Well may we ask, “What is there in a name?” Our names seldom say what we truly are. Mr. Long may be far shorter than others in his age group and race. Mr. Brown may have white skin, and a man named Daniel–which name means “my judge is God”–may be a man who walks in a way that reveals anything but trust in God as his judge.
But when we consider God’s name, we must insist that He is everything that His name declares. He is the Almighty One, the self-sufficient Jehovah, who needs nothing and no one outside of Himself. He is Lord and must not simply be called such.
It is for that reason that David, in Psalm 54:1, 2, writes, “Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength. Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.” For there is nothing and no one from whom He cannot save us. David uses His name Elohim here, which means the Almighty One. That not only makes our prayer wise, but it gives us the confidence that God can save us.
Therefore our versification has it thus:
Oh save me by Thy name
And judge me in Thy might;
O God, now grant my urgent claim
Acceptance in thy site.
The salvation for which David prays is not merely from the enemies of flesh and blood, but also from Satan and his host, and thus also from the power and love of sin that holds us as we are by nature, and because of which we deserve to be judged worthy of the same punishment as that to be given to Satan, the fallen angels, and all unbelievers.
But consider that God’s name also is Savior. And when we pray to Him to save us and judge us by His name, we are asking for the benefits of the cross of Christ, namely the full blotting out of our sins. Then we need not fear God’s wrath, nor anything Satan and his host can do to us.
Never, then, no never, forget in your prayers to ask for salvation from sin. And never, no never, approach the Almighty God in any other way then through His Son, who earned the right of salvation for us.
Read: Psalm 54
Psalter versification: 147:1
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.