christine's bible study

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isa 40:8

how shame defeats us

Yes, I know we are supposed to be reading Psa 79 today. I have read it and read it and read it, LOL. I have found, in the psalms of Asaph, a great chiastic structure with Psa 97 as its central axis, and I am currently working my way backward and forward from there to see how far it extends. I am not quite back to Psa 79 yet. But even though we are supposed to be reading Psa 79 today, this verse in Psa 94 clamored so loudly in my spirit that I was getting nowhere ignoring it, LOL.

If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O LORD, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. Psa 94:18-19

So I realized something. If we are struggling with a temptation — it could be something as simple as not believing a lie like, “I am no good,” when it enters our heads, or quitting an addiction, or whatever it is — sometimes we get so shamed that the temptation is tempting us, that we hide.

Panic sets in that a temptation has crossed our path and reared its head. Notice that we haven’t given in yet, but the fact that we are facing something that has mastered us in the past, causes panic. So the first thing we do, is hide that a temptation reared its head, and I am tempted to give in. We try to deal with it on our own. We end up giving in in secret.

But if we can just say, at the point of our temptation, as this psalmist did, “LORD! My foot is slipping!”

Not hiding that we are being tempted, in other words, but calling out for help — His mercy will hold me up. My will power will not hold me up. My great ability to resist lies and believe the truth will not hold me up. But ONLY HIS MERCY!

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and things which are despised, God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. 1 Cor 1:27-29

The thing that is in our lives, might be our weakness in the face of certain temptations. That is our present reality. But God has chosen us, in our very weaknesses, that HE might bring to nothing the thing that is, and on that day, HE ALONE will receive glory, honor and praise! We will not be able to glory in His presence, because ONLY HIS MERCY has upheld us when we needed help!

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