Many are saying to me, “There is no help for you in God.” But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
It’s easy to speak naturally about our faith when we’re in church or in the company of fellow believers. But sometimes we find ourselves with people who say, “Don’t count on God. That’s foolish superstition. Don’t waste your time.” They speak from a lack of trust or understanding, or perhaps they have been deeply hurt or disappointed in life and they blame God.
Whenever we’re confronted with denials of God’s existence, power, or goodness, we can simply say, “My experience has been of God’s very real presence and blessing. I wish the same for you if you can be open to it.” Then, as today’s verse says, we can draw God’s shield around us and know that he lifts us up to a certainty that may be beyond explanation, but not beyond our reach.
©Carol Dean Henn, 2017
Carol Dean Henn of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA