God, The Lifter Of My Head

Psalm 3:8… “Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah” (KJV). This psalm tells of David’s reaction when his favorite son Absalom tries to take the throne. The story goes… When Ammon raped his half-brother Absalom’s sister, King David did nothing about this crime; he administered no punishment. Absalom was angry and avenged the wrong done to his sister. Later, Absalom rebelled against his father, and he won the heart of many of the men of Israel as he formed a conspiracy to take the throne. A battle ensued. Absalom died, hung by his own hair.

In Psalm 3, you would expect King David to be gloomy and depressed, but the opposite was true. He was not in bondage to the trouble he was in. He expected the Lord to be the “lifter up of his head.” David was completely free from fear. Many rose up against David and said, “God will not help him this time.” But David declares, “But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head” (v. 3, KJV). This verse shows David’s faith during his time of trouble. The word “trouble” as used here means “like a pebble in one’s shoe, a narrow or tight place, the crowding of an adversary, distress and anguish.” “To lift one’s head” refers to restoration to one’s former place (to rulership). In my trouble, God is the lifter of my head.

David calls upon the Lord. He used his voice, he verbalized his call, he and acknowledged that God heard him. That’s faith in action. Verse 5 says that David went to bed and slept. He was at peace, at rest. He knew that God supported him even when he slept. He said, “I will not be afraid no matter what the number of my enemies are.” In verse 7 David asks the Lord to save him, and God does it. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people” (KJV). Believe it…

There are times when we have no expectations to save ourselves. Only God can save us. God’s blessing is upon us. Are we calling upon the Lord and putting our faith in action like David did?

Pastor George Belobaba

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