SAUL, a tall man, and Israel’s first king,
Called in the young shepherd David to sing,
Whenever an evil spirit gave him mental suffering,
So that he will find peace on hearing the song.
While in the jungle, searching for green pastures,
David, the son of Jesse, with his bare hands,
Killed a fierce lion that attacked his herds,
His only strength was God’s reliable promises.
Armor for a king and his mighty soldiers:
Steel helmets on heads, two edged swords in hands,
Stronger breast plates, broad and heavy shields,
Firm-grip belts around waist and road-grip steel shoes.
Goliath, the tallest, strongest Philistine warrior,
Challenged Israel’s army, Saul gave David his armor,
But he discarded them as they were all heavier,
With a sling and a pebble, he killed the Philistine soldier.
Today, Satan, a mightier and trickier enemy is around us,
He tricks us into sin and fights with our goodness,
His schemes, they work against all those who are righteous,
He persecutes the body, mind, and soul through his agents.
Rise up now, cover your head with salvation, the helmet,
Wear the breast plate of righteousness; buckle truth, the belt,
Take the shield of your faith; word of God the sword of the spirit,
And march on to victory, with Gospel of peace, fastened to your feet.
The lightest armor, but the one that is stronger,
The most wonderful defense for spiritual warfare,
That keeps you safe and drives the devil afar,
And makes you and heaven happiest of all.
Author – C. Samuel Gift (Bethel Seniors Fellowship, Bethel AG Church, Bengaluru)
(Based on Ephesians 6:13-18)
“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live.” Ps. 104:33