There are so many times we struggle with not feeling good enough. This is a struggle we can keep returning to without meaning to. Satan preys on our feelings. His main goal is to get us away from focusing on Christ, and it doesn’t matter who gets hurt along the way. Even if it’s you. Even if it’s me.
He’s gonna try his hardest to make us feel not good enough.
Here’s the thing. We aren’t good enough.
We never will be.
Not by ourselves anyway.
This realization can get us down, and while we’re down we’re useless.
I knew it.
Do you see the cycle?
Let’s get a fresh perspective, shall we?
Come with me – read our text, Psalm 34.
I’d love to draw out some key verses, but I want your thoughts first.
DO: Grab your journal and highlight verses in this chapter of Psalms that shine and soothe.
DO: Please share your answers in our community (comment below) keeping in mind that your answer may be different than mine, or than someone else’s. That’s the beauty of God’s Word; it’s alive and can be used for the varying needs of God’s children.
The verses that touched my aching heart in this chapter were especially verses 5, 7, 10, and 18.
7 and 18: being surrounded by God’s angels, and by the LORD Himself; my broken heart is of great value to Him.
10: I shall not be lacking any good thing. My heart is pure, valuable, precious and complete to Him. Any ‘not-good-enough’ is filled in with Christ.
And last but not least, verse 5:
Psalm 34:5 “Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed.” HCSB
Looking to Him, Creator, wise, holy… GOD, and not being ashamed? How can this be? I look in the mirror and feel ashamed, and I’m me. How can I look to God and not feel ashamed?
Because, Sweet Thing, He chose you, made you, knows you and loves you.
And not only that, but He fills in where we fall short.
Keep a finger in Psalm 34, but go take a look at these verses: Colossians 2:10, and then 2 Peter 1:3.
When He looks at you, He sees Christ’s completion.
Colossians 2:10 “And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” NKJV emphasis mine
(or notice in HCSB, “And you have been filled by Him…” emphasis mine)
Because He is the One who completes us. That’s why He doesn’t see the not-good-enough us that we see! Because He sees perfection. Because He sees Christ.
2 Peter 1:3-4 “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” NIV
We get to participate in His nature.
With this mindset, of course we wouldn’t feel ashamed.
(Before we get too heady about this though, please read how Christ handles this lofty position in Philippians 2:6-8.)
Q: In Philippians 2:7, how did Christ respond to being equal with God?
Turn back to Psalm 34. Here’s the thing I’d like you to see.
When we’re feeling down, and feeling not good enough, we are not seeing ourselves the way God does. We are seeing ourselves as pre-Christ creations, not as the Christ-filled, Christ-transformed (2 Cor 5:17) creation that we are.
More importantly than that, we are not seeing Christ at all.
Yep. You read that right. Re-read Psalm 34 and answer the following questions – personally in your journal, or also in our community in the comments below.
Q: In verse 1, what does David say?
Q: In verse 2, who does David boast in?
Q: In verse 3, who are we to join in magnifying?
Do you get the idea? Keep going if you like, through the whole chapter, making a list of all the times, or circling in your Bible like I did, that you see the following exchange:
I praise – He protects
I praise – He protects
I look to Him – He is near.
Focus on Him – Lose all shame.
I’d like to close with a concept the Lord impressed upon my heart in a Bible study I attended 5 years ago that totally upended my view of God, and transformed my view of relationship with Him from Master-Creator/Slave-servant to Father/Child and all the love, understanding and acceptance that comes with it.
We were looking at 1 Peter 2:3-10.
(I’d like you to glance at it too, so you can have an idea where we were at. Notice the repeat from Psalm 34:8 and 1 Peter 2:3? Don’t you love how God ties things together?)
We looked at the concept of a stone, and how Christ is our cornerstone, holding it all together. God impressed upon me that night how precious we are (vs 9) to Him, and He gave my heart this picture (He often uses pictures with me because He knows it works and stays with me longer. You?):
Picture a diamond, pressured, cut, chiseled, carved. Now picture the prongs where it is set are actually the hands of God. We are that diamond or precious stone.
Repeat these words aloud until you believe them: “I am a stone, set like a jewel in the heart and hands of God.”
Know that. Know, too, that for that stone to be beautiful, it does require pressure, change (2 Cor 5:17 again!) and cutting and carving.
No stone starts out perfect. That’s why I said at the beginning today that we aren’t enough.
Because we’re not enough.
But with Jesus, we are beautiful, and with Jesus, we shine.
Shine, sister. That’s how He sees you, and that’s how He wants you to see yourself.
You are so precious to Him.
I hope you’ve been blessed by this segment on being Set Free. I know I have. We will be starting up another series Lord willing near the beginning of September, but should have a few devotionals in between.
How did your verse-memorizing go?
I’d love for you to share a short video on Twitter or Instagram of you reciting them (use tag #faithspokenof). It doesn’t have to be perfect. Remember what we learned about perfectionism, and today about not being good enough. That’s not the point. The point is you’re hiding His precious Words in your heart.
If you haven’t started yet, that’s fine too- you can start today.
God bless you this week and we’ll see you soon!
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