Psalm 3:3 "But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head".
Life is filled with dangers, and there are so many enemies we have to face every day. As believers, we are in a war with an enemy that seeks to destroy us on every side. There are so many weapons that he uses against us. They are like fiery darts that he fires at us, and they are designed not only to injure us, but to make us burn in agony.
Probably the most painful of all attacks that we face in life are those designed to bring us down in the sight of others. Depending on our physical strength, most of us can handle physical abuse or assault and we can take a certain amount of physical pain. But it is the non-physical things that hurt the most. It is the words and attitudes of others towards us that can sometimes cripple us and make us defenseless against the attacks on our spiritual lives. And when these attacks come, they cause us to lose face. We are ridiculed and despised by others, and find that we cannot hold our heads up boldly to face the world. We want to walk around hanging our heads in shame.
But the Lord gives us this wonderful promise here. He says that He will shield us from the enemy. He will protect us from the fiery darts of the evil one. He will cause us to receive glory and honor in Him. He will praise us and lift us up, and then He will cause us to lift up our heads boldly to face the world. Because in Him there is never condemnation, only praise and glory. What a wonderful promise to lift us up from the depths of despair!
Our God is good!