O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. – Psalm 4:2
Very few of our churches sing the old hymns anymore. This will make me sound like an old lady, but I like the old hymns. I know there are some congregations that have a “blended” service – and try to include a few hymns, but those are becoming fewer and further between.
Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD. – Psalm 83:16
This morning I drove over to QT to pick up some coffee (they make better coffee than I do – and I can afford it). I had a CD playing – one that I burned from favorites on the computer. As I left the driveway, I heard Brad Paisley sing “The Old Rugged Cross” live at the Grand Ole Opry.
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools. – Proverbs 3:35
The Lord spoke to my spirit as I listened to the beautiful words in that old hymn. He said, “Do you hear it?” I said, “Hear what?” He impressed on me that I should listen for the word SHAME.
1 On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it some day for a crown.
2 O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
has a wondrous attraction for me;
for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above
to bear it to dark Calvary. [Refrain]
3 In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
a wondrous beauty I see,
for ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
to pardon and sanctify me. [Refrain]
4 To that old rugged cross I will ever be true,
its shame and reproach gladly bear;
then he’ll call me some day to my home far away,
where his glory forever I’ll share. [Refrain]
United Methodist Hymnal
What I’m about to say will sound like a statement filled with judgment – but it is not, believe me. I prayed about this subject before I started writing. I’m pointing my thumb at myself – my fingers are not pointing to anyone else!
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. – Hebrews 6:6
Feeling shame is an important part of learning the difference between right and wrong. I wonder if the church has lost sight of that. The Bible speaks about many shameful acts that were committed in the past and instructs us on what we should know about it.
What is shame? According to Webster, shame is:
a feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have because you know you have done something wrong
ability to feel guilt, regret, or embarrassment