Words from the Heart for Thursday April 27th, 2017
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
Psalm 34:5 (NIV)
Never Covered With Shame
Have you looked in the mirror today? What story does your face tell? Have you ever had the experience that someone has done wrong and can’t look you in the eye? Our God has never had to turn away and hide His eyes from us because He broke His promise. We need never fear that our God will deceive us. When we choose to place our trust in Him we discover just how eternally reliable He is. We will never be put to shame.
Canada nearly always ranks near the top of the list of best countries in which to live. But there are things in our past that we now look back on with shame. For example, in 1936, Fred Christie, a black fan of the Montreal Canadiens, was refused service in the Montreal Forum on account of his race. He took his case to court and in 1940, the Supreme Court of Canada did not find the “”no service for coloreds”” rule to be “”contrary to good morals or public order””. In 1943, Ontario-native Hugh Burnett wrote to federal Justice Minister Louis St. Laurent, informing him that even in uniform, a black man could not be served in any Dresden, Ontario restaurant. He was shocked to receive a reply from the Deputy Minister stating that racial discrimination was not illegal in Canada.
If you’ve ever sat close to a bonfire, before long you feel your face heating up. People who see you would know, by how flushed your face looks, that you’ve been sitting in front of a fire. We would say that you were radiant. The Bible speaks of a similar experience in the spiritual realm. Because of faith in Jesus Christ, we have the incredible privilege of standing before the holy God of the universe. King David describes it this way in Psalm 34:5: “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” When we spend time with our holy God, it shows. People will recognize when we spend time with the Lord. His holy presence will set our hearts aglow. There are two things here. First, there is the glow that comes from being in God’s holy, pure presence. David contrasts that to the face of the person who is not spending time with God and who has not experienced God’s saving grace. Their face is covered with shame. The one whom Jesus has set free is radiant with the joy of sins forgiven and guilt and shame removed. Has Jesus Christ removed your sin? Has He replaced your shame with the radiance of His presence? If not, reach out to Him in faith today. Ask Him to pour His transforming grace into your life. He will replace shame with radiance.
These have been words from the heart.