Day 16: The Importance of Honor

"May those who hope in You, not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, the LORD Almighty;

may those who seek You not be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel."

Psalms 69:6, NIV 


One of the things that made David such a good man was his honor. Now we all know that David had sinned in the case of Bathsheba, but he immediately took care of that and once again became that man of honor. Still, the damage had been done and this one slip had great consequences.


How often do we hear of a preacher who has gone astray? It seems all too common to hear of this religious leader or that committing some terrible sin. While we might think that it affects no one but himself, of course, this is not true. Those who had put their trust in him, no matter how ill-advised it might have been to trust in man, also wear the shame from being closely associated with one who brought dishonor to himself.


But as bad as it can be to bring shame to your fellow man, it is nothing compared to the dishonor that we bring to Jesus when we do our evil deeds while wearing the name "Christian". It's like a philandering husband or an unfaithful wife - the adulterous mate brings disgrace upon the faithful spouse and upon the children, and the family name is now soiled.


This is why we must be so careful, we who wear the name of Christ! There are so many non-Christians who get great satisfaction in revealing the hypocrisy of those who claim to be righteous but are not, so we must be doubly careful to bring no shame to our Lord and Savior and His church. It is a serious matter to wear the name of the King, so we must do our best to bring Him honor and glory. And the One who gave His life that we might live is truly worthy of that type of respect and love.


If you have been doing things that might bring shame to the work of Christ, why not take David's determination as your own and do your best to honor God and Christ as They deserve. Not only will it give Them the respect that They deserve, but you might be surprised at how people will respect those who respect God.


"No one whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame."

Psalms 25:3 NIV 


Today is day 16 of the 30 day challenge to read through the books of wisdom, with Psalms 61-70 being the reading for today. May God richly bless you as you seek to bring honor to He and His Son!