Help For Him In God
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In Psalm 3:3, David says of God, ABut thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.@  David said this as he was fleeing for his life from Jerusalem during the rebellion of his son Absalom (See II Samuel 15:14).  Many had risen up with Absalom against David to trouble him and taunt him, saying that Athere is no help for him in God@ (Psalm 3:1-2 KJV).  David Awept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot@ (IISamuel 15:30 NAS) in sorrow, shame, and humiliation.

Yet David did not fall apart in fear and disgrace; nor did he rise to his own defense in anger.  Rather he trusted God as his shield, his glory, and his head-lifter.  The term Ashield@ (Strong's #4043B magen) derives from a word that means Ato defend, cover, surround,@ and magen also refers to the scaly hide of the crocodile (Strong).  Thus the shield implies strong protection all around.  God would smite the cheekbone (or jaw) and break the teeth of David=s enemies (Psalm 3:7), thwarting their power to hurt him.  And David reminds us that Jesus is our shield of faith Awith which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one@ (Ephesians 6:16 NAS).

AGlory@ (#3519B kawbode) refers not only to things such as splendor and abundance, but also to honor, dignity, and reputation.  Kawbode derives from a word that means weighty or heavy, yet David was being treated as something to be discounted and brushed aside through public rejection and humiliation.  In David we see a picture of Jesus, who Awas despised and forsaken of men@ (Isaiah 53:3).  But of Jesus, it is written, AWhile being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously@ (I Peter 2:23 NAS).  Yet God Araised Him from the dead and gave Him glory@ (I Peter 1:21 NAS), and Abestowed on Him the name which is above every name" (Philippians 2:9 NAS).  So David said, AIf I find favor in the sight of the Lord, then He will bring me back again, and show me both [the ark of the covenant] and His habitation@ (II Samuel 15:25 NAS).  And we are reminded that Awhen Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then [we] also will be revealed with Him in glory@ (Colossians 3:4 NAS).

The lifting up of David= s head signifies protection and deliverance from the power of his enemies.  David wrote in Psalm 27:5-6 (NAS), AFor in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.  And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me.@  Lifting-up also pertains to the removal of the humiliation that come with affliction and weakness, and the taking away of the despondency of reproach (See I Samuel 2:1-10 regarding Hannah= s exultation).  It also refers to the restoring of honor and position (II Kings 25:27-30).  Being lifted up releases joy.  Thus David declares in Psalm 27:6, ATherefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.@  And he reminds us that by grace, God Araised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus@ (Ephesians 2:6 NAS).

God lifted David=s head because he did not lift his own head, in pride, anger, self-reliance, or selfish ambition.  In this, David reminds us that Athus saith the high (lifted-up) and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones@ (Isaiah 57:15 KJV).  May we all remember to trust in God with all our heart when we come under attack.

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