August 4, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 8:16 am

Psalm 3:3  But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.

Another one of those great Bible ‘buts’ that’s worth looking at.  David was making this statement when Absalom, his own son, was in open rebellion against him.  Not just his own son – his own son who he had mourned and wept for when he committed murder and ran away, his son who he forgave and brought back to the heart of his kingdom.  This son repaid David’s love with complete contempt.  He crowned himself king, drove David out of Jerusalem, slept with all his concubines and went to war against him.

I’m not sure what David felt at this time but there can’t have been many positive emotions running through him.  Fear, rejection, shame, humiliation, anger, despair, rage, disappointment: just a few of a long list of negative feelings that would seem to be valid in this situation.


David knew from hard experience that You are God in the darkest times.  He had experienced Your protection and Your power to turn hopeless situations around for good. He chose to focus on the one sure and positive thing left in his life.  He sang out to You, his shield, who blocks the blows of the enemy.  He called out to the One who could lift his head up when everything else would naturally drag it down.

Lord give me a clear memory and a positive view forward.  Help me to remember Your faithfulness in the past and hold on to it in the present.


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