Magen-The Lord Is My Shield: Biblical Meaning And Praying The Names Of God.
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!
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: 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
Understanding the 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.
However, we live in a fallen world that is quite violent and means. 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 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.
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, 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?
The apostle Paul tells us why this is true. 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. I f 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.
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.
Here are a few of the many Bibles verses that speak about God being your shield:
I love you, Lord, my strength.
3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. 4 The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
6 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.
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.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song, I give thanks to him.
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.
“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.”
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Magen in Hebrew:
Magen is the Hebrew name for God meaning the Lord is my shield. God is your shield and protector. You need to inviteHim to fight your battles.
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.
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.
We will be using these bible verses in the month of January 2021 as our daily devotionals in our Restoring Beauty For Ashes Facebook Group. Come join us there and join me every day for the next 12 days here as we unpack each name of God in a daily blog and I will try and explain how to pronounce the Hebrew Names Of God too. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org on our FACEBOOKpage.
Come back tomorrow as we unpack the name, Migol-Oz-My Strong Tower.
It's all about His grace
Here is the list of blog posts about 30 Powerful Hebrew Names Of God And Their Meaning : Introduction, 30 Powerful Hebrew Names Of God And Their Meaning (Free Printable) HERE DAY 1. Elohim: Biblical Meaning (Pronouncing) And Praying The Names Of God HERE DAY 2. Yahweh: Biblical Meaning (Pronouncing) And Praying The Names Of God HERE DAY 3. El Roi-The God Who Sees Me: Biblical Meaning (Pronouncing) And Praying The Names Of God HERE DAY 4. El Shaddai-The All-Sufficient One, God Almighty: Biblical Meaning & Praying The Names Of God HERE DAY 5. El Olam-The Everlasting God Or The Eternal God: Biblical Meaning & Praying The Names Of God HERE DAY 6. Yahweh-Yireh-The Lord Will Provide: Biblical Meaning & Praying The Names Of God HERE DAY 7. Adoni-Lord And Master: Biblical Meaning & Praying The Names Of God HERE DAY 8. Yahweh Rapha-The Lord Who Heals: Biblical Meaning & Praying The Names Of God HERE DAY 9. Yahweh Nissi-The Lord Is My Banner: Biblical Meaning & Praying The Names Of God HERE DAY 10. El Kanna-Consuming Fire, Jealous God: Biblical Meaning (Pronouncing) And Praying The Names Of God HERE DAY 11. Yahweh Shalom-The Lord Is Peace HERE DAY 12. Qedosh Yisrael-Holy One Of Israel: Biblical Meaning (Pronouncing) And Praying The Names Of God HERE Day 13. Yahweh Tsuri-The Lord Is My Rock: Biblical Meaning And Praying The Names Of God HERE Day 14 Yahweh Roi-The Lord Is My Shepherd: Biblical Meaning And Praying The Names Of God HERE DAY 15 El Elyon-God Most High: Biblical Meaning And Praying The Names Of God HERE Day 16. Yahweh Shammah-The Lord Is There: Biblical Meaning And Praying The Names Of God HERE Day 17. Miqweh Yisrael-Hope Of Israel: Biblical Meaning And Praying The Names Of God HERe DAY 18. Magen-The Lord Is My Shield: Biblical Meaning And Praying The Names Of God HERE