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By Your Name

January 26, 2017

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By Your Name

David was  on the run.     King Saul knew  that God wanted David  to be Israel’s king,  but he was jealous  for his throne.     Saul knew  he had lost his right  to be king  because of his unfaithfulness  to God,  but somehow felt  he could remain king  if he could kill David.

So,  David was  on the run  from one hiding place  to another  as Saul kept after him.     And then came the time  when some people  in the town  of Ziph knew  where David was.     They reported it  to Saul  and agreed to help Saul  capture David.     When David was aware  of the danger,  he sang  in Psalm 54:1-3,

Save me,  O God,  by Your name,
And vindicate me  by Your power.
Hear my prayer,  O God;
Give ear  to the words  of my mouth.  

For strangers  have risen  against me
And violent men  have sought  my life;
They have not set God  before them.

What did David mean?     How can God’s  “name”  save?     The word  “name”  in Hebrew  includes the meanings  of reputationfameglory,  and memorial.      From the beginning  of creation,  the LORD  has had a reputation  of being the one and only Almighty.     God’s reputation  with His people  is one of saving them  and leading them  through all sorts  of situations.

Throughout scripture,  God has been called  many names  to describe  His greatness.     Just a few include:  Creator,  Redeemer,  Savior,  Almighty,  Helper,  Rock,  Fortress,  Father,  King,  Judge,  Comforter,  Teacher,  Sustainer,  Light,  and Deliverer.

All this  —  and more  —  describe God  and what we need  to know  about Him.     We have not seen God,  but we see His reputation  in all He has done.     So,  we know His  “name” saves,  because that is who  and what  He is.     Like David,  we pray to Him  and give thanks  to Him.

Thankful  for God’s great  “name”,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for delivering us  by Your name  in our troubles.”

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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