Life has a way of beating us down – there is always more to do and there are always setbacks and discouragement . So many things, so many experiences make us hang our heads. Sometimes from shame, possibly from confusion, perhaps from exhaustion, maybe a sense of defeat or overwhelming grief. We hang our heads.
Psalm 3:3 But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
When we are discouraged and feeling defeated we need someone to stand beside us, someone to lean against, someone to protect and defend us; and someone to remind us where we find our true worth and purpose in life.
Thankfully, God does that for us. He wraps a shield around against discouragement. He bestows us with Glory. He lifts our heads.
Glory to His Name!
As the lifter of our heads, God brings us out of whatever it is that caused our heads to hang and bring us into a situation and time that will cause our heads to be held high.
Just like us, there are so many people around us today who are going through various trials and life difficulties. There is something we all can do for people who are hurting. We can be the lifter of their heads.
God of All Comfort
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God".
Encouragement is a powerful gift that can help people do things they never dreamed they could accomplish. Through encouragement we can build up one another, edify and strengthen others.
This gift of encouragement enable us to speak life into people’s dreams, to speak life into people’s self-image. Just by a word of encouragement, we can literally shape someone’s life. We could change their destiny, the same way God changes ours.
Often when a person is hurting, he may lose perspective on his circumstances and feel abandoned and hopeless. In those moments, it's hard to hear the "voice" of God reminding him of His promises of hope and faithfulness, healing and future strength. But you can help people hear that voice.
And when you encourage others, you encourage yourself too. God made it like that. It's the law of sowing and reaping.
Your encouragement could mean the world to the person who is swimming against the tides of trouble. You know why? Because encouragement is the equivalent to throwing a rope to a drowning person. By throwing that rope you are giving them hope. And hope is empowering!