O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me,

many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God.

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory and the lifter of my head.

I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill.

Psalm 3: 1-4

So, every voice that is speaking to you keeps telling you how little you are capable of, how poorly you handle things, how worthless you are. So you seem to be surrounded by a vast and endless sea of angry waves with no real relief from hanging onto the perch that barely keeps your head above them. When these are your circumstances, consider the source of the attacks; when this is where life has centered, consider the focus of your gaze.

I have spent far too many wasted hours starring intently at the storm that is swirling around me while not taking the few steps into the available shelter; also. I have spent far too much energy boxing with demons when God’s protection from their futile assaults is already mine. The Lord has already placed His arms of grace and mercy around my embattled spirit, and He causes my eyes to look up into His eyes of love so that I can clearly see the real security that He alone can provide.

When David wrote these words, he was fleeing from his own son, Absalom; he knew what life’s low blows looked and felt like. David also was driven to realize that what he needed most was to look to the Lord. God was with him providing protection, shelter, comfort, and a true perspective on his worth and value. God lifts me out of the emotional and spiritual depths that Satan tries to drive me into and guides me to focus on Him and on His design and purpose for me. He puts a smile on my heart and aims my eyes on the path that He has established for me through the challenges that I am faced with this day. Christ lifts up heads, and His glory surrounds us despite everything that is happening in our lives.