A friend for all seasons – Psalm 25

I listened to a radio item on shame the other day. I hadn’t realised that guilt is what I feel about wrong things I’ve done. Shame on the other hand, is how I feel my wrongdoing is being received by others – how I feel about myself through their eyes. When I say sorry, and am forgiven, my guilt is dealt with, and I can be free of it. What can hold me back, is the awareness of what others might think of me. Shame. Those who hope and trust in God, says David, don’t need to feel ashamed. They can choose not to wear it. (Psalm 25:3). Those who reject God’s offer of love and forgiveness have no choice but to suffer shame as well as guilt.

When you’ve got a problem, your mind whizzes round all the people you know, to find someone who can help you out. Some people won’t have the skills, or the time. Others wouldn’t be suitable, or you couldn’t trust. Some you couldn’t ask because you haven’t got a good enough relationship with them. You’d feel guilty asking some, because they’ve helped you out a lot and you don’t feel you can ask again. Some you might have hurt or let down. If you’re lucky, and have plenty of friends, there will be one or two you might just ask…

David had a heap of problems. Most of them could not be solved by any of his friends. But when he’d done agonising, it turns out he did have a good enough relationship with God to ask him. He found he was always to be trusted, always capable, always willing. The one friend he could hope in, no matter what. That’s our God. What a friend!


About widemargin

Retired special needs teacher. Mother, grandmother, widowed after nearly 43 years of happy marriage. So glad I have my Lord Jesus to help me through every day. My aim is to hear what God is speaking for me, this day, this moment, through what I read in his Word, together with the experiences of everyday life. He's the best teacher!
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