january 30th - lifter of my head
But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Psalms 3:3-4 (NKJV)
In his epic poem, "The Rainy Day," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow beautifully speaks of an experience that all people have in common: "Be still, sad heart! and cease repining; behind the clouds is the sun still shining; thy fate is the common fate of all, into each life some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary." Now let me plainly state what our poet artfully expressed: Everyone who spends anytime on our small little enterprise called "earth" will have experiences that cause emotional pain. Sometimes life is a deluge and we are simply overwhelmed by the circumstances thereof. The flood is sweeping us away and we are grasping and striving for survival.
King David had experienced such a deluge in his life. His son, Absalom, was leading a coup to overthrow David's rule and was trying to kill David in the process. His son was trying to kill him...talk about dark and dreary days. David was desperate and overwhelmed by grief and despair. Is it possible to face circumstances that are more painful than death? Could the depth of a tragedy twist and tear at the heart with such emotional tenacity that death would be welcomed? Could the crushing weight of circumstances simply be too great to bear?
Christians are not exempt from such trauma. We experience life with all of its twists and turns; However, we are never alone... God, the lifter of our head is with us. God, our shelter
in times of trouble is with us. God, the source of our hope is with us. Believe it...we are not lone.
No-one is completely immune from the challenges of life. Jesus was right--you need to build on THE ROCK, because the storms of life will come and test the foundation upon which your life is established. I went through such a test, a dark time, and the Lord was with me. He was the light in the darkness. He was my hope in my time of hopelessness. He proved Himself to be all the things the Bible proclaims Him to be. He was and is, my hope, my refuge, my rock, my strong tower, my shield--and ultimately, the lifter of my head.
Author's Note: In general terms, I am an optimist. I trust in God and from the time I was a small child I have had a sense of well-being, knowing that God was with me. I will also state that I have had a good life with very little trauma, and yet, I have experienced the pain of loss, reversals and disappointments. Through it all, the Lord has been a constant voice of encouragement. He indeed hears my cry. He indeed is the lifter of my head. RJD