“Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.”
The Psalmist feared that he would get in the way or interfere with the Lord’s work. Oh, that we all had this attitude! We should never be unafraid of hindering something He desires to do by depending on ourselves.
The Reproach of Sin
“Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.”
David feared that his sin would hinder someone else from having faith in the Lord. Our individual sin could deter someone from seeing the Truth, but our nation’s sin could distract others as well.
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
The Reproach of Scorn
Sometimes we don’t even realize the result of scorn within our lives. Our words and our opinions can occasionally do more harm than good.
“We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.”
“for thy judgments are good.”
Though reproach can have its effects, the Word of the Lord will never return void. May we remember to yield to the Holy Spirit working in and through us, instead of becoming a hindrance; for it is not us that can do the work, but Christ in us that can make the difference.
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must fear the reproaches that could hinder others in their walk within the Word of God.
Exodus 26-27 | Matthew 18 | Psalm 8
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