Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Names of God- Introduction Part 2

David wrote:

Some boast in chariots, and some in horses;
but we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.
Psalm 20:7

In Old Testament days, chariots and horses were two means of protection and escape. Today our chariots and horses come with different labels, shapes, and forms. Even so, they are still a visible means of help, escape, or protection. Yet are these really a source of safety? No.

The horse is prepared against the day of battle:
but safety is of the LORD.
Proverbs 21:31

Why don't we turn to Him? Why do we hesitate to run into the arms of our all-sufficient God? Why is it that many collapse in the day of trouble and testing? Why are they immobilized rather than taking an aggressive stand in the face of fear?

I think it's because most of us don't really know our God. We don't understand His great power and might. We don't comprehend His fierce love and unspeakable tenderness. And because we don't know Him as we should, we can't boast in the name of our God.

What do I mean when I say, "Boast in the name of our God"? To boast in means to have confidence in, to trust in. To boast in God's name means to have confidence in His name. To know His name means to know Him. To boast in His name is to have a settled confidence in everything that He is!

In the day of trouble or need, we are to run to our God, to put the full weight of our trust in Him. That is why He says,

"Call upon me in the day of trouble:
I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."
Psalm 50:15

Is your heart troubled? Is fear lurking in the shadows of your consciousness? Do you feel insecure about anything at all? I believe that every problem in our lives can be traced back to an inadequate or incorrect knowledge of God, or a lack of faith and trust in His person and His ways. We know so little of this wonderful God who loves us! In the next few posts, as we explore His Word together, ask Him to show you one of His names that will meet your need.

Then, when He shows you (and He will), tell Him that you will boast in that name!

With that kind of boasting, God is well pleased.


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