Change and Shame

by Rick

Today we continue our series entitled, “Back to the Bible,” with Part 28.  We have been looking at Psalm 119.  Let’s continue to walk through this amazing psalm.  We will look at verses 75 and 80 from The Passion Bible Translation.

 

David said:

(v.75)  Lord, I know that your judgments are always right.  Even when it’s me you judge, you’re still faithful and true.

(v.80)  Make me passionate and wholehearted to fulfill your every wish, so that I’ll never have to be ashamed of myself.

 

So what does this mean to you today?  A few things.

 

  1.  You can find peace in knowing that God does not change.  David said, “Lord, I know that your judgments are always right.  Even when it’s me you judge, you’re still faithful and true.” (Psalm 119:75).

 

  1. a)  We live in a world of constant change.  The climate changes. The economy changes.  People change. We change. Life is change. So when we find a person who is truly consistent, and they are the way that they are (whether your necessarily like it or not) year after year, you find a certain level of comfort in their consistency.  At least you know where they stand and you know that their position is not going to change. While it is rare to find a human who is this way, God is always this way. God has not and He will not change. He is the way that He is and we can find comfort in His consistency.

 

  1. b)  When you come to God you know what you are going to get.  Whether you like His ways or not, at least you know they are not going to change.

 

  1. c)  David appreciated the fact that God is the way that He is and that He is not going to change.  He found peace in knowing that God’s judgments are right, even when he was on the wrong side of them.  You can do the same. You may not like everything God’s Word says, but you can certainly find peace and stability in knowing that this entire world will pass away before God’s Word does.

 

  1. d)  In a world of variables we are left searching for a constant.  God is that constant. His Word will stand forever.
  2.  When you walk in God’s ways you have nothing to fear and nothing to be ashamed of.  David said, “Make me passionate and wholehearted to fulfill your every wish, so that I’ll never have to be ashamed of myself.” (Psalm 119:80).

 

  1. a)  David wanted to fulfill God’s every wish with his whole heart.  Because he knew that if he ever got to that point, he would have nothing to fear and nothing to be ashamed of.  The same holds true for us today. God’s Word should be the standard for our conduct and living. If it is, we will have no need to fear and no need for shame.

 

  1. b)  Shame was introduced after sin.  When Adam ate and he realized he was naked, he felt ashamed and he covered himself up with fig leaves.  When you walk in God’s ways you have no need for shame. Sure, there will be people in this world who don’t like you or what you stand for, but when you don’t have shame before God, you won’t have any fear before men.

 

  1. c)  The Bible says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15 KJV).  Whenever I am teaching from this verse I like to highlight two words: approved and ashamed.  If you study the Word of God and you apply it’s teachings to your life, you will be approved and have nothing to be ashamed of.  But if you don’t, then like Adam in the garden searching for fig leaves, you will feel the same of being outside of God’s will.

 

Closing Confession:  

Father, this is a season of expectation for me.  I am at a point in my life where Your Word is my standard.  I know Your Word is never going to change and I find peace in that.  If there is ever a conflict between me and You, I am the one who will change, because I know You will not.  Heaven and earth will pass away before Your Word does. In a world of variables, You are my one constant and I find peace in that.  I rest in You, trust in You, and apply Your Word daily. Living this way, I have nothing to be ashamed of and I have no one to fear!  I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

This is Today’s Word.  Apply it and prosper!

 

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