1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; 2 in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3 No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse. 4 Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; 5 guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. 7 Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD. 8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. 9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. 10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant. 11 For the sake of your name, O LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. 12 Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. 13 He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land. 14 The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. 15 My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare. 16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. 17 The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish. 18 Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. 19 See how my enemies have increased and how fiercely they hate me! 20 Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 21 May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you. 22 Redeem Israel, O God, from all their troubles!
There is a tension in life that is peculiar to believers. It exists between what was and what is in our life. The world we have been living in is one filled with brokenness, rebellion and foolishness. There are things we did before coming to Christ that are iniquitous. Iniquitous’ dictionary meaning is: utterly harmful and wrong: immoral, especially in a way that results in great injustice or unfairness. But this is the way of all mankind. Romans 3 verses 22(b) through 24 says: “There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Thank goodness we are justified by his grace.
This tension is between our new life in Christ and our old nature. Our enemy, the devil, tries to use shame to condemn us and to rob the promises and potential of our new life in Christ. Shame is a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace. David’s prayer is: “Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.” He acknowledges the enemy’s schemes but calls on the Lord to overcome. He then reassures us that no one whose hope is in the Lord will ever be put to shame.
He reminds the Lord of His great mercy and love for this is the key to dealing with shame. In Him is refuge and hope for He is our redeemer. The enemy may throw many afflictions at us to trouble our hearts. He may play back things we have done on a continuous repeat cycle to keep us in shame. But the Lord will redeem us if we allow the enemy to push us into Christ. There we find hope, forgiveness, integrity and uprightness. We can’t stand before anyone in our righteousness. But we can stand free of shame before the Lord and all our enemies through Christ who cleanses us from all sin. In Him we are free of shame.
Pray: If you are feeling harassed by shame for things you have done, it may be wise to pray with someone you trust. “Father, I thank you for your great mercy and love. Cleanse my conscience from shame and deliver me from my enemies. I stand in hope that you give me and rebuke all shame in Jesus name.”