He Comes Running

He Comes Running 

Psalm 34:4-5 

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; 

    he delivered me from all my fears. 

5 Those who look to him are radiant; 

    their faces are never covered with shame. 


The difference between guilt and shame is that guilt is felt for something that we do, while shame is something felt for who we are.  If allowed shame becomes our very persona; identifying us as eternal failures, captivating us, and then suffocating us within its vicious grip.   


Shame was never intended by God.  It is a byproduct of fear and insecurity.  It believes that a person is the sum of his/her mistakes and is beyond repair.  It is an effective tool of the enemy.  It is a method by which he renders man ineffective in God’s kingdom.  Crippling man under the weight of a life defined by defeat and judgment.  A device completely counter to the gospel of Jesus.  So, God gave us the gospel as remedy. 


While shame teaches man he is empty and bankrupt,  the gospel teaches that he/she was so valuable to God that the Father bankrupted Heaven through the atoning work of His Son Jesus to have man for Himself.  The Psalmist here reminds us that if we’ll only seek Him, He’ll not only answer our call, but will deliver us from all fear and insecurity.   


I read this and immediately think of the Father portrayed in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15).  When the prodigal realized the error of his ways, and in shame came home to his father, the father (in waiting) ran the length of the property to embrace his missing repentant child.  To care for him, throw a party for him, and to shower him with affection and attention.  To show him just how incredibly valuable he was. 


This is the Father that Jesus spoke of in said parable.  This is the Father that the Psalmist speaks of in this Psalm 34.  And, this is the Father waiting for you this morning.  Our Heavenly Father, who seeks to bandage the bruised, cover the naked/exposed, and to shower the shamed with affection and attention.  Walk towards Him this morning, He is running to you.