The Power of God’s Name!
So much of our confusion, our pain, our indecision, and our wrong decisions come because we do not know God. We may know about Him—we may know what others know or say about Him—but do we know what God says about Himself? Do we know for ourselves His attributes and His relationships with people?
When we know God, there’s a power in our lives—the ability to stand firm. So many today are overwhelmed not only in times of crisis but also in their daily lives because they do not know God and His ways, so they can stand in confidence and strength.
The people who know their God will display strength and take action.
– Daniel 11:32b
Where Do You Turn?
Where do you run in time of need? When you are worried, fearful, tempted or when you feel you cannot run any longer, where do you turn?
Do you turn to your protector, the One who stands waiting for you to come to Him and embrace His security?
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.
– Proverbs 18:10
When you study the names of God you will know where to find help in time of need. God longs for you to know more of Him so that you might fully trust in the name of the LORD and rely on [your] God. (Isaiah 50:10).
What Do You “Boast” In?
Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.
– Psalm 20:7
Where do you turn for help? When you’re in trouble, what is your first instinct? Do you text or call a friend? Do you call out to God?
If we were honest, we would say we ask the counsel of another before seeking God in prayer. Why do we run to man before God?
In the Old Testament chariots and horses were tools of an army against enemies. They were man’s “strength” to win a battle. Today our “chariots and horses” have different shapes and forms. Are they really a source of safety?
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the LORD.
– Proverbs 21:31
Why don’t we run to God first? Perhaps it is because most of us don’t really know God. Why do so many of us collapse in the day of crisis and testing? Why are we immobilized? Why don’t we take an aggressive stand in the face of fear? Because many believers can’t boast in the name of their God!
Boast in the Name of God
To boast in the name of God means to have confidence in God’s name. In the Bible, a name represented a person’s character. God’s name represents His character, His attributes, His nature. To know His name is to know Him. To boast in His name is to have confidence in Him!
When you are in trouble or need turn to God! Put your trust in Him! That is why He says, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” (Psalm 50:1)
What Does God’s Word Say?
Let’s look at Psalm 20 and see what we learn about God that will help in difficult times.
1 May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!
2 May He send you help from the sanctuary and support you from Zion!
3 May He remember all your meal offerings and find your burnt offering acceptable! Selah.
4 May He grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your counsel!
5 We will sing for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
6 Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.
7 Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.
8 They have bowed down and fallen, but we have risen and stood upright.
9 Save, O LORD; May the King answer us in the day we call.
What are the Lord’s promises in this Psalm?
Are there any conditions that need to be met for the promises to be fulfilled?
From what you read in this Psalm, what sets a person securely on high or in a place of security above their circumstances or their situation?
On what basis can we set up banners for victory?
What does the this tell you about the name of God?
Why boast in the name of the Lord?
How will knowing the truths in this Psalm affect your life? In other words, how can you apply what you have seen in Psalm 20?
What is Jesus’ goal for us? Remember, what Jesus prayed for us just before He went to the Cross.
That they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
– John 17:3
The goal of Paul’s life was: “…that I may know Him.” (Philippians 3:10).
Jesus and Paul both knew that knowing God in a deep and intimate way was important. Determine today to begin the process of knowing God more fully by studying His names!
If you do, you will:
• gain power to stand strong
• find strength for difficult times
• find comfort for pain
• find provision for your soul’s deepest needs
As a result, your walk with God will be transformed!