Lifting My Head

I’m learning how to pray through the Psalms. The idea is to read through one verse or sentence at a time, and pray about whatever comes to mind from reading that section. Tonight was the first time I had tried it, and it was really good. I felt like my prayer was deeper and more intimate than it usually is.

While reading through Psalms 1-5, there was one verse that stuck out to me that never has before.

Psalms 3:3 “But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.”

I’m going to be meditating on this verse for the next few days because all of it is just so good, but it was the last part that really struck me tonight – you are the lifter of my head.

It’s the most beautiful image, isn’t it? God – the creator or everything – being the lifter of my head. When I am sad or afraid or ashamed, He comes to me like the good Father that He is, puts His hand on my chin and lifts my head.

He is the One who comes to me and reminds me who I am. He lifts my head and looks me in the eyes. He empowers me and speaks truth to me.

I just keep replaying that image in my head…

Thank you, Papa, that you lift my head when I don’t feel worthy and when I don’t have the strength to do it myself. You are only good.

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