“I am just so embarrassed they would think so little of me to treat me this way,” a friend lamented about a once-trusted individual.
When another hurts us, often the greatest injury is to our identity. We question our worth based upon another’s brutish handling of our dignity.
King David was no stranger to interpersonal struggle in his life. Perhaps one of the most painful episodes he experienced was when his own son, Absalom, sought to usurp his throne.
It was at this time, David wrote these words:
“But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill” (Psalm 103:3-4).
Little could be more humiliating than having your own son seek to take your life so he could occupy your station. Yet, David went right where he needed to for both protection and the lifting of his head.
Perhaps you are facing the loss of a relationship that hurts so badly and makes you feel worthless. Cry out to the Father, like David did, in your pain and humiliation, and picture Him placing His forefinger under your chin and lifting your gaze to meet His.
He is your Shield, the Lifter of your head. He hears your prayer, and He answers you.