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Dishonored Through Me

June 22, 2018

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Dishonored Through Me

God’s word is amazingly prophetic — giving intimate details  that came true  in Jesus Christ  and His suffering  and death  for us.     Psalm 69 was written  by King David  about a thousand years before Christ,  but reveals the intensity  of Jesus’ suffering.     Although this psalm certainly tells  of David’s sufferings,  it is also prophetic  of the Christ.

So,  Psalm 69:6-7  shows the heartfelt prayer  of both David  and our Lord.     It should also be our prayer  in our times  of trials and temptations.     It says,

May those who wait  for Thee  not be ashamed  through me,  O Lord GOD  of hosts;    
May those who seek Thee  not be dishonored  through me,  O God  of Israel.

We all have all sorts  of Christians  ( God’s children ) around us  who look to the LORD  for their help  and comfort.     Some of these Christians might be strong  in their faith,  others might be weak  in faith  or new  to their faith.     They might have a lot  of growing to do,  and God greatly desires  that we all grow  in His word  of truth.

As is natural  in this world,  we all see each other  and observe  how others handle their problems  and challenges  in life.     So,  when a known Christian acts very unbecomingly  and sinfully  in his trials,  he is making his Christian friends ashamed  and dishonored  in front of the whole unbelieving world — not to mention  the dishonor given  to God  our Savior.     The unbelieving world sneers  at Christians  who dishonor  their own Lord.

As King David suffered  because of his enemies trying  to destroy him,  he did not want his reaction  to his many ongoing sufferings  to tear down the faith  of his fellow countrymen.     Instead,  David wanted the strength  to rightly live  in the truth  of God’s word,  so that his whole life  would be a good witness  of God’s love  and salvation,  no matter what was happening  to him.

When Christ was being mocked  and beaten  in a pretentious trial,  He also wanted  to face His persecutors  in a way  that would honor the Lord God.     Jesus’ whole behavior  and demeanor  at His trial  has been an awesome witness  to the whole world  for two thousand years now.     In the manner  in which Jesus died  for our sins,  even the heathen centurion  who helped crucify Him  just had to praise God  and proclaim  in Luke 23:47,

“Certainly  this man  was innocent.”

The centurion did not know anything  about the Scriptures  or the promise  of a Savior  from sin,  but he certainly realized  that the manner  in which Jesus suffered and died,  showed that He was innocent — totally undeserving  of the mock trial  and crucifixion  He graciously endured.

So,  what do our lives show  about us?

Our daily prayer should be  that we would never bring shame  or dishonor  to anyone trying  to live a Christian life  — nor should we bring shame  or dishonor  to the LORD  who has loved each  and every one of us  ever so dearly.     Only God can strengthen us  in our daily walk  with Him.     Let us always turn  to our Lord  in His word  and prayer  to live lives  that are a good witness  of God’s eternal truths.

As we joyfully depend  on our Lord  to lead us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for giving an awesome witness  of God’s love  and authority  all throughout Your suffering  and death  for our salvation.     Lord,  may Your truths lead me  in living triumphantly  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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