“Do not let the afflicted be turned back in shame! Let the oppressed and poor praise your name!.” Psalms 74:21
We are all afflicted in some way. The dictionary gives this definition: “to cause pain or suffering; to be distressed so severely as to cause persistent suffering or anguish.” Many of us suffer or have suffered physically, from injuries, diseases, etc. The list is endless. Mental and emotional afflictions can cause more anguish than even physical pain. And, then there is spiritual affliction. This is where shame comes in; the single, cruelest weapon of torture, wielded by the Enemy of our Soul.
He is called The Accuser. The Word of God tells us that he accuses us before our God day and night.
He not only accuses us before God, he torments us with the shame of our failures, especially those in which we feel we have let God down, when we’ve stumbled in sin. Shame: the worst of afflictions, the cruelest of tortures.
What is shame’s ultimate purpose? To keep us from coming to God; to cause us to feel separated from his love.
Well, I want to share some very Good News to anyone agonizing in shame: Jesus destroyed the power of shame over two thousand years ago! He dealt it a permanent death blow as he took our sin and shame upon himself, made it his own and paid the price for it by suffering and dying in our place, upon the cross. When he died the scriptures tell us that the veil that prevented mankind from entering into the Holy of Holies was rent in two from top to bottom. This signifies that you and I are now free to enter into God’s Holy Throne Room, just as we are, to be cleansed forgiven and restored by him, in his very presence!
This is the fulfillment of the request in the above verse: “Do not let the afflicted be turned back in shame!”
God hasn’t let that happen. He has made a way for us to enter into his presence and not be turned back; and that way is Jesus! Now we are free to praise his Holy Name. ~Ron