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God’s name expressed all that God is
 

Daily Scripture

This week we are memorizing:

Do not use Yahweh your God’s name as if it were of no significance.

Psalm 9:7-11

7 But Yahweh rules forever!
    He assumes his throne
    for the sake of justice.
8 He will establish justice in the world rightly;
    he will judge all people fairly.
9 Yahweh is a safe place for the oppressed—
    a safe place in difficult times.
10 Those who know your name trust you
    because you have not abandoned
    any who seek you, Yahweh.
11 Sing praises to Yahweh, who lives in Zion!
    Proclaim his mighty acts among all people!

Psalm 24:7-10

7 Mighty gates: lift up your heads!
    Ancient doors: rise up high!
        So the glorious king can enter!
8 Who is this glorious king?
    Yahweh—strong and powerful!
    Yahweh—powerful in battle!
9 Mighty gates: lift up your heads!
    Ancient doors: rise up high!
        So the glorious king can enter!
10 Who is this glorious king?
    Yahweh of heavenly forces—
        he is the glorious king!

Reflection Questions

The Hebrew poetry of the Psalms reflected Yahweh’s people speaking to and about Yahweh in times of fear, joy and everything between. All of them were reasons for worship. In many ways, they put their ultimate trust, not in their own strength and skill, but in the goodness and justice that Yahweh’s name communicated. The Psalms made it plain that “God does not ignore the cry of the oppressed. It’s just not God’s nature.”*

  • At Abraham Lincoln’s funeral, Methodist Episcopal bishop Matthew Simpson said, “To a minister who said he hoped the Lord was on our side, he replied that it gave him no concern whether the Lord was on our side or not…. ‘But God is my witness that it is my constant anxiety and prayer that both myself and this nation should be on the Lord's side.’” How does Yahweh’s character make it worthwhile to be sure that you are “on the Lord’s side”?
  • It seems likely that Israel used Psalm 24 to honor and celebrate Yahweh’s presence with them, especially at the Temple in Jerusalem. But phrasing it as an invitation also carried a reminder for all God’s people: “It also presupposes that one way or another it’s quite possible for the people of God to keep God out of its midst, as Revelation 3 indicates with its picture of Jesus standing outside the door of a church and knocking to see if he will be admitted.”** In what ways can you keep the door open for God in your own heart, and in the life of your congregation?

Prayer

Great “I Am,” thank you for being a safe place in difficult times. Help me keep learning how to keep my mind and my heart always open to your loving, guiding presence. Amen.


* John Goldingay, Psalms for Everyone, Part 1: Psalms 1–72. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013, p. 33.

** Ibid., p. 78.

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Roberta Lyle has been on the Resurrection staff since 2006. She serves as the Program Director for Local Impact Ministries, concentrating on Education, Life Skills and Youth Focused Ministries.

 
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