Psalm 119 - Waw (Freedom In Christ, Freedom From Shame)
May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promise;
then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word.
Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.
I will always obey your law, for ever and ever.
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame,
for I delight in your commands because I love them.
I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.
When I first brought up the topic of God to my friends who didn’t know I am a Christian, they would give me a strange “Are you serious?” look. It felt quite embarrassing when I was young in my faith. The Psalmist said he was not ashamed to “speak of your (God’s) statutes before kings”. So while I do still feel a little embarrassed sometimes, it is not as much as before. It depends on my relationship with God, and on whether I am practising His ways.
Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11)
“Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.” For some of my friends who are football fanatics, their favourite teams and players are always at their mouths. The Psalmist always brought up the topic of God in conversations. He kept going on and on in sharing his faith to others because he had his hope on God’s words. The more hopeful we are in the word of God, the more we cannot help but to share our faith. The Bible helped me to realise that I need not be a superhero or perfect man for God. I could be the scum of the earth and still be loved by God and receive His forgiveness when I return to Him.
The Psalmist was able to “walk about in freedom” from shame despite the taunts of kings, enemies and friends about his hope in God. He was free to share about God because he loved and delighted in God’s words. Our walk is to be for a lifetime. It is not the momentary feeling of freedom but a lifetime of genuine freedom.
“I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.” The Psalmist love God’s commands. We need to love God’s words too, for His words bring us the hope of salvation.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.