In Psalm 27, David shouts out triumphantly “and now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies” Let us shout out, like him, trusting that our great God will never abandon us, never leave us to shame or failure but will lift up our heads in glory.
1. Your head shall be lifted up above Satan
“And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” (Lk. 13:11-12)
The Satanic affliction affecting this woman prevented her from being able to lift up her head for eighteen years. Regarding that woman, the Lord said, “… being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound” (Lk. 13:16). Satan’s hold on this woman made her unable to look up to heaven. Her bondage lasted 18 long years but her time for full deliverance finally came.
The good news was that Jesus “saw her” (Lk. 13:12). Be assured that the Lord sees your suffering and wants to deliver you from any infirmity or bondage just as he delivered this woman; whether it is a bondage to sin, addiction, worry, or sickness. You are so important to the Lord to the point of him shedding His precious blood for you. (1Pet.1:19). Yes, the Lord sees you, sees your need; and will not remain silent. He is calling you to set you free ….
“He called her to Him and said to her, ‘Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity’ ” The Lord is still calling, ‘come to me and I will give you rest’. True rest can only be attained by coming to the Lord with all you heart and pouring out yourself to him. He is the only one who can completely break your yoke. Just as the woman was unable to lift up her head because of a demonic bondage, you too could be suffering from disgrace, failure, or confusion due to the same reasons. The Lord Jesus came to tear down Satan’s works, lifting up your head which was looking down in disgrace, so as you can look up towards heaven. Therefore, come to the Lord to end your suffering! Trust Him! He really wants to lift up your head.
2. Your Head shall be lifted up Above the Old Nature
“For the Lord had accepted Job. And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends” (Job 42:9-10)
Job’s friends’ false accusations caused him great emotional pain. This contributed to his being downcast. He described his friends as “Miserable comforters” (Job 16:2) and “worthless physicians” (Job 13:4). He described his emotional trauma by saying, “My relatives have failed, and my close friends have forgotten me … All my close friends abhor me, and those whom I love have turned against me” (Job 19:14, 19)
What would you do if you face such fickleness from someone, for one reason or another, accusing you false accusations, causing deep hurts that fill you with bitterness and un-forgiveness towards him? What would you do if you were assailed by very harsh words and misinterpretations of the truth from your closest friends or relatives?
Our old nature seeks to fill us with bitterness and hatred. It wants to control us! As for the Lord, his desire is to lift up our heads, heal us from shame and despondency, and fill us with the Holy Spirit, thus defeating the enemy within us (our old nature). Thus, we get healed of bitterness, stop seeking revenge, and acquire the ability to forgive those who ill-treat us just as Job did. Not only did he forgive his friends, but he also prayed for them. His head was lifted up in victory!!
Hallelujah, real victory is to pray for those who ill-treat us. By doing so, we overcome evil with good (Ro. 12:21). Trust in the Lord. He will lift up your head above your old nature which does not want you to forgive!
Ask the Lord to fill you with the Holy Spirit to maintain your victory over the old nature especially in the area of love and forgiveness.
3. Your Head shall be lifted up above the world’s instabilities
“Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!... But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.”(Ps. 3: 1, 3)
The title of Psalm 3 reads, “A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son” David felt disgraced. His escape, this time was not from king Saul, but from his son, Absalom. Truly, it is deeply distressing to flee from one’s own son and be threatened by death from the followers of one’s son. The world under Absalom’s leadership moved to destroy David.
If you have a true relationship with the Lord, then your third enemy is the world. This world deceives and has its own false enticements and fierce threats. Do not fear the world nor be deceived by it. Do not expect security, protection, or help from fickle Absalom. The Bible warns us, “For men do not gather figs from thorns,” (Lk. 6:44). Beware of close relationships with non-believers!
Do not be surprised if worldly people like Absalom turn against you. Do not fear; for your matters are not in their hands, but in the hands of your faithful God who makes all things work for your good. David looked to the Lord, and the Holy Spirit filled him with peace. He was able to sing, “You are …, my glory and the One who lifts up my head” although he states earlier in the same psalm, “Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me”
Thank you, my Heavenly Father; you are my protection and my security! Your fatherhood enables me to lift up my head above the world, so it does not strike me with fear or shame. I will be like David during Absalom’s rebellion. Thank you, I am able to rest and be calm because everything related to my life is in your hands: the faithful father who guarantees my tomorrow. Your love for me is perfect and unfailing. I will set my eyes on you, not on the changing world, its people, incidents, or circumstances.
The Lord Jesus paid the price that allows me to maintain my confidence even if the world assails me. “Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident” (Ps. 27:3) He paid the price of my victory over the world “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (Jn. 16: 33)
I will not bow down! Yes, I will not bow down!! I will lift my head with joy and confidence above my three enemies:
· The Old Nature
· The World
Proclaim your faith that the time has come to lift up your head above your enemies; and that you will continue doing so!
Yes! The Lord will deliver you, just as he delivered the woman with infirmity, from weakness, disgrace, or being bent over as a result of satanic bondage.
He will lift up your head over the old nature; as He did with Job.
And will give you victory over the world’s changes, deception, and threats; to be victorious like David!
Speak words of faith about this New Year “I believed, therefore I spoke” (Ps. 116:10)
Faith confessions destroy doubt!
Proclaim in faith that this year, “The Lord will open to you His good treasure” (Deut. 28:12)
He will provide your need in the perfect time. (Ps. 23:1) …
“And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail” (Deut. 28: 13). Satan shall fail to affect you through manipulation of events
You are the one who will change events, by your faith, holding on to the Lord’s promises!
Trust that the Lord, the Most High, is the one who is in control over all your matters.
“You shall be above only” (Deut. 28:13) in your ministry, work, psychological and physical health, as well as family life!
I thank you, Heavenly Father. You will never leave nor forsake me! (Heb. 13:5)
You will always bring me out of the eater something to eat and out of the strong something sweet! (Judg. 14:14) …
Thank you that every weapon formed against me, this year, shall not prosper (Isa. 54:17) …
Thank you, Heavenly Father, that all of Satan’s schemes against me shall not succeed … but will rather be, “as nothing, as a nonexistent thing” (Isa. 41:12) …
I proclaim my faith that neither charm, envy, nor divination can harm me according to your truthful Word, “no sorcery … Nor any divination” (Num. 23:23).
No curses shall befall any area of my life, only blessings shall be upon my head (Prov. 10:6)
Because I believe in the blood of Jesus that has justified, sanctified, and brought me into the new covenant.
I thank you, because you demolish all that Satan built against me!
Thank you for the glorious, decisive victories over Satan and his evil spirits this year!
Let’s proclaim in faith that this year we will behold the hand of the Lord working mightily to enable us to go from strength to strength (Ps. 84:7)
It will be a year for God’s glory … The Lord will use us more than any time in the past.
So that we will be, “always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1Cor. 15:58)
Lord! Grant me opportunities, this year, to abound in your work by the power of the Holy Spirit so as to glorify your name.
Let it be a restoration for days past!
Heavenly Father, I seek the work of the Holy Spirit in me to behold the increase of His fruit, in my life, day after day!
I yearn to play an effective role in the expansion of your kingdom, planting of your Word, and winning of souls.
I will not consider myself and my limited abilities!
But, my prayer is: that You use me with your boundless abilities!
I pray to continuously experience the waters of the Holy Spirit; not just ankle, or knee deep (Ezek. 47:3-5)
But great deep waters carrying me that I might drink of it all year long and be satisfied.
Thus, I will always lift up my head.
“He shall drink of the brook (brook of the Spirit) by the wayside; therefore He shall lift up the head” (Ps. 110:7)