I Will Not Be Ashamed – Psalm 119:41-48
Read Psalm 119:41-48
Hypocrisy is a fearsome charge. “You call yourself Christian! How then…?” But our fear is often misplaced and contrary to our identity in Christ. This fear values human judgment over the transformative work of Christ in us. A life of self-aware humility can seldom be charged with hypocrisy (and it is ready to receive the charge when true).
There is only reproach if we deny God loved us while we were yet sinners. There is only hypocrisy if we claim we are without sin. The tension of Christian life balances the reality of our sinfulness with our righteousness in Christ.
With the psalmist we can claim that if we seek God, we will not fear reproach, nor will we be ashamed.
Instead of fear, we walk in unique and powerful liberty—the mercy of God. The shameless answer to judgment is indeed delightful—lovingkindness, salvation according to God’s word!
Holy Spirit, set my mind on what you desire, so I may walk as your fearless servant. Amen.
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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL WRITTEN BY:
Scott Bensink Lewis
I live in Salem, Oregon, with my wife, Carmen. We met and married while at seminary, after which we were called to plant and co-pastor Bridge Covenant Church. Bridge is a multilingual, multicultural church specifically called to share God’s power in reconciling us to God and to one another. Believing reconciliation is possible through the power of Jesus, Bridge focuses on reconciling the Spanish- and English-speaking people in our community. God seems to be expanding this vision, and we are excited to see what God will do. I love the mountains, especially being on top of them. And we love our little boy, Gideon, a special gift through adoption. He brings us great joy.