There is a vast difference between knowing about a per-son and knowing that person. We all know much about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but were they to appear before us today, we would not even be able to distinguish between them, if we saw them as they were at a specific and identical age.
When then in Psalm 76:1, 2 Asaph writes, “In Judah is God known: His name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion,” he means much more than that in Israel men know about God. In fact if anyone knows a great deal about God, it is the devil. But he does not know God. For to know Him means to enjoy His fellowship and love, and to experience all the blessedness that His name expresses. Did you notice? Asaph explains knowing God by stating that “His name is great in Israel.” Our versification also expresses it that way:
God is known among His people,
Ev’ry mouth His praises fill;
From of old He hath established
His abode on Zion’s hill;
There He broke the sword and arrow,
Bade the noise of war be still.
Singing His praises, then, is the sign that we do know Him as our God and Savior. For, dwelling in Zion and having His tabernacle in Salem, that is, in Jerusalem, means that He lives in covenant fellowship with His people, and they taste the blessedness He has prepared for them in Christ. For Christ is pictured in that tabernacle and its priest, and the kings ruling on Mount Zion also represented Him. They knew God in that they tasted His work on the cross and in the exaltation of Christ with power over all things in heaven and on earth.
Whether you and I know Him that way, and to what degree we do, is to be seen in whether and to what degree we praise His name. If we have tasted the peace that He wrought in Christ, we know Him in His love. We know Him in His name Savior.
How much then, and how sincere, is your praise to God? And do you enjoy His nearness and love that upholds you in your spiritual life?
Read: Psalm 76
Psalter versification: 207:1
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.