We are taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and offer these daily devotionals from the Book of Psalms in the interim. Each day, please read the chapter referenced, focusing on the verses provided below. We will resume our study of Mark next week.
The Lord Helps His Troubled People
1Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. 2Many are they who say of me. There is no help for him in God.” 3But You ,O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. Psalm 3:1-3
Do you ever sense that you are surrounded by trouble as well as enemies? The Psalmist often reminds us of his despair; it is in these times that he also reminds us that his help does not come from the north, south, east or west. His help comes from the Lord!
The Lord is “. . . the One who lifts up my head.” (v. 3). Sin and bad choices can cause us to drag our heads in disappointment, shame, guilt, and fear. We are like the person on the nightly news who’s been exposed for a particular crime and does all he can to cover his face from the camera’s view. However, to God be the glory, He can lift our heads!
In the country of Kenya, in East Africa, the children always approach their elders with lowered heads. It is not until the elder recognizes the child by the touch of his hand on the young one’s head that the child looks up. God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, has the power to touch us and lift our heads in order that we may once again walk with a humble heart before Him, as a result of His abounding mercy and glorious grace.
If your decisions have you looking more at the dirt from which He brought you than at the Savior with whom He bought you, ask for His touch of mercy and grace, and experience the sunlight of His love with lifted head.
In this New Year look to the Savior, and experience His love and grace.