Psalm 3:3 “O LORD, how many are my foes!…But you are a shield around me, O LORD;”
[You are always there, O Holy One, Mighty in your glory, Strong in your righteousness, Powerful in your wisdom. You surround us, watch over us, and deliver us. There is no one greater than you, no other refuge so sure, no other help so near. I praise you, Lord, for your love, your faithfulness, your power, and your presence.]
“you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.”
[Not only do you save us, but you share the glory of your triumph with us. You promise to bring forth our righteousness (from you), revealing it in the light of your presence, along with our vindicating judgment as the noon day sun (Ps 37:6). You encourage us, you give us guidance and insight, you grant us honor and lift us up before men. “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Col 3:4)
I praise you, Lord, that you, the Holy One, are willing, that you are pleased to share your glory in some mysterious way with your children–we who previously opposed you so bitterly, who brought shame on you, who even now bring grief to your heart every day in our selfishness and unbelief. Truly, there is no love like yours, O God: full-orbed, powerful, ever flowing, unaffected by anyone’s response.
You are the Source of all love, the Well-spring of all grace, the Headwater of all goodness. You overwhelm us with your undeserved, beyond logic, contra-conditional, unending love, continually pouring out grace, goodness and help—in spite of what we are and do.
Praise you, Lord, for what you will do today in the midst of all that will come. I give you glory and honor now for the unseen, unsuspected, unimagined goodness you will sweep into my life today, whether it be clearly so, or disguised as difficulty, disappointment or desperation.
May you be glorified, honored, lifted up and exalted by my responses in all today–in my thoughts, words and actions. For certainly You are worthy!]