Psalm 3:3 “But you are a shield around me, O LORD;”
[You are there, O Holy One, mighty in your glory, strong in righteousness, powerful in wisdom. You surround us, you watch over us, you deliver us. There is no one greater than you, no other refuge so sure, no other help so near. I praise you for you love, your faithfulness, your power.]
“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 will bring forth our righteousness (from you) as the light and our judgment as the noon day sun (Ps. 37:6). You encourage us, you give us guidance, you give 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–no, more that that, you are pleased to share your glory in some mysterious way with your children who previously opposed you 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 love, the well-spring of grace, the headwater of goodness. You overwhelm us with your undeserved, beyond logic, contra-conditional, unending love, continually showering us with grace, goodness and help.
Praise be to 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 suffering. May you be glorified, honored, lifted up and exalted today in my thoughts, words and actions, for you are worthy!]