I hurt just looking at her! This hunched-over position while texting can have some serious consequences. With the head weighing 10-12 pounds, bending over our phones increases the force, pulling on those neck muscles and joints. Not only can our poor posture lead to headaches and spine problems, some researchers have even made a connection with depression! The idea is that the relationship between mind and body can run both ways. We slump over because we are sad or we are sad because we slump over!
Today’s verse tells us that the Lord’s presence in our lives is a protective shield. He looks out for His own. Nothing and no one can snatch us out of His hand (John 10:28). And as believers, He is our glory. Our lives are to progressively reflect His glory as He creates Christ’s character in us (II Cor. 3:18). But in addition to all of this, He lifts our heads! And not just a little bit. He lifts our heads high! We no longer hang our heads in shame and disgrace. We do not have to look down in humiliation and guilt. Because of His love and forgiveness He lifts our heads high! What an amazing thought!
When He lifts my head, I have the advantage of seeing more of His wonders in my life! With the perspective that comes with grace and forgiveness, I can see just how much He has blessed me! Like Mary in her song, I can say that I am blessed, “for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is His name.” (Luke 1:49)
Lord, help me to live this day with my head lifted up high with the assurance of Your love.
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)