The Blessings of Bible Reading #8

Shame is probably one the most feared experiences there is. We will do just about anything to protect ourselves from an experience where we feel shame. People today as they attempt to control others use words that shame others like knives. As we raised our 8 kids we tried hard not to say or do anything that would make them feel shame, but instead to give them a sense of worth and value. In psalms 119 the longest chapter in the Bible that has as it’s main topic the blessings of reading the Word of God mentions 10 times that those who read the Word will be protected from shame.

Psalms 119:22 Take away reproach and contempt from me, For I observe Your testimonies.

Psalms 119:31 I cling to Your testimonies; O Lord, do not put me to shame!

Psalms 119:39 Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your ordinances are good.

I have thought about the “nuts and bolts” of how this works, but I think that as we honor God by abiding in His Words, He honors us by protecting us from hurtful words and embarrassing situations.

Psalms 119:23 Even though princes sit and talk against me, Your servant meditates on Your statutes.

Psalms 31:20 You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.

That last verse was a major point of meditation for me back in the early days of ministry when I did so many dumb things, and received a fair amount of verbal criticism for it.

This blessing is what gave me the confidence to try new things that had the potential to not go well, because I had this strong sense that God would guard me as I continued to serve Him and make His Word a high priority of my life.

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