Psalm 119: 41-48, KJV.
"Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word. So, shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgements. So, shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes."
If there is one word in this reading that stands out to me is the word "ashamed". Why?? Let me explain.
We know of God. We know salvation comes from him. We know the commandments. We fear and love him. We know God is truth. We are taught his statutes. We love our Lord. God crested everything by his word. Many of us are taught this at a young age. We have all this material and knowledge about God. Yet, some are ashamed.
"Ashamed" is a strong word. It has a definition of being embarrassed, having feelings of guilt, or even disgrace. BUT, we should never feel this way about God or Jesus. The psalmist stated they will not be ashamed of God and even speak before kings. Paul wrote about being this way in Romans. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Paul said it best. Be not ashamed.
Dear Lord, help me to focus on the salvation you have brought so that I can keep shame out of my mind and trust your word.
Russ Nixon firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern - Those who feel ashamed.