"THE NAME OF THE LORD"
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe"- Proverbs 18:10
Solomon observed the name of the Lord as a strong tower, a place of comfort; a place of deliverance; and a place of safety. He saw it as a place where one could ascend, and from its many parapets, view the surrounding world and yet be safe from the world. Since God is so great, it is impossible for us to know everything there is to know about Him. But by way of word picture, His glorious works and attributes are displayed by His many titles and NAMES. As we view this tower, we find a parapet for every challenge and obstacle in this life. By faith, we must ascend, daily, within this strong tower and enter into our parapet of need.
In Genesis, chapter 22, God appeared to Abraham as Jehovah-jireh. This glorious attribute of God reveals His ability to provide for His people what they cannot provide for themselves. As Abraham and Isaac ascended Mt. Moriah, Isaac said, "Behold, the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" By faith, Abraham ascended into the parapet of Jehovah-jireh and said, "My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering." As we view Calvary, we must, by faith, enter into the same parapet and observe Christ as the sacrifice for our sins, a sacrifice in which we could not provide for ourselves. We must abandon the parapet of our own works and by faith, enter into the parapet of Jehovah-jireh. Have you found this parapet?
In his 23rd Psalm, David spoke of God as Jehovah-rohi. This divine accolade depicts the character of God as "a shepherd". As David slew the lion and the bear to protect his father's sheep, so Christ has slain the beast and the false prophet to protect and secure His Father's sheep. The devil and all of his angels have not the power to pluck the most helpless lamb out of His fold. Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand"- John 10:27-29. What a great tower His name is!!
In Judges, chapter 6, God introduced Himself to Gideon as Jehovah-Shalom, "The Lord our Peace". Gideon found peace with God as he spake to the angel and did not die. It was Christ who put away the enmity between God and His people, "For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace"- Ephes. 2:14-15. Today, Christ intercedes for us in prayer and in that great day of His return shall peacefully present use to the Father. Surely, this is peace, Jehovah-Shalom, a strong tower.
Countless other titles are provided for our edification: El Olam, "God of eternity", El-Roi, "the Lord that seeth", Elohim, "God the creator", El-Shaddai, "the almighty, all-sufficient God", Jehovah-Hoseenu, "the Lord our maker", Jehovah-Rophi, "the Lord our physician", Jehovah-Nissi, "The Lord our banner", Jehovah, M'Kaddesh, "The Lord who sanctifies you", Jehovah-Tsidkenu, "The Lord our righteousness", Jehovah-Shammah, "The Lord is there", to name only a few. But allow me to conclude our cadence of parapets with David's shepherd Psalm and notice the composite of David's faith: (1) "The Lord is my shepherd"(Jehovah-Rohi); (2) "I shall not want" (Jehovah-Jireh); (3) "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters" (Jehovah-Shalom); (4) "He restoreth my soul" (Jehovah-Rophi); (5) "He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake" (Jehovah-Tsidkenu); (6) "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies" (Jehovah-nissi); (7) "Thou anointest my head with oil" (Jehovah-M'Kaddesh) (8); "Thou art with me" (Jehovah-Shammah). Let us run into this strong tower today, and by faith, claim our parapet of need.
Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Phone 501-337-1115.
by His Grace,
Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.