Wednesday, December 27, 2006

"Thy Name" - Introduction

Psalm 5:11 “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”

The phrase ‘thy name’ is repeated 47 times in the book of Psalms. In 5:11(above) we see that those who love God’s name are joyful in the Lord. In God we find true joy and security. His name reveals to us who God is and what He is like.

Here are a few other “thy name” Scripture verses to consider:

Psalm 8:1 “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.”

Strong points this out for the definition of excellent –

From H142; wide or (generally) large; figuratively powerful: - excellent, famous, gallant, glorious, goodly, lordly, mighty (-ier, one), noble, principal, worthy.

The idea here in 8:1 is that God’s name is excellent or great. And it is so because God is excellent and great. God is glorious, God is mighty, and His name reflects His character.

Psalm 9:2 “I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”

Psalm 9:10 “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

Psalm 22:22 “I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.”

Psalm 44:5 “Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.”

Psalm 61:5 “For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.”

There are many more references about God’s name not only in Psalms but in other books of the Bible as well.

Nehemiah 1:11 “O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.”

Isaiah 25:1 “O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.”

The Bible teaches us all of what we could know about God. We didn’t and couldn’t learn about God on our own in fact, God reveals Himself to us through His Word. The majesty of God’s name has been a blessing to me in my studies. I would like to share this with you and I pray that God would richly bless you as we look into learning more about God through His declared names in the Bible.

1 comment:

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