the lifter of my head

 Psalm 3:3-6

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But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
I was crying to the Lord with my voice,
And He answered me from His holy mountain. 
I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me round about.

I was so struck by these verses this morning in my time alone with God.

But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

O precious God, countless times I have felt afraid, vulnerable, naked.  I would sit or lay down, with my head bowed due to pain from what others had said about me, or to me.  But You are my shield, my protection.  And not only do You love me, but you love those who hurt me, and You teach me how to love them.

O Lord, when I am afraid, You are the one who lifts my head.  When I am hurt, you lift my eyes to heaven to see Your face and, again, you teach me how to love and pray for those who feel like enemies.

4 I was crying to the Lord with my voice,
And He answered me from His holy mountain. 

Lord, thank you that You hear our prayers, my prayers.  So much in this life is out of my control, virtually all of it  So much energy and time is wasted on trying to make things go a certain way.  But when I yield to Your Sovereign care and love; when I let go of my own ways, and trust in Yours…Peace permeates every cell of my soul.

5 I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray O Lord, my soul to keep.

Lord, thank you that you come to me in the anxious moments of the night,  In the wee hours of the morning.  When I am awakened with fear or anxiety over something, I just keep placing it in Your capable hands and eventually; Your peace and love lulls me to sleep.  Your Word says you sing songs over me in the night.  I sense this, and I am so thankful.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me round about.

Lord,  I have struggled with social anxiety for so much of my life.  But as I cease to fear man, and rest in Your love, I am set free.  Sometimes our fears have a real basis, people do hate us sometimes  But other times we have irrational fears and feelings, these are things that we make up in our futile attempts to protect ourselves.  We cannot know the heart of another, but You do.  We cannot know our own hearts, but You do.  Thank You for teaching us not to fear, but to love.

Thank You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for You, just for who You are.

I love You God, and I am so aware of how You first loved me.

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Amen and Amen

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May God's Truth prevail and Love triumph, where we have failed. Amen
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One Response to the lifter of my head

  1. Bob & Peg Councill says:

    Sooooooooo cute, we have a family – Mom and 3 bambis that we think reside in the woods next door to us.

    _____

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