By Your Name
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 reputation, fame, glory, 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.”
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.