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Those Who Know Your Name

April 25, 2016

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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.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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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.

Philippians 3:12

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