October 1, 2012

Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Languages are interesting in their nuances. Where the English says “trust,” the Japanese expression is more like “depend on.” Such things make me glad there will be absolutely no language barriers in heaven! Likewise, we don’t attach so much meaning to knowing someone’s name. In David’s day, names were seen as being an essential part of someone’s being, and knowing their name gave you a handle on them, so to speak. In English today, and particularly in the US, the names of the Father and the Son are used perhaps more in swearing and cursing than with respect and love. That’s quite a contrast to the third of the 10 Commandments! (Exodus 20:7) A more culturally sensitive paraphrase of this verse might say, “Those who know who You are and what You are like, trust/depend on You.” Actually, when we fail to trust God fully we are demonstrating that we don’t know Him fully, but then, as Paul pointed out, we won’t know Him fully until we are face to face with Him in heaven. (1 Corinthians 13:12) Meanwhile, our lives on earth are to be spent in getting to know Him better, because the better we know Him, the better we will love Him and the better we will serve Him.

My life has certainly been a pilgrimage in getting to know/love/serve God more. I have no recollection of ever not knowing of God. A couple of years ago I came across a carbon copy of our family Christmas newsletter from when I was five years old, and found myself quoted: “Mommy, I really, really love you, but I don’t love you nearly as much as I love Jesus.” I can only wish that attitude had been maintained more consistently throughout my life! My commission and life work is in teaching others about Him, and that is a high privilege indeed. I cannot grab people’s heads, turn them toward Jesus, and pry their eyes open (as much as I might like to do that sometimes!) but I can share His Word and my experience with them, and let the Holy Spirit use those to open the eyes of their hearts. For that to happen, I need to do all I can to keep my life and character from being a distraction from Christ. That is, my life must be consistent with the message I preach. That’s a constant challenge! To meet it, I need to be pressing in constantly to know my Lord more and more, and thus love and serve Him better.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You that You indeed never turn away those who seek You. I pray that You would use me more and more to spark people to seek You, so that in seeking they may find You, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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