“But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” Psalm 3:3
How much wrestling have you dealt with in life? How many in just this week alone? In the heaviness, in the heart, our God stands as the One who lifts our head:
“When confidence in others is fleeting,
And friends cannot be found.
It is God who restores,
And lifts my countenance from the ground.
Running, exhausted, weary, and worn.
With His salve of love,
He heals this heart
That was torn.
He takes the troubles,
As if they didn’t exist,
Encourages us in Him,
And our hearts, He lifts.
No more to feel like
I’m fighting alone.
God has lifted my head
And, called me His own.”
Friend, when troubles find their way into your life, remember Your heavenly Father is He who fights with you and for you. David found himself in opposition often. Some were of his own doing, and some were from others who pursued him with unrighteousness. But in his heart, he never failed to keep believing in God, to keep his confidence and praise in the One who not only saw his sin and his circumstances – but God was also He who held his life in His hands.
A praise was never far from his lips. Even when he was down, he knew in whom he believed. He knew that in everything, God is the one who can restore and exalt. God is the one who can return a smile to his face and gladness to his heart. God is He who can bring a victory in the midst of a mess therefore, David kept his hope in the one and only true living God who can carry him and lift him during the hard times of life.
Friend, I pray that you will find your solace in God today. May a praise be on your lips for the God who can save.
“I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.” Psalm 9:1
“And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.” Psalm 27:6
Your biggest source of encouragement is found in God alone!
When you look back over your life and the paths you have traveled, do you see God’s hands in the steps you have taken? Do you see how He has held you? How He has raised you? How He has saved you?
Do you see the times when the way was confusing, and darkness covered the way? Do you see the mess-ups, the missteps, and the stumbling? Do you see how He brought you back, dusted you off, and made you new from the inside out?
Do you see how He never gave up on you?
In all of that, did you realize your preciousness to Him?
Did you understand the high price He offered for you? Did you see His love for the pure delight in you that it is?
Father God, You are our praise! Our worship for You! You are the reason we rejoice today. You are the reason we are here.
You are the One who has blessed us. You are the One who has forgiven us. You are the One who has redeemed us. You are the One who has kept us day by day.
Our praise is of You!
You are our portion, our God, our King, and our Heavenly Father! It is Your name we glorify. It is You in whom we boast. It is Your holy name that we praise! “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name,” (Psalm 103:1).
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” Colossians 1:9
Although we may live in an age where information abounds, we also, in this time, live with more misinformation than ever before. And through the various sources afforded to spread thoughts, ideas, information, and misinformation, the disease of misinformation not only spreads far and wide-reaching beyond unprecedented bounds, but it also spreads rapidly like a devouring fire bent on the destruction of all in its path.
When the Apostle Paul learned of the faith of those in Colosse (1:4), his immediate and urgent response was to pray that they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will “in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”
God’s will, God’s Word, forever, will always be the right path to walk in one’s life. But there will always be dangerous detractors that will try to pull people from God’s will and His Word. But a heart of understanding will see the light in God’s Word and let it illuminate the pathway for fulfilling His will in their life.
While in prison in Rome, Paul, knowing the tender faith of these converts, did not want them to be imprisoned by false ways and false doctrines, by a stream of misinformation that would threaten to derail them from the truth they found in Christ Jesus.
Today, we need to, as the Apostle Paul did, prioritize praying for wisdom and spiritual understanding. The same threats that sought to derail those in Colosse from their faith are the same threats that can do the same today – misinformation.
I would urge you to not only pray for genuine wisdom and spiritual understanding but to safeguard your own heart and faith against anything false, trying to infiltrate what you believe.
Take a proactive approach in minding what comes into you. Many are careful to watch what goes into their bodies but neglect the same due diligence to their souls.
Another thing you must do is compare. I know – there is so much taught to us about not comparing, but this is one thing you should compare. Take what you hear and see and compare it to the Word of God. The Word of God is always going to be right, and therefore, it will always be the proper compass to navigate your life by.
Lastly, watch who you listen to. With the availability of social media and the various platforms for one to express their views, make sure what you are taking in is from good, solid Bible teachers and resources.
What we understand about our faith, the world, and the times we are living in needs to be viewed through the lens of godly and holy wisdom and spiritual understanding.
Do not neglect the study of His Word to gain the richest understanding of all. And do not neglect to pray for His wisdom and spiritual understanding to direct you in His holy will and truth.
Father God, it is Your truth we need in our lives every day and in every way.
” . . .let God be true, but every man a liar . . .” (Romans 3:4)
There has been such a burden on my heart for the saints of God lately. The body of Christ needs our prayers. Not that He, Christ, has lost any power, but the children of God need one another to lift them in prayer.
So much has been happening in our world, and I see so many who are dealing with confusion, and it seems to be upsetting their personal worlds in a way that is hard for them to comprehend. It is times like these when it is easy to lose focus on what really matters and to center ourselves in our faith, and what, and in whom, we believe.
Times like these can raise many questions in a heart, swaying them with insecurity and doubt therefore, we, as brothers and sisters in Christ, need to watch out for our family – watch out for the family of God. We need to see their concerns and empathize. We need to see their struggles and offer help if we can. We need to understand (as best as we can) where they are coming from and encourage them in their journey forward.
The community of Christ needs one another. This is not something we engage in as a one-time practice. The Bible teaches us to “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). As we walk through our day, we will likely face many people. And, these people may be facing many things, challenges, and worries (including the saints). What a difference it would make in their day to feel the comfort of fellowship holding up their arms in the fight as Aaron and Hur held up the arms of Moses (Exodus 17:12). Victories can be won in lives when they are encouraged through the right means.
We have all dealt with challenges. We have all faced overwhelming circumstances and, the right word, from the right person who was caring at the right time, made all the difference.
Even if we cannot come alongside someone physically; friend, we can lift and list their name and situation in sincere prayer, and with genuine, heartfelt concern, to the Lord. If the thought of a person drops in your heart today, do not hesitate to ask God to help them in the areas that are hard to figure out. Ask God to reach into the crevices of their heart and speak peace as only He can. If you see someone ready to crash under the weight of it all, ask God to intervene supernaturally to keep them from any seen or unseen danger or destruction.
We are so vitally important to one another. We are not designed to go about this life alone. “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another…” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). The care and concern we show for one another speak highly of the care and concern we have for Christ and His body (see Matthew 25:40).
We all want to make it on this journey. And our concern for souls should compel us to be concerned for others, that they make it too. As you are in prayer and listing your personal petitions to the Lord, take the time to list and lift the saints of God, as a whole and individually, in your prayer as well. May God bless His church with added strength, grace, and encouragement, in the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN!
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
(2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself. . .”
Father God, thank You that we do not fight the battles of this life alone. Thank You for being our advocate through every trial and every season. “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:14
What is Jesus speaking to your heart today? Listen, for the words He speaks they are spirit and they are life. “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63
Life gives us two options: stop where we are now and walk away or keep moving forward until one’s destination is reached. Giving up is not an option. The perseverance of our Christian journey is more than obtaining worldly goals, success, and the like. It’s a continual press onward and upward toward the kingdom of God. Heaven is our destination, and although it may be hard at times, we must keep pressing forth until we are where Jesus is.