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June 13         Today’s Reading: Psalm 6-16

“I will praise the, O Lord, with my whole heart.”

Psalm 9:1


Oh, that God would give me grace at every day’s beginning and every night’s end, and throughout every hour between to praise him with my whole heart, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost for all he is and all he does, has done, and shall hereafter do!

            As we read through the psalms, we are distinctly taught and led by God the Spirit to give praise to God, the triune Jehovah, for his name. The Psalmist David declares of God our Savior, “They that know thy name will put their trust in thee.” God’s name is the revelation of his character. Here are ten names by which the Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, reveals his character to us. May God the Holy Spirit cause us to know his name and put our trust in him.

  1. Jehovah-hoseenu — “The Lord Our Maker” (Psalm 95:6) He who is the Lord our Maker, not only made us, he has made us his people (1 Samuel 2:22).
  2. Jehovah-jireh — “The Lord will Provide” (Genesis 22:13-14). Just as the Lord God provided a substitute for Isaac on Mt. Moriah, so he provides all things for his elect in Christ our Substitute. This is the message of the gospel. The Lord saw our need and provided a Substitute to fill that need. Jehovah-jireh is the constant object of our faith in both salvation and providence.
  3. Jehovah-rapha — “The Lord that Healeth Thee” (Exodus 15:26). Our lives were bitter until the cross of Christ, the glorious doctrine of the cross, made them sweet by his grace.
  4. Jehovah-nissi — “The Lord Our Banner” (Exodus 17:8-15). As Moses and the children of Israel fought with the Amalekites and won the victory through the strength of Christ, we too prevail only by Christ.
  5. Jehovah-m’kaddesh - “The Lord who Sanctifies You” (Exodus 31:13-14). Sabbath observance was a declaration that the sanctification, or salvation of a sinner, is altogether the work of God (Leviticus 20:7-8). It is our salvation by God’s grace alone that inspires our obedience to him, and causes us to set ourselves apart to his service, his will, and his glory.
  6. Jehovah-shalom — “The Lord our Peace” (Judges 6:24-25).When Gideon saw the Angel of the Lord, he feared that he would die. But “the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.” Christ is our Peace.
  7. Jehovah-raah — “The Lord is My Shepherd” (Psalm 23:1). Christ is our Shepherd. We are his sheep. We are his property. He sustains us by his provision. And we live under his protection.
  8. Jehovah-tsidkeneu — “The Lord our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6). The Lord Jesus Christ is made of God unto us righteousness. He is our righteousness; and we are the righteousness of God in him (Jeremiah 33:16).
  9. Jehovah-shammah — “The Lord is There” (Ezekiel 48:35). Find a believer. — The Lord is there! Find a true Gospel Church. — The Lord is there! Find Heaven. — The Lord is there!
  10. Jehovah-jesus — “The Lord will Save” (Matthew 1:21). He who is the incarnate God has a people in this world. They were his people long before he came into the world. These people were given to him in eternity by his Father. He came here specifically to save his people; and save them he shall. — Everyone of them!

            These are the names of our God and Savior, as he reveals himself in Holy Scripture. Call upon the Name of the Lord, and you shall be saved (Romans 10:9-13). The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; run to it for refuge (Proverbs 18:10).




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