But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. ~Psalm 3:3
In these turbulent, uncertain times we can become distracted and distressed at what we see and what we hear.
We hear of the wicked prospering and lies believed. We hear of economic woes that may already be affecting some of us and leading you to fret.
I will encourage you not to fret. And as a wife, mother, and grandmother I know this is easy to say and not so easy to do. But we do not have to. We are not strong enough to turn off our fretting, but our Lord is, and He will give you peace, even among all of the turmoil that we are experiencing. He has promised to lift our heads, and they shall not be down cast any longer.
Our Lord grows and strengthens our faith through our trials. And can we agree that 2020 has brought so many trials? These are meant, like the refiner’s fire, to burn away all that is not pure.
This world is not our home. These trials are daily reminding us of this precious truth. Our home is with the Lord. Our work for the Kingdom of God is here on this earth. We must not forget that our lives are His.
If our minds are set on heaven, then our lives on this earth with glow from that truth to which we look forward every day. The more we cling to this world, the harder we fret. The more we cling to Christ the more we rest. We all want to rest; we want to be encouraged these days.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Psalm 3:3:
3:1-3 An active believer, the more he is beaten off from God, either by the rebukes of providence, or the reproaches of enemies, the faster hold he will take, and the closer will he cleave to him. A child of God startles at the very thought of despairing of help in God. See what God is to his people, what he will be, what they have found him, what David found in him. 1. Safety; a shield for me; which denotes the advantage of that protection.
2. Honour; those whom God owns for his, have true honour put upon them.
3. Joy and deliverance. If, in the worst of times, God’s people can lift up their heads with joy, knowing that all shall work for good to them, they will own God as giving them both cause and hearts to rejoice.
Where is our hope? In this world? No. This world is passing away, we know that. Our hope is in the Lord. He is the lifter of our head. He gives us hope, even when we see or hear of no hope in this world.
Extracting us from this world is often a painful process, but it is necessary for a child of God. Our hope is not here but there, with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All of our hope is in God.
As you travel these uncertain times, remember that God knows, and He knows the beginning to the end. His will will be done. In spite of men and their devices, we can rest in Him. Look to Him. Read his Word and pray for Him to give you peace, that you can be like the Proverbs 31 woman that looks at the future and laughs. She laughs with confident wisdom.
Let us be faithful to pray. Pray often. Read Scripture. Pray. Pray. Pray. This is where we take our praise, thanksgivings, battles, and fears. Give them to Him. He is a merciful and kind Master.