Uphold me according to your word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
I. A GREAT GOOD. Hope always implies —
1. A future.
2. A good in the future.
3. An attainable good.
II. A GREAT EVIL. Shame. Some are ashamed of that which cannot be helped, ashamed of the poverty of their ancestry, the supposed uncomeliness of their person, or of the condition in which they have been placed in life. Some are ashamed of that in which they ought to rejoice, ashamed even of the Gospel. Some are ashamed of that of which they have been guilty. This is remorse, and remorse is misery.
III. A GREAT EVIL RISING OUT OF A GREAT GOOD. We are ashamed of our hope —
1. When the object has proved to be worthless.
2. When the object has proved to be unattainable.
Parallel VersesKJV: Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.