear the opposite of what is being preached!

One evening we were taking a class of teenagers and teaching about discipleship. To engage them we used a really good video that was created for their age group. Those wonderful kids heard the exact opposite of what had been spoken. If I hadn't been in the room, I would not have believed it!


There were 8 teens and they all heard the same thing. I learned that night how important prayer is, especially before preaching and teaching God's word. We need to pray often to God as Magen - our shield.


So take up your shield of faith through prayer and reading God's word.


If you are in a battle today, take up your shield of faith. Go to God in prayer and ask Him to lift your head, to protect your mind from wrong thoughts and your heart from breaking. The Lord will be your shield.


God is my shield Bible verses

The Lord is your shield and buckler!


Here are some encouraging 'Shield' Bible verses to remind you that God - Magen - is your defender and protector. Raise up and pray these shield scriptures to protect and deflect the arrows of the enemy. Perfect for times when you are filled with anxiety.


1. I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise and I have been saved from my enemies. The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:1-6


2. The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7


3. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4


4. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11


5. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LordGod is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

Philippians 4:13

6. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13


Magen Hebrew meaning:

Magen is the Hebrew name for God meaning the Lord is my shield.


The Hebrew word 'Magen' appears in the Bible 63 times. It is mainly translated as shield or buckler and it also is translated as defense or armed.


Today hold on tight to this truth: God is your Magen. He is your shield and protector. Invite Him into your battles and trust Him to be your shield.


Applying the name of God, Magen-The Lord Is My Shield to your life:


How does knowing God as Magen-The Lord Is My Shield affect your life?

I have prepared a free printable for you to use as you explore the names of God. You will find it in our Resource Library Here.

This page has prompts for you to use as you prayerfully meditate on the names of God.

So who is Magen to you?

How does knowing God as Magen impact your life?

How can you grow in your Christian walk by understanding God as Magen?



Praying the Name Of God, Magen-The Lord Is My Shield:

When you pray the word of God, you are praying His words of truth into your situation. It is the same when you pray the names of God. When you understand the meaning of the specific name of God and pray it over your situation-it is declaring His power over it. It certainly will build your faith and expectation of God to move in it.


When you pray God's name, you are declaring the truth of who God is and you are proclaiming His power at work in your life. And when you pray to Magen-The Lord Is My Shield, you are praying to the God who has promised to watch over you and keep you safe.


Let's Pray:

Magen, You are my shield and my eternal protector. When I am in danger or distress, help me to trust you with my battle. Lift up my head and my heart and place them on You. Thank you for being a shield about me, covering me with Your presence, and protecting me from enemy attacks. Fill me with Your wisdom and courage as I face each battle. Amen.


I hope this post about God being your shield and protector has encouraged you. Remember this Hebrew name of God - Magen - whenever anxiety strikes. Write out and pray those 'God is my shield' Bible verses and watch the darts of the enemy deflect. These verses are included in our 30 Powerful Names Of God Devotional Bible Study & Prayer Journal/Workbook. You will find it HERE.


I would love it if you could share with me your thoughts as you work your way through this Scripture plan. You can connect with me via emailkaren@scripturalgrace.comor on our FACEBOOKpage.

Come back tomorrow as we unpack the name, Migol-Oz-My Strong Tower.

It's all about His grace

xx Karen.

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