Hold Your Head High

“But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.” Psalms‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭

Most columbines hold their heads up, seeking the sun.

Not these beauties.

For some reason, they – droop.

Don’t get me wrong. They are gorgeous. They are unique. They definitely draw the eye.

But they remind me of – well, of myself. Some days, I droop, too. My shoulders round, my gaze shifts closer to the floor than the sky.

I forget, you see.

I get tired, I get busy, and I forget.

I forget how deeply I’m loved. I forget that I’m chosen. Called to a life of adventure, following the greatest Rabbi of all time. Gifted with all I need to live a life of excellence.

My head bows like these columbines.

And I don’t need another pep talk. Another affirmation. Another exhortation to keep going. Another list of my accomplishments so I can prop up my faltering ego.

(Although those can be of service from time to time.)

I need Jesus.

He is where I can find my centre. He is my shield, my protection when shame smears its lies on my value. He is my glory – if all good things came from Him, He alone deserves the credit for any good I have done.

And He holds my head high.


He is the reason to square my shoulders and straighten my crown. If He calls me beloved, who am I to say I’m not worthy of love? If He calls me friend, how can I claim to be alone? If He declares my intrinsic value, how can I doubt my worth?

If He says I have been uniquely gifted to carry hope to a hurting world, how can I not hold my head high?

And here’s the greatest part.

It’s not up to me.

I don’t have to try harder. Muster more courage or strength on my own.

That’s God’s part of the program.

Friend, are you feeling a little – droopy?

If you can’t quite manage to hold your head high today, I know Someone who has your back.

And your head…

Rely on Jesus with me?

Father, You surround us with Your love and protection. You fight for us. You lift our heads when we are bowed by the cares of this world. Bless us with more of Yourself as we learn to rely on Your strength. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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