September 1, 2013

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

Understanding this verse requires knowing the feelings about names and naming back in David’s day, and really, throughout the period the Bible was written. A name was seen as integral with that person’s essence, so to speak, so great care was taken in the naming of infants, and it was a matter of extreme importance when God gave someone a new name, as in Abram becoming Abraham, and Jacob becoming Israel. That is to say, knowing God’s Name was equivalent to knowing God. Actually, today very few people think of God in terms of His covenant Name of Yahweh, and those who think of Him in terms of the mistranslation of that Name, as Jehovah, are generally mistaken in various other ways as well. However, today we know and love the Name of His Son, and in whatever form – Jesus, Yesu, Yeshua, or whatever – it is powerful indeed. That Name means “Yahweh is salvation,” and right there we have the key to life itself. The better we know Jesus and the reality expressed in His Name, the more we will trust Him, the more we will depend on Him. He indeed does not discard those who seek Him, just as this verse says.

I had the great privilege of growing up with an understanding of the Name of the Lord, and though my obedience has been far from perfect, that knowledge has been a rock, a literal lifesaver for me. I can hardly imagine what my life would have been had I turned more actively away from Him, and I don’t really want to think about it. As it is, I can say with the words of the song, “The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.” Life is not a picnic, and as I have quoted a couple of times recently, growing old isn’t for wimps! Jesus’ words in John 16:33 that I referenced just a few days ago are certainly true, and they are a source of glorious comfort and peace for all who indeed know Him.

Father, thank You for the message You’ve given me for this morning of “Choosing Faith.” Thank You for the opportunity You’re giving me even now to choose to believe and trust You, regardless of what doctors or anyone else says. Thank You for the incredible privilege of knowing You through Your Son and by Your Spirit. Thank You that Your grace is sufficient for me, no matter what. May I be an open channel of that grace to all around me, in word and deed, so that they may be be encouraged, built up, and drawn to know You better, for their blessing 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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