‘But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.’ Psalm 3.3
This beautiful statement is set in the context of taunts from the writer’s enemies. King David’s own son had rebelled against him and was plotting to seize his throne and in addition many of his countrymen had deserted him and joined his son’s side. Evidently this was a time of some considerable anxiety and I suspect that David was probably looking back over his life, wondering where it had all gone wrong and what he might have done to contribute to the mess.
In the midst of all this, and against the backdrop of the taunts of his enemies, David chose to focus on God as his shield and the one who lifts up his head. It would have been so easy to look at the negative, but David chose to look at who God is and what he could do for him. We all face battles of different kinds; ill health, difficult and challenging situations in life or the darkness of our fears and inner thoughts. You may not feel that your battles are of the same nature as those faced by David but you certainly have the same choice that he had – what are you going to look at?
Are you going to focus on what is on your mind, or will you lift your vision and look at the wonder of God and what he can do for you?
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission