03/27/F – The Name of the Lord

Exodus 34:1-14; Matthew 27:15-26; Psalms 33:20-22; Proverbs 12:1

OT: “The Lord came down in a cloud, stood with him there, and proclaimed his name, “the Lord.” The Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed: The Lord — the Lord is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love and truth, maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But he will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers’ iniquity on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation. Moses immediately knelt low on the ground and worshiped…And the Lord responded, “Look, I am making a covenant. In the presence of all your people I will perform wonders that have never been done in the whole earth or in any nation. All the people you live among will see the Lord’s work, for what I am doing with you is awe-inspiring.” (‭‭Exodus‬ ‭34:5-8, 10‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

A name is more than just a word that identifies a person and differentiates them from others. A name is representative of who you are – your characteristics, your reputation, your authority, etc. When your name is mentioned, it brings to the mind of the speaker and the hearer, all that you are. When Moses ascended the mountain to meet with God, the Lord began by proclaiming His name – the name that He identified Himself with at the burning bush – The Ever-Present, Self-Existent, Eternal One. And in case there was any confusion, God then went on to describe Who He is and what His name represents. He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love and truth. To those who humble themselves before Him and worship Him, He will maintain His love and grant forgiveness for a thousand generations. But to those who reject His lordship and remain in their sin, He will not allow them to go un punished. He is both good and just in all His ways. He can do nothing but what is good and just – He can desire nothing but what is good and just – He can treat us in no other way but which is good and just. And at that proclamation, Moses bowed down low, humbled himself completely, and worshipped God. From that worship response comes God’s gracious covenant. Do we truly know the Lord and believe Who He is? Do we trust in His Name and live accordingly? Do we respond in worship and receive His grace, or do we stand in our own strength and walk away?

Psalms: “We wait for the Lord; he is our help and shield. For our hearts rejoice in him because we trust in his holy name. May your faithful love rest on us, Lord, for we put our hope in you.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭33:20-22‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

The psalmist gives his response to the questions I posed above. Waiting is not passive where you sit around waiting for the Lord to do something for you. Waiting is active, where you eyes are ever on the Lord – not willing to go anywhere or do anything without Him – ready to move when He says go, ready to speak when He gives you something to say, ready to act when He gives you something to do. The psalmist trusts in the Lord and in His name. He is completely surrendered to the Lord, ready and willing to honor and lovingly obey His word, will, and ways. Because of that, he is fully expectant of God’s faithful love, help, and protection. If we fully trust in the Lord and in His name, the same will be true of us.

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