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No Shame (Psalm 119:6)

Then I shall not be ashamed when I look upon all Your commandments.
Psalm 119:6

We must reflect on the previous verses in order to understand the psalmist’s confidence in this verse.

The psalmist understands the importance of striving to live a life that is blameless. He has determined to walk in the law of the Lord (vs. 1). In order to walk in a way that pleases the Lord, he must observe God’s testimonies (vs.2). His obedience must not be a forced obedience, but a loving obedience (vs. 2). The contrast in the psalmist life is reflected in putting off unrighteousness and walking in righteousness (vs. 3). The psalmist is whole-hearted in his commitment to keep the word (vs. 4, 5).

Now the psalmist does not have to be ashamed when he reads the Scriptures. His knowledge of the truth has been translated into obedience. It is accomplishing the purpose that God intended.

It is shameful and dishonoring to God when we know what God desires from us and yet we live disregarding what He says. This is contrary to what it means to be a Christian.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.”
John 14:23–24

Paul reminds the believers at Thessalonica to take special note of those who are disobedient. In fact, he tells them to disassociate with them so they will be put to shame!

If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame.
2 Thessalonians 3:14

After giving very specific instructions on what it means to be a disciple, Jesus issues a very clear warning to those who are ashamed of the Lord and His word:

“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
Luke 9:26

For those who love the Lord and do not want to be ashamed when they consider His word, John gives this encouragement:

Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.
1 John 2:28

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58