(Reposted from 2009)
Title: “He Lifts My Head”
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 3:1-8
A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son.
1 LORD, how they have increased who trouble me!
Many are they who rise up against me.
2 Many are they who say of me,
“There is no help for him in God.” Selah
3 But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
4 I cried to the LORD with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O LORD;
Save me, O my God!
For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongs to the LORD.
Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah
On first reading this psalm it may seem to be a dichotomy. David laments his troubles, “My enemies have increased” (v.1). Yet he rejoices in the Lord’s protection and salvation (vv.7-8). Both seem to be written in the present tense. Is it that the latter is a statement of fact and the former a statement of faith? David was able to see the solution to his troubles while still in the midst of them.
At the time King David wrote Psalm 3, he was being pursued by enemies within his own kingdom and household. Yet his faith in the Lord remained great. He recognized the protection of the Lord, “…a shield for me” (v.3). Though he was king, he remained humble. Whatever honor he received, he recognized was due to the Lord, “You Lord are my glory, and the One who lifts my head” (v.3). Verse 3 also seems to be saying that, even when you are despised by men, if you remain faithful to the Lord, you can hold your head up high.
As I write this, I am personally facing a number of trials. I need to see, as David did, my help and salvation from God. I must only be obedient and faithful to the Lord, and He will bring whatever honor is due me—He will lift my head.
Lord, You are MY shield too. In You I see advancement, not defeat! I love You Lord and resolve to serve You with complete abandon. You will take care of me—of this I am assured.
Thank You Lord. Amen. -AP