To know the Lord’s name is an unparalleled, yet possibly perilous privilege. The Lord Jesus utters an ominous judgment-day prophecy in Matthew 4:23 that some would prophesy, cast out devils, and do good works in His name. But He will not allow them a place in heaven because they never trusted their soul’s salvation to Him. Theirs was, instead, the ultimate taking of the Lord’s name in vain. Only those who have truly abandoned all hope in themselves understand what it means to pray, “Hallowed be thy name.”
“O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1). “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). “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7). “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name” (Psalm 91:14). “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name” (Psalm 103:1). “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10). “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: The name of the Lord is a strong tower.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (June 22 reading).]