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Psa. 31:1-24 LET ME NOT BE ASHAMED
Intro: The Psalmist is engaging in prayer before the Lord. As he pours out his heart, it becomes clear that he is going through a difficult time spiritually. His prayer is for the Lord not to fail him, v. 1,17. His desire is to be vindicated in the presence of His enemies.
As I read these words, I see in them more than a plea for help. I also see a statement of faith. This man speaks of several areas of his spiritual life that you and I need to consider this evening. His desire is for help from God, my desire is to show you the areas of life mentioned in which we should never be ashamed. Let's notice these truths as we thing on the thought, "Let me not be ashamed!"
We all know what it is to be ashamed. Webster defines the word as, " feeling shame, guilt, or disgrace; feeling inferior or unworthy" We all know what being ashamed means, not from a textbook definition, but because we have all experienced times in life when we have been ashamed. And, certainly, there are things about us of which everyone ought to be ashamed. By the same token, there are some things related to our relationship with God of which we should never be ashamed! That is what I want to share with you tonight. So, let's look at the thought, "Let me never be ashamed!"
I. V. 3a, 5, 14b, 16 TO POSSESS HIM
II. V. 1, 14 TO PROFESS HIM
III. V. 2, 17, 22 TO PRAY TO HIM
IV. 4, 7, 21 TO PRAISE HIM
(Ill. 64 Psalms discuss praise!)
V. V. 4, 5, 7b, 9, 20 TO PRESENT MYSELF TO HIM
VI. 23, 24 TO PRESCRIBE HIM
Conc: Never be ashamed of anything to do with the Lord! I'll guarantee you that He is never ashamed of you, Heb. 11:16.