May all who gloat over my distress be put to shame and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace. Psalm 35:26
Shame is such a horrific thing to have and yet this is what David prayed for his enemies. I am so thankful David decided not to take matters in his own hands, but trusted God could take care of those who were gloating over him. Many of these same people were once close to David’s heart yet now they looked at him in laughter.
Adam and Eve experienced shame in the Garden when they chose their own way, so they tried covering their shame with the leaves of plants, but we know trying to cover our shame doesn’t work. When God tried to speak to them, they hid in their shame. Many of us try the same response in our shame as well, we hide. The enemy loves it when we hide, because it divides our heart with God.
God loves it when we come out of shame and become vulnerable and open with our heart. Shame puts us in a state of confusion because all we can see is our punishment, instead of grace. Shame is our attempt to cover over our sin, however, Jesus calls us out. Jesus died to forgive and cover us with His blood and yet we may still be saying that’s not enough. Allow shame to be silenced and uncovered before the Lord and let his forgiveness be the cure.
Today in the Workplace
Is there any sin in your life you want to stay covered?