WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
SEPTEMBER 14, 2022
TOPIC: REMEMBER THE NAME OF THE LORD
BY T. O. BANSO
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright” (Psalm 20:7-8 New King James Version).
Remember the name of the Lord. David said, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright” (Psalm 20:7-8 New King James Version).
According to David, remembering the name of the LORD made the difference for the nation of Israel against their enemies who trusted in horses and chariots. As Proverbs 21:31 says, the horse is prepared for the day of battle but deliverance is of the LORD. Also, Psalm 33:17 says a horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.
To remember the name of the LORD is to trust in the name of the LORD. Some Bible translations use the word “trust” instead of “remember” in that scripture. The English Standard Version says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7). The name of the Lord, and the Lord are the same, as used in some translations.
For example, the Contemporary English Version renders Psalm 20:7 thus: “Some people trust the power of chariots or horses, but we trust you, Lord God.” Similarly, the New Century Version says, “Some trust in chariots, others in horses, but we trust the Lord our God.” These Bible translations and others show that to remember the name of the Lord is to trust in the Lord.
Remember the name of the Lord. Trust in the Lord. Let the name of the Lord that you trust in be in your mouth. Call upon the name of the Lord. The writer of Psalm 116 says, “What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD” (verses 12-13 New King James Version). To call upon the name of the LORD is to invoke His name. To call upon the name of the LORD also means to pray to the LORD, pray in His name, or praise His name, as rendered in different translations of the Bible.
The New Century Version puts Psalm 116:12-13 this way: “What can I give the Lord for all the good things he has given to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation, and I will pray to the Lord.” 1 John 5:14 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (New King James Version). Call upon the name of the Lord in whom you trust. Pray to Him. The Living Bible says it like this: “But now what can I offer Jehovah for all he has done for me? I will bring him an offering of wine and praise his name for saving me.” Praise His name. In other words, praise Him.
Zephaniah 3:12 says, “I will leave in your midst a meek and humble people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD” (New King James Version). To trust in the name of the LORD also means to trust in the Lord as the New Century Version puts it in Zephaniah 3:12.
Trust in the name of the Lord. Jesus said, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14 New King James Version).
In the latter part of John 15:16, Jesus said again, “Then the Father will give you anything you ask for in my name” (New Century Version). He also said, “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23-24 New King James Version).
Verse 26 also says a similar thing about making requests to God in the name of Jesus. His name is as powerful as His person. Jesus cast out demons when He was on earth, and He said that those who believed in Him would, in His name, cast out devils (Mark 16:17). You must trust in His name and reverence it for it to work for you. Exodus 20:7 says, “You shall not use the name of Jehovah your God irreverently, nor use it to swear to a falsehood. You will not escape punishment if you do” (The Living Bible).
Do you remember or trust in the name of the Lord (in the Lord)? How often do you call upon the name of the Lord or pray to Him? Some people misuse the name of the Lord; they use it irreverently. Some only call His name when they are in trouble or in danger. Others do everything else when they’re in trouble or danger but don’t do what is most important – calling on the name of the Lord.
Psalm 116:3-4 says, “The pains of death surrounded me, and the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the LORD: ‘O LORD, I implore You, deliver my soul!’” (New King James Version). That is the wisest thing to do. Be wise as this psalmist. Don’t trust in your strength or wisdom but in the name of the Lord. Call upon His name. Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13; Acts 2:21; Joel 2:32). The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous run to it, and are safe (Proverbs 18:10).
There is victory in the name of the Lord. The name gave David victory over Goliath. David said to Goliath, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:45-47 New King James Version). Just as David had said; He defeated Goliath in the name of the LORD. I pray that you will defeat your Goliath also.
Some remember or trust in only their weapons – wealth, wisdom, fame, human connections, etc. – but not the name of the Lord. They are defeated – as good as those human resources are. As Psalm 33:16 says, no king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength. Are you trusting in horses and chariots or the Lord? According to the writer of Psalm 44, “You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob. Through You we will push down our enemies; through Your name we will trample those who for I will not trust in my bow, Nor shall my sword save me” (verse 4-6 New King James Version).
Remember the name of the Lord. The writer of Psalm 118 said, “All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them” (verses 10-12 King James Version).
Remember the name of the Lord – trust in the Lord. When you invoke His name, He responds with His presence and your victory is assured. However, you must first have a personal relationship with Him. You must surrender your life to Jesus by accepting Him as your Lord and Saviour.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: O Lord, I reverence Your name. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but I will remember the name of the Lord. Manifest Your power in my life and present challenges, and give me victory. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Father, I pray that all Your children who trust in Your name shall share testimonies of supernatural help, victory, and deliverance in Jesus’ name.
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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria. Phone No: +2348155744752, +2348033113523
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