Monthly Archives: September 2011

Psalm 9: His Name is Jesus

And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. (v.10)

We have had and will face difficult days when trusting God seems impossible. But this verse reminds us of a very important truth – all who know the name of the Lord will put their trust in him. The converse is true: all who put their trust in the Lord know his name. Therefore, it is of first importance that we know the name of the Lord. If we do not rightly know his name, we cannot put our trust in him.

What then is this name to which the psalmist refers? The second half of the verse provides us with a foundation for the answer. He is a God who does not forsake those who seek him. When the psalmist cried out to him, God remembered him in his affliction and delivered him from his enemies.

But God knows that left to ourselves, we are unable to draw near to him or to seek him. Our hearts are too corrupt for that. And so in love he draws near to us first. The reason why he doesn’t forsake those who seek him is because their very seeking is a sign that they are being sought by a God who will redeem them at great cost to himself, namely the death of his Son.

So with the coming of Jesus, we have irrefutable evidence of this very truth. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. (Rom 5: 10). To think that God did not wait for us to cry out to him but drew near to us while we were enemies and died for us demonstrates the depth of his love for us.

Ponder that for a moment. If you have even the slightest desire for God, it means that his heart is already set on you. He did not do so for anything good in you, but out of his own free will. You deserved his wrath, but he gave you his love. We have a God who loves us and gives himself for us in spite of our unloveliness. His name is Jesus.

All who know his name put their trust in him. Will you join their number?

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