But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and He answered me from His holy hill. Psalm 3:3-4
Have you ever been so depressed or overcome that you can’t even lift your head? Or have you felt so attacked by troubles, people and problems that you need a shield to protect you so you can stand? Then this is good news for you to grab a hold of and to live by!
God is our shield. In Genesis 15:1 God appeared to Abraham and told him, “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” So fear not–don’t be afraid or anxious. In Psalm 5:12 David declared, “For You bless the righteous, O Lord; You cover him with favor as with a shield.” Just like Joseph, David and Daniel had God’s hand of favor on them, we can be covered with God’s favor shield as we walk obediently with Him. There are many verses that tell of the shielding benefit of God to rest on.
God is our glory. If you are absorbed in weight lifting and stare at your muscles in the mirror while you’re working out, you might say that your glory is in your strength. You take pride in how much you can lift, or in how trim or muscular that you are. Jeremiah 9:23-24 commands, “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts, boast in this, that he understand and knows Me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.” We do not glory in our smarts, our strength or our money. We glory in the love, justice and righteousness of God. In God we trust.
God is the lifter of our heads. There are those days when you can’t lift your head out of shame, depression, tiredness, or even an injury of some sort. On those days, call out to the lifter of your head to do for you what you simply cannot do. He will hear and He will act through the power of the Holy Spirit. Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Ask for His strength and His grace when you need it.
I cried aloud to the Lord, and He answered me. That’s what He does. Jeremiah 33:3 promises, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Don’t wait until you’re in trouble to pray to God, pray early and pray often!