Hold Your Head High
Although there are “downers” in this life, there are also “lifters”. In Psalm 3:1-3, the psalmist says that despite his distressing situation, he is not despairing or becoming depressed because his confidence in in the Lord, the lifter of his head.
A psalm of David, regarding the time David fled from his son Absalom.
O LORD, I have so many enemies;
so many are against me.
So many are saying,
“God will never rescue him! “Interlude
But you, O LORD, are a shield around me;
you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
Psalm 3:1-3 (NLT)
When we are depressed, it seems everything around us is falling apart. We lose strength; our heads and hands and hearts all begin to hang down. Even our eyes and our voices are lowered. We become downcast because we are looking at our problems rather than at the Lord.
No matter what is causing us to be downcast, the Lord encourages us throughout His Word to lift our heads and our hands and look to Him.
These instructions are good for us to remember today. When people disappoint us, God wants us, instead of becoming discouraged and depressed, to decide to lift up our heads and eyes and look at the possibilities, not the problems, around us, trusting Him to lead us into an even better situation – because He has one for us.
We may be tempted to say, “Oh what’s the use?” and just give up rather than moving in a new direction as Abraham did, but the Lord is constantly exhorting us to lift up our eyes and heads and hearts to take inventory of our blessings and not our problems. God encourages us to look at Him because He has plans to bless and increase us abundantly.
No matter how your life has turned out to this point, you have only two options.
- One is to give up and quit;
- The other is to keep going.
If you decide to keep going, again you have only two choices.
- One is to live in constant depression and misery;
- The other is to live in hope and joy.
Choosing to live in hope and joy does not mean you will not face any more disappointments or discouraging situations; it just means you have decided not to let them get you down. Instead, you will lift up your eyes and hands and head and heart and look not at your problems, but at the Lord, Who has promised to see you through to abundance and victory.
Father, I know that You are faithful. You do not leave me at the mercy of others. You are a shield for me, my glory and the lifter of my head.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
When many rise against me to trouble me saying, “There is no help for him/her in God,” I will not throw down my faith. My heavenly Father is faithful. He is my shield against all trouble and persecution. He lifts my head in honor and covers me with His glory as a testimony to all of my enemies.