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Threads of Shame

Psalm 132

Verse 18 “I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”

Today we come to the end of the psalm quoting God about His chosen city and beloved friend, David. This verse starts with a promise to the enemies.

In the past week plus we have talked about how God clothes His people in righteousness and salvation but we see a turn to the opposite today as the focus is placed on the enemy of God and His people. We all know what shame looks like. We may even have worn the garments of shame in our past. They are heavy and uncomfortable. We would never choose them ourselves and we feel that everyone is staring at us.

To the travelers going to Jerusalem for the festivals, this was a reminder that God saw their enemies and He hadn’t forgotten that they were enemies. He had plans for them that wouldn’t bring them joy but that would place them where they belonged.

It is easy for us to think the same thing that Asaph thought in Psalm 73, that those living in opposition to God’s ways were getting away with it and even being rewarded in their evil. But that isn’t how God works. God is just and will give them their due “reward” in time. In His time. In the meantime there are clothes of shame that He gives them to wear and though they may wear them in pride for a while, there will come a time when they will see their outfits for what they are, evidence of shame.

Sometimes these outfits are the consequences of their actions. It may be the proof of their sinful act as in the baby born out of wedlock, the disease that came from living an immoral life, the health issues that came from an addiction to food, alcohol or tobacco or so many other things that can be evident in our lives. But there are also the hidden consequences like the fear of being found out that robs a life of joy.

One of the important things to remember is that there is forgiveness, even in the dealings with the results of our sins. God is a righteous God and we are promised that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us (1 John 1:9). But for those He hasn’t called and that don’t repent, He has garbs of shame.

Making It Personal

Do you have clothes of shame that you need to ask God to exchange? Why is it important to confess your sin? How does clothing of shame disrupt your praise of God?

Making It Personal Kids

Have you ever felt ashamed about something that you did? What does Jesus want you to do when you have done something He didn’t want you to do? What is something you need to tell Jesus you are sorry about?

Closing Prayer

Father, we confess the sins that cause us to live in shame. You are holy and we should desire to live holy too. Convict us of the things in our lives that are shameful and give us the joy of being cleansed with Your powerful blood. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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