But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
In 2 Samuel 15, we read of a painful season in King David’s life. His son Absalom leads and conspiracy and revolt against him that leaved David needing to run for his life. It is in the midst of his fleeing that David writes the poem in Psalm 3. While navigating disappointment, fear and broken-heartedness, he concludes that God is the one who defends him as a shield would; that God is the one who brings honour to his life; and that ultimately it is God who would restore joy to him once again.
It’s unlikely that anyone reading this has experienced the exact circumstance that David was in wherein you’ve literally lost a royal position because of a conspiracy led by your son. But maybe, like me, you can relate in some way to the feelings that David expresses when it feels like everyone is against you. In moments like that, remember that being offended or becoming defensive is not what will protect you - God is the one who defends. And in addition to defending, God is the one who honours. And even before the circumstances may or may not change, it is God who will restore joy.