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The Best Recovery Psalm – verses 1-3

October 27, 2009

Psalms are a great place to camp out when you are going through the struggles of sexual recovery.  Psalm 25 is incredibly relevant for those us.  During this blog series, we’ll read through this psalm with “recovery eyes” and highlight topics that can help you and me on our journey to stay sexually pure. 

 Psalm 25:1-3

1[a] To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;

2 in you I trust, O my God.
       Do not let me be put to shame,
       nor let my enemies triumph over me.

3 No one whose hope is in you
       will ever be put to shame,
       but they will be put to shame
       who are treacherous without excuse.


This is big deal.  Our souls have decayed.  Our insides and our heart are dark and troubled.  A turning point for the person in sexual recovery is when they begin lifting their insides to God.  Lift your junk to Him.  Lift your hurts, emotions, anger, frustrations, struggles… lift it all to Him.  King David knew how important it was and started off his psalm with this declaration. 


Lifting our junk to God is one thing.  Putting our trust takes it to a deeper, different level.  Trust is faith.  Trust is letting go and letting God be in control.  Addicts are such control freaks.  We like to be in control and shun the thought that things are out of our reach.  The person in recovery realizes his behaviors are out of control.  He realizes it is impossible for him to recovery on his own.  A switch goes off in our hearts and we realize that we have to trust God and surrender it to Him.

 Trusting God involves our future too.  We have made a mess of our lives, and we don’t know where all the pieces are going to land.  God is never surprised.  God never falls apart.  He is the only one we can be with that will be solid all the way through.  He is the only one who has the future perfectly in His grasp. 

 Trust is a big one!


We are shamed when we are embarrassed and dishonored.  Porn and lust definitely cause that effect don’t they.  We feel worthless.  We feel like our life is stolen from us.  We feel like our addiction is triumphing over us. 

There is no shame for those who are “In Christ”.  Shame is not in the identity of the person whose life is turned over to God.  If you willfully sin, you will experience shame.  But if you are seeking God, any shame will not come from Him. 

Our challenge is to ask God to take away the shame.  He replaces it with a sense of value.  God values you and me and has to do the work inside our hearts to realign our identity. 


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