But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. – (Psalm 3:3, NIV)
But You, Lord, protect me. You bring me honor; You give me hope. – (Psalm 3:3, ERV)
But You, God, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, You lift my head high. – (Psalm 3:3, MSG)
God is our hope, our help and our place of protection in all things and at all times. When feeling low or unsure of where to go, He will direct our steps and lift our head high in His hope. The Lord is faithful in all things – great and small, and cares about all. On Saturday afternoon, my husband’s back went out. He stretched and iced, used heat, and did all of the things that he knows to do to best to help his body. Unfortunately, in the wee hours of Sunday morning, it was clear that those things, along with much prayer, were not the solution this time. In the past, what has helped the most, has been chiropractic care, as misalignment has been the culprit causing bulging discs to place pressure on sensitive spinal nerves. While he searched online for a possible office that would be open on a Sunday, I prayed for a solution. A long-time friend, who happens to be a chiropractor in Seattle, came to mind. I sent her a message, asking if she knew anyone in our area that might be open on a Sunday (as I did not want to ask her to work on her one day off). She sent a name that might respond to a message if we left one, but said she would be in her office and would be happy to see him. Seriously?! A few hours later, we were on our way. Treatment provided rapid relief, and he happens to have this week off from work. God is good and my Viking can rest and recover, rather than further aggravate the injury. May we trust God to be a shield about us, as He lifts our head and grants us hope.
No matter what comes,
The Lord will be near;
A shield about us,
We need never fear.
For He is our hope,
Throughout all our days;
Our glorious God,
He’s faithful always.
He’ll lift our head up,
When things all look down;
And remind our heart,
Where true hope is found.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are a shield about us. Thank You that You lift us up and provide hope in difficult spaces. Thank You that You care about all things – great and small. Forgive us for neglecting to turn to You in our need. Teach us to trust You more, as You are our hope and help Whom we can trust forever. Show us how to love those around us in ways that make Your goodness tangible. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we give You praise for Your protection and provision, as You are the hope to which we can cling. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
So we will wait for the Lord. He helps us and protects us. – Psalm 33:20