Psalm 25:3 Wait for the Lord (part 1)

Psa. 25:3 ” Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.”

David starts this Psalm by stating that “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.  O my God, in you I trust.”  We can only entrust our soul to God.  He is able to care for our souls in the manner in which he knows best––even when there is much affliction and hardship.  When the enemy presses in, and the heart needs safe keeping, God alone can give the protection it needs.

Enemies seek to shame and exult over their conquered foes. Should they conquer, they would parade the conquered king through a city or hang him publicly.  David cried out to the Lord and he asked that he may not be put to shame or have his enemies exult over him (v.2).  Then, just a verse later,  he  reminds himself that all those who wait for God, none shall be put to shame.  (v.3)

I think this shame refers to shame that would be felt toward God, not toward others because God alone is the judge who sees those who are wantonly treacherous.  Was David above being shamed before man?  Surely not.  But those who wait upon the Lord will not be put to shame before Him.  In His presence there will be no shame because of one who would come after David who would scorn the shame and lay down his life to death, even death on a cross!  He took the shame of the sin that was due us that we might stand before him blameless and unashamed (1 John 2:28).

Wait for the Lord.  He has brought final victory and you will not be ashamed if your trust is in Him.

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