“But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head” (Psalm 3:3).
This morning, as my computer started up in preparation for my quiet time, I was greeted by this picture on my “prayer wall”. Immediately to my heart came prayer for my God to be the lifter of my head, which led me to look up the verse containing the phrase as quoted above. Led to read the eight verse chapter, what a “wow!” of a “Selah” moment greeted me when verse two caught my attention as if truly seeing it for the first time.
“Many are saying of my soul, ‘There is no deliverance for him in God.’ Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” (Amplified Bible)
“No deliverance for him IN GOD!” Really. Excuse me. Is anything too difficult for GOD?
In that instant my head lifted up to look at my God as He began the process of bringing to the light situations and circumstances that have me feeling “there is no help.” God’s enemy—Satan—and ours—fleshly, worldly and demonic wisdom—loves to whisper in our vulnerable ears, “There is no help for you” with the “in God” implied. These enemies love to convince us that our God is impotent and we have no real hope in the earth. But is that truth?
In my “Selah wow!” moment, I realized that I have fallen to discouragement, helplessness and hopelessness in several situations. In that instant, many questions come to mind that I must ask myself as I consider this state of mind:
Am I truly trusting God to be God in my situations; trusting Him to work through them for my good and the good of others involved and for His glory?
Am I in sin that is hindering His hand? Or is there sin in the life of others involved that is the obstacle?
Is there a life lesson that God is trying to teach me as His child that I am not getting and giving myself to receive?
As the answer to these questions comes, how can I better pray over each difficulty?
Am I praying and standing firm of faith with earnest expectation and hope?
What promises has God given me specific to the situation that I can stand on as a broad place of security in my waiting time?
My head is lifted up today as I remember that nothing is impossible with God. I just need to make sure I am standing with Him and not against Him, and that I am trusting His hand to do a work that is beyond belief.
Father, “Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” In Jesus, show us Your glory. AMEN! (vs. 8)