How to Not Be Ashamed

Posted by Emma on February 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Filed under:Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.” Psalm 119:80 (KJV)

“May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame!” Psalm 119:80 (ESV)

“My heart is perfect in Thy statutes, so that I am not ashamed.” Psalm 119:80 (YLT)

While studying this verse I looked at three different translations. All three read different and together give the most thorough understanding of the verse.

I could not find a meaning for the first word in this verse, יהי (yehi). The next word לבי (liby) is a noun meaning the heart, inner man, mind, or will. It is what makes you who you are, your emotions, thoughts, soul. All of that often gets merged together into one word, heart. The word תמים (tamim) means complete, sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity. This word is an adjective describing the heart of the psalmist. Those words make me think of Christ and the heart washed by His blood.

The main part of the word בחקיך (bechukecha) means a statute or something prescribed. This is what God has given us to do. It is a synonym for His law and words in the Bible. The ב (beit) at the beginning means in.

למען (lema’an) is a conjunction meaning in order that. The word לא (lo) means not. The final word in this verse is אבוש (evosh), a verb meaning be ashamed. The Psalmist keeps His heart pure in order that he will not be ashamed.

The last part of this verse reflects verse 78 which states, “let the insolent be put to shame.” Those who rebel against God will be put to shame. Those who wholly follow Him will not be.

The Psalmist’s heart is pure, sound, complete, innocent in God’s statutes, His words. That is where our heart can also be pure, innocent, and complete. God sent His Son, the living Word, into the word to take away our sin if we believe in Him. He died on the cross and rose again for you. All you have to do is believe.

If you believe then your heart is complete, pure, and innocent in Christ, the living Word. However, we still live in our sinful bodies and so though our spirits are born new, our body is not. To keep our body and mind pure we must cleanse them daily with the Word of God. We should meditate on it, study it, and have it fill our being. That is how we will keep ourselves pure on earth.

So believe in the Living Word and cleanse your mind with God’s statutes. That will keep you from being ashamed. God is all the matters. Make Him your all!

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