One aspect Scripture places on trusting God is the emphasis on trusting in His name. Psalm 33:20-22 says, “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” But what does it mean to trust in God’s name? How can our focus on the name of God help us in the midst of our trials and suffering?
To trust in the name of God means we acknowledge that God’s name is above every other name. God is sovereign, and His name is holy. No circumstance, no person, no other god is a match for the sovereign and holy God of the universe. Nothing – absolutely nothing – can compete with the Name above all names. David expresses this truth in Psalm 138:1-2, “I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.”
God is exalted above all things, and His name is exalted above all things. This means that everything dark and evil and painful in this world is only a name. Divorce, cancer, Coronavirus, barrenness, unemployment – these are just names and are no comparison to the Name above all names. And when we consider our brokenness and sin, these are just a name as well, for God’s name is Love and Mercy and Forgiveness. No matter how deep our sin, God’s forgiveness reaches deeper. No matter how far we have wandered from God, His loving and merciful arms reach farther to bring us back to Him. No matter how helpless we feel our condition is, when we find it impossible to change anything, God can change everything. What great reasons these are to trust God unreservedly!
So let us be counted among those who know God’s name and put their trust in Him. Then we can confidently proclaim along with David, “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Ps. 9:9-10).
Let your soul rest, my friend, in the Name above all names. Trust in God no matter what your situation is, and know that His steadfast love and faithfulness are yours in abundance.
In God’s divine love,