Parting Words From The WORD…

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Perhaps you’ve noticed there’s been a lot of recent conversation here at the Christian Writer’s Den about stress, weariness, disappointment, hurt, and other symptoms of living on this earth. You’ve seen quite a few comments on the blog, but there have been many, many more that were sent to me personally, ones that were too tender to post out loud.

For those who’ve shared your hardship with me, please know I continue to pray for you. But even for those who are just going through the daily struggles of life, the pressure can be wearying.

Regardless of what we’re going through, we’re often afraid to admit our frustrations and fears. After all, we know we have Jesus and His strength in our corners, ready and quite able to take our burdens. If only we’d admit our struggle. But we’re supposed to be strong. How can we admit such weakness to our brothers and sisters?

David, the man after God’s own heart, had similar hardships and fears. The difference is, he admitted them…in writing…for all to see. Like many of us, David was a writer, singer, and poet and his words written over 2,000 years ago speak clearly to me today. Do they speak to you?

In Psalm 3, David cried out to God while he was running from his son, Absalom, who was trying to kill him. But even though he was facing possible death, he knew where his strength came from…

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head. Psalm 3:3 (ESV)

What a beautiful picture. The Lord Himself as a shield, surrounding David with His protection. I can see myself in that picture too, can you? If I close my eyes I can imagine Jesus sitting next to me as I rest against Him, my head gently cradled in His arms. I’m weary and tired and hurt…but He holds me with love.

Wow.

He is my shield.

He is my glory.

He is the lifter of my head.

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

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  • Verna

    This message is so uplifting, Vonda — I join you in that picture, surrounded by the holy protection of Jesus. Thank you!

    • Thank you, Verna. I’m glad it encouraged you today.

  • Glendafm

    Amen Vonda! Jesus is the glory and lifter of our heads, and laying our head on His shoulder brings renewed strength and rest! Oh what a Savior! Thanks for sharing!

    • Your post reminded me of that song that has a line that says, “Oh, what a Savior!” Thank you for bringing that to my mind. πŸ™‚

  • Judith Robl

    Thank you for your prayers, Vonda. And THANK YOU for the encouragement.

  • Marciagaddis

    Thanks, Vonda. David teaches us so much. I often use David as the perfect example of someone who loved God and fully knew that God allowed all of his complaining or lamenting. All of those lament psalms show us the five steps he used in writing his poetry. 1 – He praises; 2 – He states the current problem; 3 – He asks for God’s help; 4 – He affirms his total trust in God’s ability to provide; 5 – He closes with more praises . I think this method is how I got through the death of a child. Lots of complaining, but I am slowly learning to praise. And I used it recently at a bereavement seminar where the participants actually wrote their own lament. Powerful and healing. Thanks, my friend!

    • What a great way to look at the Psalms, Marcia! And what a great idea to have those who are grieving to write their own laments. I know that was a powerful and healing experience. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your experience with us. God is using you and your story to touch others.

    • kimberly long

      Hey Marcia,
      I am so glad to see you being a part of a bereavement seminar! I know God is using you in mighty ways because of your transparency and victory. I loved your book and have thought of you so many times since meeting you last conference! Are you going to this years at Blue Ridge?

      • Marciagaddis

        Kimberly! Yes, I am going to be there and so look forward to seeing you. I have been working on that all day….God bless and I will check out your site to see what you have been up to.

        See you soon!

  • Gmmhubbert

    He is our shield about us and a strong tower. As a mother I got the best mother’s day gift of all this week–one of my children has come back to the Lord. NEVER stop praying. Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

    • Praise God! One of my favorite verses is 3 John 4:

      I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

      For Christian parents, there is no better joy!

  • Yes! An answer to prayer. Won’t go into detail – just suffice to say I needed to be reminded that the Lord is a shield about me.

  • Beautiful, Vonda. And He uses you to lift up and encourage so many. Especially me.
    Happy Mother’s day!!

    • Thank you, Susan. You’re always so encouraging! Happy Mother’s Day to you, too!

  • Beautiful post, Vonda. He is the lifter of my head, too. So thankful for him. And so thankful for the Psalms. How often I turn to them. Have a blessed weekend!

    • Yes, just this morning I read one that we’ll look at next week. πŸ™‚

  • Vanore3

    Beautifully written. πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, Van. Praying for you as you do the work ahead He’s called you to do!

  • Tea4thee

    Beautiful and timely, Vonda. I especially appreciate the reminder of how God has used David’s transparency, through the written word, to benefit countless others. Thank you!

    • Yes! The fact that David–the KING, for crying out loud–was willing to write of his struggles and then give them to the musicians to sing about in worship…challenges us to transparency. And because of his transparency, we are encouraged on our journeys today.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. πŸ™‚