Those Who Know Your Name
Those Who Know Your Name
Everyone has a reputation of some sort — either good or bad or somewhere in between. Our reputations are based on things like honesty, kindheartedness, work ethics, disposition, concern for others, etc. So, when someone mentions a name, others might recognize that name and (rightly or wrongly) think or say, “Oh yah… that’s the guy/gal who ________.” If they actually know that person, one’s reputation brings up memories and opinions — sometimes based on facts and sometimes not.
Those same kinds of memories and opinions are held in regard to the LORD of lords — sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly, sometimes factual, sometimes not. It can be confusing, but Psalm 9:10 puts it this way,
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
The opinions of many people regarding the LORD simply are not helpful to others, because they don’t really “know” the LORD. Their opinions are based on misinformation from others because the others didn’t know the LORD either. Opinions regarding the LORD fly around the world everywhere in all sorts of media, but they might be baseless.
What the psalmist pointed out is that “those who know Your name will put their trust in You.” Those who have experienced God’s love and forgiveness — those who have understood how God has fulfilled prophecies over thousands of years — those who are thankful for the times God has provided for their needs — these are the ones who have learned to put their trust in the LORD.
Knowing is believing. These people come to know the LORD through hearing His word and the Spirit’s leading them to see the truth in it. As they “seek” the Lord, God lets them find Him and He gives them assurances of His truths as they see its evidence.
When King David made Solomon his successor, he said to him in 1 Chronicles 28:9,
Know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
When we have the least little inclination to let the Holy Spirit work in our hearts, God will mercifully let us find Him. It’s not our doing. It’s just letting God be God in our lives. As we are led to seek the LORD more often, we will come to “know” Him. We will come to “know” the seriousness of our sins and their consequences — and the unfathomable forgiveness we have in Jesus Christ. We will come to see how God has kept all the promises in His word — and we will look for God’s help in every aspect of our lives. We will see the evidence of God’s power in all of creation — and we will realize that God’s power can and will carry us through this life of trials.
There is great peace in knowing the LORD for who He really is. We can get acquainted by delving into His word and honestly seeking Him in prayer. When we finally “know” the LORD, we will trust Him.
Then, with praise for all that God has done for us, we say, “Hallelujah! LORD, thank You for opening our eyes, hearts, and minds to know You in the right way. All praise and honor and glory truly belong to Your name.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.