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Thursday, June 20, 2019

You Shield Me

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.                                                                                                                                                                                —Psalm 3:3-6 NLT                      

You shield me! You protect me! Jesus, I long to trust you—to believe you—to have no fear. I cannot shield myself. I cannot save myself. I cannot fix anything. I cannot be good enough. Striving not to fear, Lord, gets me nowhere. I long to feel free—just as you tell me that I am free.

I cry out, and you answer me. I give up the struggle to make myself new and believe that you made me knew at Calvary. Trying to be good enough to receive your acceptance is frustrating and wasted. You accepted me when you died for me. When I get the fact that I don’t have to work to win your love, then I am free. And with that release comes your peace.

I choose to lay myself down before you, Lord. I decide to surrender overwhelming thoughts that I must do something to win your love. I wish to rest in your Grace. The same love which saved me holds and guards me. You came into the world to save me—not to condemn me. You accomplished your work on Calvary—and in me when I said yes to your Grace. I did nothing but only receive. What has separated me from your glory has been ripped into shreds. 

Your altar waits. You wait to not only shield me from all dead attempts to change my life, but for me to understand that you alone are my glory. You solely are the one who renews my mind. You are the one who lifts me from destruction—which holds my head high when life is hard. You are the shield that protects me. You are the one who strengthens and empowers my life.

I can trust you! You are in control! I lay down and rest. I wake up in peace. You saved me by your Grace, and not because of anything I did. You guard my faith by your Grace. My attempts are self-defeating. I am not afraid of anything that comes against me. I have surrendered to your peace and what you make real in my life. Though the enemy attempts to steal what you have safely secured for me, I trust you and believe. I stand in your power. You are my shield. You are my glory.               

© 2019 Lynn Lacher                                                                                                                                                                  

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