THE BEAUTIFUL NAME

Psa. 91:14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My NAME.
Sometimes when I am flying in a plane I wonder about what is going on in the towns and villages below. Flying over East Africa I have wondered about the tribal villages and the challenges those folks would face on a daily basis. What was it like to live in a relatively primitive world just struggling for food and water from day to day? Then there was the urban life of the major cities in America, flying at 35000 feet you wonder what kinds of problems are unfolding in the lives below? Whether you live in a village, the inner city, or on a farm out in the country all of us have drama, normally on a daily basis. Today’s verse can give us another perspective; how to be in the world but unaffected by the chaos that often surrounds us. This verse says that those who know His Name will be set on high. Knowing His Name is describing a real relationship with God. It is not just knowing the magic name or formula to chant, it is talking about a living relationship with a living God. Here’s how McClaren describes this powerful promise.
“We have another great promise… ‘I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.’ That is more than lifting a man up above the reach of the storms of life by means of any external deliverance. There is a better thing than that—namely, that our whole inward life be lived loftily. If it is true of us that we know His name, then our lives are ‘hid with Christ in God,’ and far below our feet will be all the riot of earth and its noise and tumult and change. We shall live serene and uplifted lives on the mount, if we know His name and have bound ourselves to Him, and the troubles and cares and changes and duties and joys of this present will be away down below us, like the lowly cottages in some poor village, seen from the mountain top, the squalor out of sight, the magnitude diminished, the noise and tumult dimmed to a mere murmur that interrupts not the sacred silence of the lofty peak where we dwell with God.”
There may be a riot going on all around you (there probably is). In this place of intimacy, knowing the beauty of His name, we are shielded. The stuff can’t even touch us.

2 Replies to “THE BEAUTIFUL NAME”

  1. Amen. I will never forget the time I heard Jesus call my name. I was in a Bethesda class in 2001. Before class started I heard Him call “Jane”. I turned around to see who it was. Then I heard “I love you”. It was a soft gentle whisper in my ear.
    His love surrounds me in the “eye of the storm”.

  2. The quote “if we know His name and have bound ourselves to Him, and the troubles and cares and changes and duties and joys of this present will be away down below us.” That’s IF we know HIS name. Wow

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