Psalm 140 … Consider Him Who Covers Our Head in the Day of Battle

“O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
You have covered my head in the day of battle,”
(140:7).

This morning was a battle; nothing major, but the combatant taunts of the enemy raced through my thoughts as I sat down with His Living Word. Typically, I begin my morning reading from two devotionals before opening His Word, and then follow with prayer and journaling. But this morning didn’t feel typical. I picked up my journal before I opened my Bible. “Oh Father, please open my eyes. I need You, Father. I need to see You, to sense Your Presence and Your Pleasure… I so need to have peace and rest in You.”

We live in a day that has caught many of us off guard. Who could have ever predicted all that 2020 would usher in upon our unsuspecting nation and world? And then add to that our personal trials and sufferings along with the insecurity of what lies behind the door of 2021, and we have what many would call “the perfect storm.” It’s astounding how quickly our thoughts and feelings, when left unchecked, can race us off right off the cliff into discouragement, depression, doubt and despair.

But oh His Living Word! How thankful I am to hear His voice, and I know you are too. As I began reading David’s prayer for protection against the wicked, I clearly saw my own need. And while we may not wrestle against a human enemy, our enemy is just as real; and he is relentless.

The enemy relentlessly devises evil things to stir up wars within our soul with his poisonous lies against God’s truth.

Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men;
Preserve me from violent men
Who devise evil things in their hearts;
They continually stir up wars.
They sharpen their tongues as a serpent;
Poison of a viper is under their lips. Selah,
(140:1-3).

And the enemy tirelessly works to trip and trap us in his evil schemes.

 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
Preserve me from violent men
Who have purposed to trip up my feet.
The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords;
They have spread a net by the wayside;
They have set snares for me. Selah,
(140:4-5).

And as I read His Holy, Inspired, Living Word, I realized I was engaged in a battle, unseen yet so very real; and in David’s prayer of faith, I saw myself, desperately needy, yet unbeaten and protected.

Perhaps when David wrote “You have covered my head in the day of battle,” he was remembering the day he went out to meet Goliath, with no protection except his mighty God.

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted,” (1 Samuel 17:45).

Perhaps he also was reflecting on the success of his military campaigns to expand his nation’s borders. David had a lot of experience in war, and he knew exactly the cause of each one of his victories.

I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted
And justice for the poor,
(140:12).

The truth is, we also have plenty of experience in war because for the believer, every day is a Day of Battle.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour, (1 Peter 5:8).

And we know the struggle is real, but it’s not against flesh and blood. Our struggle is against the unseen forces of evil.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For 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, (Ephesians 6:111-2).

And the Battle the enemy wages is against our thinking; for as he thinks within himself, so he is… (Proverbs 23:7). And if the enemy can get us to engage in wrong thinking, we are in danger of being taken captive by his schemes. And because they are unseen forces, the attacks just might escape our notice.

Consider Benjamin Weiss’ commentary regarding the implication of “covered my head in battle.”
Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle. A captain or prince had always beside him in battle an armour bearer, whose duty it was “to cover his master’s head”, that is, to ward off with the shield the blows aimed at his head, and which, in the heat of the fight, had escaped his own notice. –Benjamin Weiss (author of A Christian Jew on the Old Testament Scriptures) https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-140-7.html

And in His amazing grace, our Captain becomes our armor bearer as He Covers Our Head in the Day of Battle.

Consider Him Who Covers Our Head in the Day of Battle

  • He Covers Our Head in the Day of Battle with His Strength
    • Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm, (Ephesians 6:13).
  • He Covers Our Head in the Day of Battle with His Truth and Righteousness
    • Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (Ephesians 6:14).
  • He Covers Our Head in the Day of Battle with His Peace
    • and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, (Ephesians 6:15).
  • He Covers Our Head in the Day of Battle with His Shield of Faith
    • in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one, (Ephesians 6:16).
  • He Covers Our Head in the Day of Battle with His Salvation
    • And take the helmet of salvation… (Ephesians 6:17).
  • He Covers Our Head in the Day of Battle with His Word
    • …and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, (Ephesians 6:17).

How do we respond to Him Who Covers Our Head in the Day of Battle?

Apart from salvation in Christ, we are left uncovered. But in His glorious redemption, He Covers Our Head in the Day of Battle. When Paul speaks of the full armor of God, he refers to the helmet of salvation. It is Christ’s death on the cross that paid the debt of our sin and Covered Our Head in the Day of Battle for our eternal soul. And while the war for our eternal destiny is won, we know all too well, the Days of Battle do not stop.

And Scripture explicitly states this ensuing Battle takes places in Our Head, and it is His divinely powerful weapons that will vanquish the enemy’s tactics, those thoughts raised against the truth of God.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

Every day we need the Lord of Hosts as our defense and shield to ward off the blows aimed at our head, our thinking and our reasoning. And if we are to have victory in the heat of the fight, it will be in the strength of Him Who Covers Our Head in the Day of Battle.

When we know and believe His Love for us, He Covers Our Head with His Abiding Love in the Day of Battle.

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him, (John 4:16).

When we choose to dwell on His Truth and Righteousness, He Covers Our Head with His Mindset in the Day of Battle.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things, (Philippians 4:8).

When we refuse to worry but pray in thanksgiving, He Covers Our Head with His Peace in the Day of Battle.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 4:6-7).

When we live with eternity in view, He Covers Our Head with Faith in the Day of Battle.

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal, (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

When we seek Him in His Word, He Covers Our Head with Wisdom in the Day of Battle.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16).

The Battle is for our mind. That is why the enemy is relentless in his attacks. But the Lord has provided all we need. We have His Holy Spirit imparted to us through Salvation and we have His Holy Word, that will protect and provide His rest and strength.

Oh, let us take hold of His promises; and as He Covers Our Head with His Love, His Full Armor, His Holy Spirit and His Word, He will transform us into His victorious conquerors in every Day of Battle.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 8:35-36, 38-39).

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect, (Romans 12:2).

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