"And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee." Psalm 9:10
Let us focus on the first part of this verse: "And they that know thy name..."
Who knows the name of the Lord but those who trust in God. Can a righteous man or woman trust in any other person? When we consider and meditate on the LORD and what His name means then we get a better idea of who this God is that we trust in.
We may ask ourselves what is God's name that we should trust in Him? This is a fair question that deserves a right response.
You might recall Pharaoh asking who this God was that Moses spoke about : "And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go." Exodus 5:2
Apparently Moses anticipated the same question in his days for in Exodus 3:13-15 we read:
"And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.
15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations."
The name of God is LORD or Jehovah. God is the I am that I am. This expression is ripe with Deity, with almighty power and eternality.
You can not push back further than God. In the beginning there was only God. At some point in the beginning of time "God created the heaven and the earth" Genesis 1:1
In the Hebrew the word Jehovah is written as YHWH (Yahweh). The Jews regarded this name with Holy reverance and were afraid to use it lest they take His name in vain.
In the Bible a name was often given as a way to describe a person's character or ability. Adam named the animals we are told. Adam also named his wife Eve because she is the mother of all the living Genesis 3:20. God changed Abram's name to Abraham which means the father of many nations Genesis 17:5. Many other examples could be given but now let us turn to the name of God.
God possesses many attributes which are inherent in His name. The word Yahweh or LORD with all capitals is God's name in the Hebrew. The word LORD occurs in the Old Testament over 6800 times. This should give us an idea how important God's name is. The word Lord means adonai and signifies the title of God. Thus we may say God's title is adonai=Lord while God's name is (Yahweh, or Jehovah)=LORD.
Some of the attributes of the LORD include His ever existence. God is eternal with no beginning and no end. This is incomprehensible to the finite mind but every believer in Jesus Christ accepts this truth.
In addition the LORD is immutable, that is, He does not change.
"I am the LORD; I change not." Malachi 3:6 God has this incommunicable attribute of immutability meaning God does not share this with His creation. Man being finite is mutable or changeable because man is a creature of time and space being composed of material substance.
When we consider the greatness of God and His wonderful character as LORD or the great "I am that I am" is there any other person who can fulfill the desire of the Christian? We read in Proverbs 11:3
"The desire of the righteous is only good..."
This desire is good because it comes from God and there is only one that is good and that is God.
"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." Mark 10:18
We may, I think with liberty, read it this way: The desire of the righteous is only God. The righteous person's thoughts tend toward that which is good or godly (of or pertaining to God)
We know the heathen have false gods to which they love and trust.
Because these unbelievers do not know the name of the Lord we would not expect them to put their trust in the LORD.
Most people desire or covet excellent health or wealth or youth or beauty or intelligence. There is nothing wrong with these in themselves because God creates us with health for better or for worse. God gives everybody a measure of wealth for richer or for poorer. Everybody is born with youth and everybody ages howbeit at different rates.
God gives physical beauty but He also calls it a vain thing in itself. The intellect is God's handiwork with some people having a large measure of intelligence and others with lower measures but most with an average measure.
We know that not many are called by God into His kingdom who are "wise after the flesh..." 1 Corinthians 1:26
What makes these things bad is when people come to desire them above the true and living God who reveals Himself as the great I am, Jehovah, or LORD then these things become idols and idols are the gods of pagans.
Idolatry is forbidden by the first two commandments. Read Exodus 20:3-5
Suppose we take one of these gods of the pagans. Let's use money as an example. What would money have to be in order for you to trust in it?
That money is something desired by people all over the world is axiomatic. Real money has real value or at least perceived value and it can be used in exchange for food and shelter but only when it is accepted as a medium of exchange for these commodities. Keep in mind, however, that these commodities are only good for this world and for time. They are worthless after death. They have no power to answer prayer or to speak a word of comfort or to save from the wrath of God and yet there are many who trust and love money above all else. These people know money like the back of their hand because they trust in it and they love it. Money is their god or idol. It is one if not the chiefest of their desires or affections instead of the Lord who is the great I am.
It should be evident among believers that those who love a person will know that person in an intimate or particularly close way as in parents and their children or as a husband and a wife. The latter ofcourse includes a sexual intimacy not allowed in any other as in "And Adam KNEW Eve his wife; and she conceived..." Genesis 4:1
The presupposition of love is that the object of love will be known. They that love know and trust in that which they love. God is love and love will be known because love will be
Thus Christians who know the Lord will hear his voice, for how can they know Him unless they hear Him?
Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice..." John 10:27
"While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." Matthew 17:5
Do you hear the voice of God? You will if you are one of His sheep.
Only by listening intensely to the voice of God, as found in the Bible, can you come to know Him and trust Him. It is not an audible voice that we seek. The days of hearing God in an audible voice are over. As believers today we seek to hear the word of God from the Bible and by the preaching of the gospel.
The known person, in this case God, will be studied by studying His word both the written word (the Holy Scriptures-the Bible) and the living word in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ who is revealed in the Scriptures:
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." John 5:39
NOTE: The Holy Scriptures are said to testify of Jesus. Is there any better way to get to know the Lord Jesus than by studying His word?
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15
Thirdly, There will be a desire for the Lord. Here we find David seeking after that which he desired: "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple." Psalm 27:4
Fourthly, Love will be obeyed. Jesus said, "If you love me keep my commandments." John 14:15
James writes to the Christians "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves". James 1:22
Here we see that it is presupposed that Christians both hear and obey which is in keeping with what Jesus taught in John 10:27 about His sheep hearing His voice and following Him, that is, obeying His commands.
Let us know the name of this great God, the LORD, the "I am that I am" for He alone is worthy of our knowledge. There is no other God like Him that we should trust.
May we all as the people of God confess together this truth "And they that know thy name (Jehovah=LORD)will put their trust in thee..." Psalm 9:10
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching.
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