The Lifter Of My Head

In the Bible we hear David in Psalm 3:3, “But You O’ Lord you are a shield around me, my glory and the lifter of my head.”

King David wrote this Psalm during one of his darkest seasons of his life. It is a prayer to God to deliver him from his many enemies. If you know anything about David’s history, then you know his ascent to the throne of Israel was filled with difficulty. However, the Lord fulfilled His promise to him.

Many years later David’s adult son, Absalom, wanted his father’s crown and mounts a rebellion to assassinate him. Betrayed and heartbroken by his son’s actions David is forced to flee Jerusalem, the City of David. This Psalm is a plea for the Lord to save him from the rebellious army.

But, what lesson should we learn in this Psalm? We can learn how to face dark season of our own lives by studying Scripture. David is quite the example for believers today to help us trust in the Lord with all our hearts,

Let’s break down this scripture word by word.

“But You, O’ Lord”

Immediately David tells us where his confidence is. When I read this it causes me to ask if my life is that centered on the Lord the way it should be. Is my confidence solely in God and his ability to work situations out in my life?l

Ask yourself these questions:

Where is your confidence? A good way we can test this is to notice when we pray to the Lord for His help and strength. Is God someone you have a daily dependency on? Do you feel that you need God every day? I’ve heard people say that God is just a crutch for week people.

Well, I would not call my relationship with God a crutch. I have learned to accept my weaknesses and will gladly confess how frail and feeble I am sometimes. But rather than saying God is a crutch I prefer David’s description in Psalm 18:2, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn to my salvation, my stronghold.”

Are A Shield Around Me

Notice where David says in verse 1, O” Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising up against me.” Absalom had created an entire army against his father. Overwhelmed, David cries out to the Lord as he calculates how many are against him.

There are many times we feel this way, we know the sharp pain of betrayal. Rather that focusing on his enemies, David instead focuses on God after saying “But You, O’ Lord, he then reminds God the He is a shield around him.

What an interesting way to pray. David wad a man of war. He was well acquainted with the battle field. He describes God’s protection as a shield.

Shields were very large in ancient warfare. They were made of solid wood, typically weighing 40 pounds. They were the size of doors and strapped in leather. Some shields were so large men could hide underneath them. What a incredible metaphor for God’s protection.

Have you ever realized that we face a far stronger enemy that Absalom? Our enemy is far greater and far more dangerous. The Apostle Paul paints a vivid picture in Ephesians 6:11-13, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not fight against flesh and blood but against rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”

Our enemy is fierce. He is strong. But Gos promises us that He is our shield of defense. We may be surrounded by a godless culture (this present darkness), we may be bombarded by temptations, tested by trials and pressed down by an enemy whose sole objective is to steal, kill, and destroy us. But the Lord is a shield around us. He protects us from every side. Above, around, and beneath. He is our shield. But we have the choice to accept or deny this shield.

“My Glory”

What did David mean when he said “My glory?” Can you and I say the same of God? I believe we can, it was God who took David from a lowly shepherd boy to mighty King of Israel. Do you know David’s story. The Prophet Samuel came to David’s house in 1 Samuel 16. When the Prophet arrives, David’s father, Jesse lines up all his sons. David is missing because he is tending the sheep in the fields. When Samuel examines each son, he has to ask Jesse if he had any other sons. Jesse, his own father forgot about David.

David was lowly. He was humble. He was a shepherd boy. But this shepherd boy knew the Great Shepherd. The prophet asked about the youngest son, saying Send and get him, when David was there the God told the Prophet “Arise! Anoint him for this is he.” David will be the next King of Israel.

When David calls God, “My glory,” David is acknowledging that all he has comes from God is the source of any honor or glory David possess. Can you and I say the same?

Just as David glory was that God chose him to be King, our glory is that God had chosen us to be a great salvation. Hebrews 7:25 says, “Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, seeing that he lives forever make intercession for them.”

In Ephesians 1:4-5 is says, “Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should by holy and blameless before Him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ, according to His will.”

Can you see how Gods our glory because He has lifted us from the pits of sin into His kingdom? 1 Peter 2:9 is very fitting, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

“And The Lifter Of My Head”

Lastly, David calls God, “The lifter of my head.” This is one of my favorite phrases in the Bible. It is a phrase I often use when praying. Think of the sorrow David felt as his own son tried to assassinate him. Think of the shame he felt leaving his own city to flee this new army.

What is the natural position of depression and sorrow? It is to lower our head. David penned in Psalm 38:6, “I am pained and bow down greatly. I go mourning all the day.” Have you experienced this? When in your life do you remember bowing your head in despair and depression?

God is the “God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3). It is the “joy of the Lord that is your strength” ( Nehemiah 8:10). God has the ability to lift your head! He will come to your rescue. He will not fail. He will be the shield around you. And He knows how to deliver His people.

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