By: Lisa Wilmore
Read Psalm 3
Scripture: But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and He heard me out of His Holy hill. Selah.
I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me (Psalm 3:3-5 KJV).
With each day passing rapidly, discouragement may come and change the mood of individuals who are naturally happy. In fact, things could possibly go well today, but change for the worse in mere seconds or minutes.
There are persons who communicate to others that Christians do not have reasons to “hold their heads down”. Whereas, many may look on the outside of persons’ situations and believe this theory, yet fail to understand that there are some circumstances and mishaps that will cause persons, even Christians, to have moments of “bowed down heads” and “tear stained eyes”.
However, Christians soon recognize and understand the inner joy that God gives, which smothers unhappiness and discontentment. My encouragement to all who have heads that are bowed with tears in your eyes is, “lift up your heads, God will work it out”.
With this in mind, David, in the noted text gives us a glimpse of peace, even though he was distressed and running for his life during the time his son, Absalom, sought to kill him. David knew that in the midst it all, God brings peace to a storm. In addition, he was confident in God to shield (protect) him from outside forces. Although his enemy sought to destroy him, David declares in Psalm 3 that God is his shield. He states, “You O LORD, are a shield for me. My glory and the One who lifts my head”. My friends, David reveals that God is more than his protector. He is his glory and “head-lifter”, also. He was confident that God would work it out.
What disappoinments and battles have your heads bowed? What are the things that are causing sleepless nights in your lives? Listen, David’s message to us is to lift our heads to God and trust him with it all. God will give you rest at night, even though your enemies and problems seem unbearable. After all, David prayed, laid down and slept, then, acknowledged that God had sustained (kept alive) him.
God is our strength and we must look to Him for joy and peace in times of discouragement. Trust Him and “lift up your heads. God will work it out”.