Psalms 3:3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
It is not what men say that counts, it is what God says, you will rise again. After suffering the humiliation of his own son overthrowing him as King and his life in danger, some thought that this was it for David. Men say, “There was no help for him in God”. David had too much history with God to accept that as his lot. Accordingly, he highlighted in Psalms 3:3 three roles that God plays in his life that made him certain that he would rise again. The first role David mentioned was that “God was a shield for me”. His life was threatened but he was not depending on man-made devices to protect him, God was his shield. That means that for Absalom and his men to get to David they had to first get past God, which was not going to happen.
The second role that David stated was that God was “my glory”. What David was communicating was that even though he lost the Kingdom, he had not lost his honor. Man cannot take from you what is not theirs to give in the first place. David’s honor was the product of his relationship with God. Because he honored God, he was sure that God would honor him. The final role that David expected God to play in the situation was that of the lifter of his head. As the lifter of his head, God would remove his shame and cause him to rise again. God’s protection and honor would be enough for him to rise again. The story ended with Absalom being killed in the battle with David’s men and David being restored to his throne.
It is hard to find a situation worse than the one that David was in, but he rose again. God will do the same for you.
Life Application: Maintain your confidence in God despite how the situation may look by honoring Him and He will protect and honor you.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being the lifter of my head. Thank you for lifting me up during the most difficult points in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.