All the Feels | Day Five
By: Taylor Cage | Shame | To type in your answers to today’s study, click here.
Shame is a basic human emotion we all experience, but we don’t always have a name for it. The dictionary defines shame as, “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.” Sound familiar?
We often confuse the feelings of shame and guilt, and therefore we don’t address them as we should. Ultimately, shame is different from guilt because shame has more to do with how you see yourself and guilt has more to do with how you see your sin. For instance, you might feel shame for not measuring up to the world’s standard of beautiful or when you’re left off an invite list. You might feel it when you’re not welcome at a certain lunch table, or you don’t make a sports team.
Shame is the feeling you get when you don’t feel good enough. Shame tries to label you, but as a daughter of God, you should not be defined by anyone or anything but the Word of God.
Over and over again in Scripture, we are reminded children of God will not be put to shame. God doesn’t want His daughters to be defined by shame from circumstances within or without our control. In the end, shame is simply another feeling we can give over to God and turn into worship!
So before you open your Bible today, stop and ask God to do a huge work in your heart today. Ask God to free you from any shame that you’re harboring, consciously or unconsciously.
READ Psalm 31:1-13.
In his first verse, what does David petition the Lord for?
How does David describe the Lord in this psalm?
Why does David say he can rejoice in the steadfast love of God?
In verses 9-12, what is David experiencing?
Have you ever felt like David in these verses?
READ Psalm 31:14-24.
What does David do with his shame?
Once again, we see the psalmist lay down emotions and feelings before the Lord and turn them into worship. David chooses to trust God over His feelings and in many cases, we have to make the same choice. Particularly in the case of shame, we as daughters of God, have to be diligent to claim God’s Word as truth over our emotions. The enemy would love nothing more than to keep us trapped in a tangled web of shame rather than living in the freedom of Christ!
How does turning to God affect the psalmist’s state of mind in this chapter?
Why does David bless the Lord?
How does David challenge other believers toward the end of the psalm?
After reading through this psalm of David, write out a prayer or a psalm of your own to God, praising Him for freedom from shame. Turn your feelings into worship! Just like David did, ask God to allow His face to shine upon you and to keep you from shame.