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Psalm 71:1-14, Never Put to Shame

Key Verse

In you, O Lord, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
— Psalm 71:1

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, April 16, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Neuroscientists and psychologists alike have shown the potential destructiveness of shame in a person’s life. Shame can be an insidious, creeping shadow that seems to follow you throughout your life. Children who are exposed to shaming often find later in life that stress levels are still going through the roof.

Fellow Hazelden author and respected speaker Brené Brown has much to say about shame. Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

I find it peculiar that scripture often confronts the shame-based society that was present during the time when many books of the Bible were written.

Maybe there’s something to be learned here, that God is not ultimately about shaming a person, but wants to help them claim their own dignity.


Does shame play a role in your life? How?


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