Honor and Shame in the Psalter

My friend, Dustin Shramek, has written an important paper called, Honor and Shame in the Psalter.  Here is an excerpt:

In western society we most often associate salvation with the forgiveness of our sins--the removal of our guilt and restoration of our innocence. This is certainly a true and important aspect of salvation, but it fails to recognize all that the Gospel accomplishes in our lives. We say yes and amen to 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” But then we pass right over texts like 1 Peter 2:6-7, “For it stands in Scripture: ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.’ So the honor is for you who believe.” 

This is certainly not the perspective of the psalmists. Repeatedly they cry out that they not be put to shame, but that God deliver them. “In you [God] our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame” (Ps 22:4-5). The deliverance that we so long for is intimately tied up in not be put to shame! “Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed” (Ps 34:5). This is the hope for those who wait on the Lord. This is the hope for those who take refuge in him.