But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.Psalm 3:3 (NIV)
I love the picture this verse gives! 🙂
God is our shield; He protects us, keeps us safe. When Satan attacks, when storms arise, when hard times come, we don’t have to fear–God is right there, shielding us.
And–even more amazing and wonderful–God is the One who lifts up our heads.
When we’re sad or ashamed, when we’re losing hope and giving up, He reaches down and lifts our chins. He fills us with hope and strength, and encourages us to keep going.
When I think about that, I imagine God reaching down to His child, lifting up their head so they’re looking at Him, and saying, “I’m here; you’re forgiven and you’re Mine. I love you!” or whatever they need to hear at the time.
Maybe you’re feeling down.
Maybe you’re getting tired.
Maybe Satan’s really attacking you and you’re starting to give in.
Maybe the doubts and lies are screaming in your head and you’re beginning to believe them.
Maybe you’re scared, confused, unsure where to go or what to do.
Maybe the fire’s dying and you’re falling away from God.
Maybe the storm is raging all around and you wonder if God is really there or really cares.
Maybe you’ve fallen and are feeling ashamed.
Whatever you’re going through right now–even if life’s going good for you–remember: God is right beside you. He’ll listen whenever you want to talk; He knows exactly what you’re feeling and He understands. And He’s raising your chin, reminding you to look up–at Him.
God is the lifter of our heads.