But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. Psalm 3:3
I admit there are days I really do not want to turn on the TV, or hear anymore bad news- no tsunamis, no earthquakes, no wrecks, child abductions gone awry or stormy economic forecasts. I want to be an ostrich and bury my head in my own sand-pile, thank you. Dealing with my little world and my problems, and those of my friends and family, is more than enough to keep my head spinning. What can I do to “save the world” anyway? It is out of control and out of my reach. Ever feel that way, too?
Then comes the Omnipotent tap on my heart. “Have faith. Believe I am with you. I said I’d be with you always until the end of the age. Nothing will happen to you or anyone else today that I do not already know about.” My shield.
“Pray for yourself, for others, for your country and the world. It is what I have called you to do. Ask. knock, receive. . . and trust that I am in control.” My glory.
” How can you serve me when you bury your head? Besides, it leaves the rest of you exposed and vulnerable. I have a better way. See the world through me, through the lens of belief. I am the Truth and the Light.” The lifter of my head.
Christ is my shield to protect me if I believe all things come from His Sovereignty and whatever happens, He is there with me to guide me, strengthen me and battle for me – and you – if we turn to Him. He is my glory, because His plans are greater than those of this world. I must put my trust in Him. I let Him lift up my head, so I can see His hand in my life and those thousands of miles away. I see what is happening through His perspective and can offer the most powerful help of all- prayer. Now I can view things going on in this world without feeling afraid or overwhelmed – for a while until my focus returns to once again to myself.