“O Lord, I say to you, “You are my God.” Hear, O Lord, my cry for mercy. O Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, who shields my head in the day of battle…”Psalm 140: 6-7
In the movie Raising Arizona, Edwina cautions her husband to hold their new baby gently, reminding him to “mind his little fontanel.” After having three of my own children, I completely agree. That little spot on an infant’s head that hasn’t fully developed must be carefully protected. Unfortunately, as children grow they are not nearly as concerned with protecting their heads, or any other body part for that matter, constantly climbing, jumping, and wrestling. Adults aren’t any better. Helmets have been invented precisely because we enjoy engaging in dangerous activities, but at least we recognize that our heads must be protected. Head injuries are dangerous because they have the potential to affect so many aspects of our being like vision, hearing, speaking, and thinking.
The psalmist recognized this as well and thanked God for shielding his “head in the day of battle.” While the psalmist probably meant this literally, I believe we can apply it metaphorically too. Often, we are embroiled in mental battles. Worry, stress, anger, and fear assail us in the battlefield of our mind. We fret over petty grievances. We allow our negative thoughts to poison our actions and words. But when we allow the Lord to be the focus of our meditation, He “shields us” from those thoughts which cause pain and harm. He recognizes our vulnerability and protects us. He hears our prayer for mercy and delivers us.