"Then I will not be ashamed, when I gaze upon all Your commandments (Psalm 119:6)." Why would anyone feel ashamed in gazing upon Hashem's commandments? Is David implying that there is something shameful about G-D's word? David is instead teaching us an important psychological truth. When we have a job to do and fail to complete or even begin it, the very sight of the task causes us distress. When we read of a resolution unfulfilled or barely begun, we feel a sense of shame. David, gazing upon Hashem's commandments, is not ashamed nor is he distressed, for he has fulfilled the commandments. He has behaved in accordance with G-D's will, and has used his potential well and in the service of Hashem and his people.
reprinted with permission from Rachel Lerner, 2008