It’s exciting to know that it is promised, that just by personally knowing God, that we will be made whole…that our lives will be forever changed!
Hey friends 🙂
Last night, my devotion was so sweet. I was planning to turn to a certain place in the Bible thinking that I needed to go over certain themes, but as I was flipping through, the Holy Spirit led my fingers to pause, and my eyes landed right on Psalm 9:10.
“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
It touched the deepest chords of my soul. “Ok! I guess I’m reading Psalm 9 tonight huh Lord?!” I love being reminded that God’s plans are not our own…how we may think we need one thing, but He knows that we need another.
God has been teaching me a lot about the importance of deeply knowing Him…like how Enoch knew and walked with Him so closely, that God translated Him straight to heaven. He didn’t lay Enoch to rest in the Earth and be resurrected with the dead in Christ when Jesus comes again to take us home in the first resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 20:5,6). No. They were so close and God was so pleased with him, that God was ready to take Enoch then and there (Hebrews 11:5). I want to know God like that – like my truest, closest best Friend ever. I want to love Him like that. To trust Him like that.
In my last blogpost I shared about how God was heavily calling to my heart to seek Him with all of my being – to “go fully after God”; and He has been continually keeping that theme before me. Seeking Him. I have found such joy in the promise,
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13
A part of this lesson in the beauty of knowing God, has been that the more I know Him, the more I will trust Him – the more my faith will grow.
So last night to see Psalm 9:10, really was a sweet treat:“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
So those who know God’s “name” WILL trust Him. The Holy Spirit prodded my heart to think deeper. What does it mean by knowing God’s name? To know what His literal name is would lead us to trust Him? No. It couldn’t be that literal application, because many who knew that name of God lacked faith and didn’t trust God. Just think of the backsliding history of the children of Israel!
“Aha!”, I thought. In Exodus chapter 33, Moses asks to see the glory of God. And God replies in verse 19,
“…I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.”
He then goes on to proclaim His “name”…
“And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty;” -Exodus 34:6,7.
We see here, that many times in the Bible, God’s name is associated with his character. We could do such a deeper study on just these two verses, but now with this understanding of the relation between God’s name and His character, when I go back to Psalm 9:10, it’s so much clearer.
When I personally know God’s mercy, grace, longsuffering, goodness, trueness and justice toward a wretched sinner like me….when I know His name, I can’t help but trust Him, for what an amazing God I would realize I serve who has such a beautiful character – who is love.
And you can know Him deeply so that you may trust Him deeply too. Having struggles with trusting God? It’s simply because you just still need to get to know Him more. I know I do!
To know Him is to trust Him. “To know Him is to love Him.”
And just know, that to know of His mercy and grace…to know of His goodness, we often experience situations where our sinfulness is just on full display before our eyes. We cry with Paul, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Psalm 27:4). We go through the heaviest trials where we see our weaknesses and lack of faith. We become awakened to the truest condition of ourselves.
But PRAISE GOD, that with Paul we can answer confidently, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord”! (Psalm 27:5). He is faithful and just to forgive and to cleanse us from our unrighteousness when we repent of our shortcomings (1 John 1:9). He is faithful to give grace upon grace and to restore us into His divine image.
It has been in my lowest times, when I have fallen and when I have faced trying times, that I have come to most deeply taste the sweetness of The Lord, because in His mercy He found, comforted, strengthened and loved me. I’ve realized that when every other earthly support seemed or was gone, that He remained just the same…so faithful..so “merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.”
May you be encouraged to come to know God more personally, knowing that as you come to know Him more, you most assuredly will come to trust Him more.
Through Bible study, prayer, and meditating on God’s goodness and spending time with God in His creation which reveals Him…in so many ways, we can come into a deeper relationship with Him…we can know Him more!
Won’t you join me as I seek to know God more, that I might trust Him more? That I might be made whole in Him through faith in Him and Jesus Christ whom He has sent? It’s exciting to know that it is promised, that just by personally knowing God, that we will be made whole…that our lives will be forever changed! I am SO encouraged friends, and I hope that you are too 😌.
“And they that know thy name WILL put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” -Psalm 9:10
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” -John 17:3