” Because of you I look like an idiot, I walk around ashamed to show my face.” Psalm 69:7
My daughter had a student who once appeared on the “Wheel of Fortune.” He’s a young guy–perhaps nineteen. On a couple of occasions during the taping of the show, he mispronounced the word or gave the wrong word for a fairly obvious answer to the puzzle. One could see a vail of shame decend upon his face for screwing up. For a few months he silently carried shame in his heart, as he signed an agreement not to divulge the outcome of the show until it aired.
On the night of the showed aired, he among his best buddies who watched him view his mistakes on the TV. Again, he relived the shame, but this time it was different. His friends embraced him when he goofed up and turned the evening into a celebration of fun and laughter–after all he went to the big wheel and walked away with over $11,000!
Like David, who felt shame for all he had done that displeased God, this young student had no need to feel ashamed or feel like an idiot. Everyone makes mistakes, screws up, or has a memory lapse. In verse 18, David pleads, “Come close, God; get me out of here. Rescue me from this deathtrap.”
Dear God, thank you for throwing us a lifeline when we screw up. Amen.