You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. —Psalm 3:3
Is God your glory? (Psalm 3:3). The word glory is the translation of a Hebrew word meaning “weight” or “significance.”
Some people measure their worth by beauty, intelligence, money, power, or prestige. But David, who wrote Psalm 3, found his security and worth in God. He said that many stood against him. He heard their cruel voices and was tempted to believe them, to give way to discouragement and depression. Nevertheless, he comforted and strengthened his heart with these words: “You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head” (v.3).
What a change that realization made! He had God, and his enemies did not. So he could hold up his head with confidence.
Verses like Psalm 3:3 can bring peace to your heart even in the midst of a storm of trouble. God is your shield and deliverer. He will deal with your adversaries in due time.
Meanwhile, tell God all about your troubles. Let Him be your glory. You don’t have to defend yourself. Ask Him to be your shield—to protect your heart with His overshadow-ing love and care. Then, like David, you can lie down in peace and sleep, though tens of thousands are against you (vv.5-6).
Though many be against me
And would attack my name,
I’ll glory in my Savior
And trust Him just the same. —Fitzhugh
No one is more secure than the one who is held in God’s hands.