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Then shall I not be ashamed,
when I have respect unto all thy commandments
~ Psalm 119:6
To be ashamed is to feel guilt or worthlessness. Both are the result of sin, the transgression of God’s law. The Psalmist knew this from bitter experience. He confessed:
Before I was afflicted I went astray
I have gone astray like a lost sheep
By God’s help, he will be delivered from shame.
Commandments here are constitutional commands. The word is used 22 times in this Psalm and is one of the related words that reference the Word of God. The word signifies commands given with authority. Authority makes all the difference in commands. I could go out into my neighborhood and begin proclaiming commands to all who are there, but they will have no binding power for I have no authority to so command. I would be mocked and spurned, or worse. The underlying power here is obviously the sovereign Creator. He has the authority to both command and expect obedience.
The word also refers to command given to us in trust. We are to observe them yes, but we are also to preserve them. We are to keep them in both senses and pass them on to proceeding generations.