“But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” (Psl. 3:3)
I would say two things make us unable to lift our heads: shame or sorrow. Like Ezra, we can be so ashamed of our sin and failures that we “blush to life up [our] face to God” (9:6); and sorrow of heart can quickly break one’s spirit, according to Proverbs 15:13. Whatever the cause, a bowed head can seem immovable.
Yet that’s exactly what God offers to do…whatever the cause. Jesus took our shame and carried our sorrows when He took our place on the Cross, and demoralized their power, when he rose from the grave. Now, with the touch of His omnipotent finger, God can reach down and lift up the heaviest of heads…and hearts. He’s the great “Lifter-upper!”
Sometimes when we say, “Heads up,” we’re calling someone’s attention to something that might be missed otherwise. So today, I’m saying to you, “Heads Up!” God is in control, and His purposes will not be thwarted. As my son says, “We live in a God-rigged universe,” and just as His judgment will fall on the unjust, His mercy and grace will ever prevail in the lives of His children.
So, child of God, by faith, feel His hand of love as He lifts your head, and gaze upon Him in love and appreciation.