Last year I saw the movie “Risen.” In one point of the movie every man had shields in front of their bodies—then they moved them to above their heads, and it was like an overhead wall covering the entire army. Amazingly, the army in the back, used those shields to run up to the front line. Yes! They ran on top of the shields that were on top of the men’s heads. It was very cool seeing the many ways the shield is used.
Now, with that visual, reflect on this: God is our shield in emotional and spiritual battles. Verse three says, “He lifts my head.” When we are disappointed, discouraged, or sad, we can picture God lifting our heads. Imagine Him smiling as He does this. He loves us so dearly. He is so compassionate and full of mercy. His smile says He accepts us as we are.
There is great hope when we cry to God. He hears our every whimper and sees every tear. Jeremiah 33:3 tells us, Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you do not know. Why don’t we do this more often? Why do we run to other people first? Why do we choose to privately grieve for days without going to God?
Today we can be assured that God is our protection, He hears us when we cry, and He answers. Today, we can make David’s prayer our prayer. Surrender the sin of independence, and humbly run to God. God says He will “lift our heads.”
David’s prayer starts out in conflict, then goes into confidence, then celebration. This is a great model for us because we all experience conflict at some time or another. In confidence take your conflicts to God. He will help you and restore you. Now that is cause for celebration!
- What or who is coming against you?
- In what ways do you need God to put His shield around you?
- Is your head bowed low? Tell God about your sadness and ask Him to lift your head.
- Read and reflect on Psalm 3
Debbie is a published author, national speaker and workshop presenter, and a partner with the Polished Conference Ministries L.L.C. She facilitates an online Bible study page on Facebook, teaches Bible study in her church, and blogs at Shining Together! Debbie has written Shine! Radiating the Love of God, a Bible study designed exclusively for young women ages 13-18. Additionally, she has articles in the Divine Moments series, and is a monthly contributor to Refined Magazine. All books are available at grace-publishing.com. She would love to speak at your next women’s event, teen event, or at the college where she brings an inspirational message to teachers in training called, “A Christian Perspective for an Inspirational Classroom.” Debbie is married and has three adult children. She travels from Asheville, NC. Visit her website at www.debbiepresnell.com, email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShineEveryDayNC.