It happens. No matter what you do in this world, you will be challenged by someone with a desire to criticize the work you are doing and bring you down, personally, in the process. The Psalmist prayer seems harsh, until we are in his shoes and have experienced “disgrace by arrogant people” ourselves.
It affects your heart, mind, body and soul. His prayer expresses what he is going through but then asks for relief from it, to be reconciled, and then leaves it to God. His prayer is honest. His prayer is helping him stay focused on God and His Word. The battle of focus is worth fighting, for Jesus went through the same for us. He won with his enduring silence through disgrace that led him to the cross. For us.
“Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me; meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments. Let me be reconciled with all who fear you and now your decrees. May I be blameless in keeping your principles; then I will never have to be ashamed.” Psalm 119:78-80, NLT
DISGRACE: Without grace.
If you are going through this right now, my prayers are with you. This is one of the most gut-wrenching, soul-searching, mind distracting, heart breaking times on our journey through this life. But the Rock is higher than all of us. Cling to the Rock that is higher than us and ask for help in “higher ground” thinking and behaving. Cling to Christ. Stay forgiven and stay focused on His Word and your Walk with Him. HE is not without grace.
Dear Heavenly Father,
This is tough stuff for us but You know that. You suffered disgrace, being lied about, and then you were crucified. Why would I go to anyone else but you? You are all I need. You are life. We praise You for bringing us through the good and the bad. We praise You for the lessons learned in those challenging moments. Help us stay focused on You, eyes on You, hearts and souls with You. Always.
In Jesus Name, Amen