But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
King David wrote this Psalm as he was fleeing from his son Absalom who was trying to overthrow his father and take the kingdom from him. David certainly could not support nor endorse what Absalom was doing but he never lifted his hand against Absalom either. Instead King David took those that were loyal followers and fled into the wilderness. David so loved and respected life that he would rather give the kingdom up than shed blood to keep it. David knew that if it was the will of God for him to continue as King of Israel that the LORD would restore him to the throne.
What an awesome attitude for David to assume even though he is known as a mighty man of war.
As David was fleeing from Absalom he turned to the LORD and prayed, “But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” David was not worried about who was trying to kill him or who was plotting his overthrow. David knew that if he choose life that the glory of God Almighty would come around him and be a shield to protect him on all four sides and above and below.
We all reach places in our journey through life where we are unable to morally support some situation or circumstance that threatens to derail us from God’s appointed purpose for our life. It is in these places that we need to take King David’s example and choose life instead of death. Even if it appears that we will never be able to reach the mark that the LORD has set for our life we must choose to not raise our hand against those attempting to overthrow us, as it were, and instead flee to the wilderness as we place all our trust in the LORD.
As we learn to place all of our trust in the LORD instead of attacking those that come against us, we will discover a shield of the LORD’s glory coming around us and the LORD Himself will lift our head up and restore to us what is rightfully ours.
To God be all the glory!