“But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.”

Psalm 3:3

As I read this verse today, I began to ruminate on God being the lifter up of my head. On Google Images, I searched the words, “head down”. I wrote the impressions that came to my mind with each image: grief, shame, depression, weariness, despair, loneliness, discouragement, disappointment, guilt, fear, frustration, isolation, overwhelming stress, heartache, and pain. Then I searched the phrase, “look up”. In these images, I saw: comfort, optimism, hope, joy, looking for possibilities, inspiration, confidence, resolve, bravery, dawning comprehension, freedom, uninhibited, wonder, laughter, thoughtfulness, awe, and freedom. Wow, what a difference between a head that is down and a head that is lifted up! Then – word nerd that I am – I checked the definition of “lift up” in the dictionary and thesaurus. I found that this verse could be translated, “God excites, exhilarates, and elates me! He perks me up, boosts my morale, cheers me, and brightens my day. He rouses, develops, improves and refines me. The Lord lifts me up, and raises my spirit!”

Amen and hallelujah! I thought of many times in life when I have been “head down,” and have gone to God in prayer; how I have felt Him gently lift my chin and say, “Debbie, look at Me.” When I look up, I look straight into eyes of Love. Looking in His eyes, I remember who I am – Whose I am – and I know it’s going to be all right. This morning, I give praise to the God who is the lifter up of my head!