Words from the Heart for Monday June 17th, 2019
May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
Psalm 70:2-3 (NLT)
Horrified by Shame
When Fred Lee was just one year old, his father said goodbye to him and his mother in China and returned to Canada. He wouldn’t see him for the next 18 years, prevented from joining him by a racist Canadian law. While July 1 is celebrated as Canada Day, for many Chinese-Canadians it is remembered by another name — “Day of Shame.” On July 1, 1923, the Chinese Immigration Act or “Chinese Exclusion Act” was passed. The law stopped all Chinese immigration into Canada and divided hundreds of families like Lee’s for years. It was only repealed in 1946.
Every single human being has something in their past, or maybe even in their present, that they would horrified if it became public. We read in the paper every day lately, it seems, those who have been outed for some past crime, indiscretion, or impropriety. It is obvious by their demeanor that they are horrified by shame. King David had been attacked by his enemies, those who were hungry for power. He knew he was innocent, and so he prays this in Psalm 70:2-3: “May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!” What an appropriate truth for our day. One day all truth will be revealed and all justice will be complete. Those who have been unjustly accused or those who have been abused will get justice. If you have been wrongly accused of something, bring your pain to the Lord. Cry out to Him as David did. And the Lord will see that one day those who are guilty will be horrified by their shame.
These have been words from the heart.