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He Lifts Our Heads
Life can sometimes get too much. Have you ever watched someone who is walking around carrying a burden? Oftentimes it is written all over their faces and eventually their heads begin to drop. There are many reasons why our heads would drop. Our heads may drop in shame, distress, stress, despondency and despair. But God wants to step into our lives and lift our heads so that we can see Him and He can give us new hope.
God wants to lift our heads
Psalm 3:3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. (NIV)
God wants to be a shield around our lives. God wants to lift up our heads. When life gets too much we may drop our heads. But God wants to step into our lives and lift up our heads.
I just see this great picture of the great God reaching to us and placing his hand under our chins and gently lifting our heads and reminding us that everything will be all right.
Seasons of challenge
We all face seasons of challenge and difficulty from time to time. I have even seen those who one would expect have everything, face these things. There are many reasons why we get to this point.
It just so happens that we can find ourselves in difficulty and challenge from time to time. But God wants to lift us up and out of these situations as well. He wants to lift our heads in the process.
Psalm 40:2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Psalm 3:3 But Lord, you are my shield, my glory, and my only hope. You alone can lift my head, now bowed in shame. (Living Bible)
The God of the impossible
You may feel that your situation or circumstances are far too serious and that not even God could change the things that you are facing. This happens when we lose vision or lose sight of God in our lives.
There is nothing too hard for God. There is no situation, circumstance or dilemma that He cannot overcome. God wants to do the impossible in the process of lifting our heads.
Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Psalm 3:3 But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. (NKJV)
How low can you go?
It seems like the lower we may go the more God is interested in lifting us up. We can never get to the point where we have sunken below the point where God can reach us. God always wants to reach out and lift us up.
Jonah 2:5-7 I sank beneath the waves, and death was very near. The waters closed above me; the seaweed wrapped itself around my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains that rise from the ocean floor. I was locked out of life and imprisoned in the land of death. But, O Lord my God, you have snatched me from the yawning jaws of death! When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the Lord.
Jonah was a man who had run away from God and ended up in the belly of a big fish in the depths of the ocean. Yet even there God was ready to lift him up and use him.
When we turn to God
It is as we turn to God that He can begin to lift us and lift up our heads. When Jonah got to that point and turned to God, God stepped back into the picture and began to turn his circumstances around.
Jonah 2:7 When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the Lord.
Don’t miss this opportunity. If you feel like the pressures of life are drowning you, turn to God. Run to Him and expect that as you do so He in turn will lift your head.
Psalm 91:15-16 When he calls on me, I will answer; I will be with him in trouble and rescue him and honor him. I will satisfy him with a full life and give him my salvation.”
God lifts us up
God is the One who is truly in the position to lift us up. When God lifts us up it will become obvious to others that He has done just that.
1 Samuel 2:7 The LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up.
Psalm 75:7 But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.
I believe that the desire in God’s heart for each of us is that we would follow him and love Him and in return He would lift us up. God is not looking for reason to pull us down; He is looking for reason to lift us up.
Lifting up our faces
There was a song that we used to sing some years ago: ‘Lift your vision high’. I believe that this is what we need to do. If we will begin to lift our faces and look towards God, I believe that He will begin to lift us up.
Job 22:26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God.
Song of Solomon 2:6 His left hand is under my head and with his right hand he embraces me.
Psalm 24:7 Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors that the King of glory may come in.
ASKING GOD TO LIFT UP OUR HEADS
I believe that we can ask God to lift us up. You may feel that you have gone as low as you can go. Then I believe it is time to ask God to lift you up.
Psalm 9:13 O LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death.
Let’s begin to trust God to do this. Psalm 25:1-2 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.
2 I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.