But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

My dad would never let me walk slouched over with my head down. “Remember son, you are a Ware. That’s nothing to be ashamed of. Even on your worst day you are still my son and a child of God!” God is our protector and our proud Father. He gives us glory because he loves us. Because he is our Father who gives us such gracious gifts, we don’t walk with our head bowed low and our spirits slumped over. He gives us ultimate victory! Even on those dark days when victory is hard to find, we are still God’s children. Our Father paints the sunsets and holds the stars in their orbits. He guarantees our future. How can we walk dejectedly when we remember this?

My Prayer…

God of glory, majesty, and might, I praise you for all the many works of your handiwork I see in nature. I praise you for the laws that hold our universe in place by your command. I praise you for the redeeming work of Jesus. So to you, God, I lift my heart, my hands, and my head and praise you for your grace and glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Psalm 3:3 — But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.

How do I keep my focus on Jesus amid distractions?

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(Matthew 14:22–36)

In the first of the Ten Commandments, God commanded the Israelites to serve him exclusively because he was worthy of their trust, as he had proved by delivering them from Egypt. Later, just before Moses died and the Israelites entered the promised land, God inspired Moses to remind the people of their single-minded calling.

God’s people needed to submit fully to his authority and believe he could provide all they needed. It’s this kind of trust that Jesus calls us to demonstrate as his disciples.

Unfortunately, Jesus’ disciple Peter had a bit more trouble retaining his single-minded focus when he was met with distraction. Peter’s experience is a good reminder of how we are to think about Jesus, and keep our eyes on him, even when our thoughts get sidetracked or we feel frightened. (See Matthew 14:22-36).

KEY VERSE

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

KEY IDEA

I focus on God and his priorities for my life.

KEY APPLICATION: What difference does this make in the way I live?

We set goals informed by God’s agenda and will. We don’t ask God to bless our plan but to bless my alignment to his plan. We trust God to meet our needs and desires.

Taken from NIV Believe