Psalm 3:3 (NIV) But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
Shackled by a heavy burden, ‘Neath a load of guilt and shame. Then the hand of Jesus touched me, and now I am no longer the same. (He Touched Me – Gaither Vocal Band)
Each morning I attempt to do three sets of squats. With each bend of the knee, I keep my face forward and eyes straight ahead. I have made the mistake of looking at the ground from time to time. I find that when I do I begin to lose my balance as the weight of my body pulls me forward. Over time, I have learned that when I begin to struggle toward the end of the set that I must look up higher to continue. This morning, I was praying as I continued for the strength to finish and discipline not to quit as my head began to look downward again. I felt a tug of the Holy Spirit and as if Jesus put His Beautiful Nail-Scarred Hand on my sweaty chin and gently lifted my head into position.
Each of us carry a burden of heaviness. Maybe it’s the weight of sin, pain of infirmity, or an overall feeling of living a purposeless life. I believe that as the routine of life carries us along our head grows heavy full of regret, shame and disappoint due to unresolved issues of the heart caused by fear, worry, anxiety and all products of doubt. Jesus is so patient. He’s so lovingly attentive and kind. He waits for us to submit to the heaviness and rushes in to oh so graciously lift our head. Is your heart heavy? Have your eyes fallen to the ground rather than remaining fixed on our Savior? It happens. Life is hard. The enemy relentlessly tearing away at our confidence in Christ looking for open doors and windows to enter our home and our heart. Friend, Jesus will be the One who lifts your head today.
Psalm 119:28 (NIV) My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
Isaiah 61:3 is an invitation to make an exchange with Christ today. To give Him that thing which makes our soul weary. To release the spirit of despair or heaviness and He will give us a garment of praise. Your situation and circumstance might not change immediately. Transformation takes time. But when you decide to allow Jesus to strengthen you and to lift your weary head – it allows Him to touch your soul. He will answer your cries to Him. Rushing in to comfort and care for you. You will lie down and sleep in perfect peace because the Lord will sustain you through faith and confidence in His Great Love. You can trust Him. You can live fearlessly with boldness knowing that Lord is with you. Isn’t it wonderful to know that when our soul is to weary to look up that our Lord will be the Lifter of our head!
Psalm 3:4-6 (NIV) I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.