TRUST: In the Name of the Lord our God


In Psalm 20, David conveys the choice that we all have in life. We can either trust in things/people or we can trust in the name of the Lord our God. Now, if you do not believe in Jehovah, trusting in Him is not considered as an option for you. If you claim to believe in Jehovah, then, it is clear what we must do while mired in a difficult situation. We must TRUST: In the Name of the Lord our God.

The Reformation Study Bible as provided by Ligonier Ministries states that the believer’s rescue from sin and Satan, like Israel’s deliverance from enemies, is grounded in God’s trustworthiness. All along, I have purported that it is our belief about who God is, His character, and what God has done, His works, that drive how we respond to God in a crisis. How well we know God dictates our response. Let’s look at the proper response in Psalm 20.

 

Psalm 20

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
    may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.[b]
May he give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.
Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us when we call!

Verse seven is the pivotal verse. Some trust in chariots and horses is a reference to people putting their trust in supposedly superior weaponry in battle. It is an indictment of not trusting in God. It is a sentence of ruin for failing to trust in God. Rather than putting one’s faith in God, some trust in other things only to their failure, demise or ruin.
Christ was handed over and condemned so that any believer in Christ would be spared the eternal consequence of sin – separation from GOD. Romans 8:32 attests to this fact. Romans 8:32 says, “32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” The proposition is that if God will give up His own Son for us why wouldn’t He do everything else that is congruent to saving us. The biggest and most costly part is over – the sacrificing of Christ. It is a matter of formality that God would provide everything else that we need for our full and final glory.
While David did not know of Christ historically like us, we both have placed our faith in Christ. David said that God gives victory to his anointed or God saves his anointed. This was a direct reference to Christ. Just as David believed in Christ, we too must believe in order to experience the victory.
In fact, the text echos a common phrase “in the name of the Lord our God” That is His position, power, reputation, fame and glory.  From Zephaniah 3:12, we know that The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord.  The Word of God says that every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess. Whether now or later, all will acknowledge who God is and what God has done. Why not benefit now? We must TRUST: In the Name of the Lord our God.

Isaiah 45:23-25 NKJV

23 I have sworn by Myself;
The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,
And shall not return,
That to Me every knee shall bow,
Every tongue shall take an oath.
24 He shall say,
‘Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength.
To Him men shall come,
And all shall be ashamed
Who are incensed against Him.
25 In the Lord all the descendants of Israel
Shall be justified, and shall glory.’”

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