Blessed be the Name

How clearly do you see? How confident are you in the answers to the big questions of life, fate, and the world around you? If you’re like most people, you could be stumbling around in a fog of confusion one day and breaking your back for a fistful of empty longings the next. Life can be hard, confusing, painful, scary, and bitterly disappointing. Trust me, you are not the first person who ever asked the question, ‘where is God in all of this’? Thousands of years ago David, the shepherd king penned these words:

Why, O LORD, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

Do you ever ask the same question? When things are going well do you find it’s hard to make the time to work God in? And what about when life gets really hard? Why is it that when we need Him the most God seems so very far away?

The simple answer is this: we don’t know who God is. If you listen carefully, beneath all the noise and confusion, the lists of things you need to do and lists of things that ought to change, you can hear the true voice of your heart crying out for God.

Hear my voice when I call, O LORD;
be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, LORD, I will seek.

Our pursuit of God is invariably met with His joyful pursuit of us. As we step out by faith and become willing to know Him, He calls us to an ever deeper and richer experience of Himself. And God’s face, His very presence is a river that runs infinitely deep. Even as we draw near to Him and enter the dance, His intimacy pulls us ever closer. Again, we hear the voice within: My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” and our heart answers, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”

In the Bible, God is called by many names and through each of those names He unveils a unique aspect of His character. I would like to use the next several posts to explore some of the names of God and think about what those names reveal about Him and His relationship with us. Quiet your heart and listen for God’s voice as you stand still and contemplate the glory of the name of the Lord.

May God bless you tonight, dear reader, and blessed be the name!

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