Justice be our shield and defender
O God of all creation let justice be the shield and defender of our nation of Kenya.
Justice has over the years become symbolized by balanced scales. Balanced scales cannot occur in space, they must be held by an object. In regards to justice for any nation the constitution of that nation is one of those tenets (objects) that help hold up the balanced scales of justice. But higher than the constitution of a nation is God, the creator of all. He alone can firmly hold balanced the scales of justice on any nation and people. How? You might ask. By influencing the hearts and minds of the people therein and transforming them as they continuously yield to Him.
The third line of the Kenyan National Anthem continues the prayer to the God of all creation and the request is that may justice be our shield and defender. If you look at a shield, battle shields (not the ornamental kind of shields ??), you will notice the defense and protective aspects of it. A shield is used by a warrior to defend self under attack, as well protect self from attack. Justice, is both a defender and protector from attacks on human rights, morals, freedom of worship, from bad governance and everything else contained in our constitution. So when we ask God of all creator to let justice be our shield and defender, we are in essence submitting under His Sovereignty as the standard of justice and the ultimate judge of all men.
O God of all creation let justice be our shield and defender. Father, if there is an area we have erred it is in the area of justice. We stand condemned by your Holy Word You who hates unjust scales. Have mercy on us Father, forgive this land of the sin of injustice and all the consequences of it. Have mercy on us Father, and let justice be our shield and defender. In Jesus Name, Amen!