Wednesday, November 01, 2006

No Worries, Mate!

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and they are saved.” Proverbs 18:10 KJV

I’m sure you haven’t heard of anyone running into a strong tower lately-- a strong storm or a water tower maybe. The King James Version is a bit awkward for many, yet I’m still partial to it. For those unaccustomed to the King’s English, I offer the New Living Translation. “The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.”
Additionally the Amplified Bible clarifies what is meant by “the righteous”. It adds "consistently upright and in right standing with God."

Rather than dwell on how to remain in right standing with God, I would like to focus on “the name of the Lord”. Perhaps we will pick up with the righteous motif next week.

Throughout the book of Proverbs we read of the Lord as a deliverer, rock, shelter, and hiding place. Our text is the only reference in Proverbs to the “name of the Lord” being a place of safety. The “name of the Lord” is the writer’s way of speaking of the total character of God. One has only to look to the Patriarchs of Old to find the names of God. Each reference to a name of God is given as a reflection of God’s character in the circumstances faced by the Patriarch.

With Abraham we can say, Jehovah Jireh is my provider. In the book of Exodus, Moses declared Him as Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our banner. Again, we must transition from the KJV to a modern application of this title. Simply put, the Lord leads us victoriously in battles, trials, temptations, and all confrontations with the enemy. The list of the names of Jehovah includes many more that we may deal with on a later date.

The “Name of the Lord” is His reputation. He has never failed. He will never fail. He has never lied. He will not lie. He has never left the “righteous” begging for bread. He has and always will supply. What He has promised, He has always delivered. When we run headlong to Him with our arms reaching for Him, He meets us with arms that are strong enough to carry us all the way through whatever trial we are facing. Truly we are safe in His care. As a certain actor would say it, “NO WORRIES, MATE!" --PT2006

PT2006 is my big sister, Carla. She has an Associates degree in Medical Lab Technology and also has studied at Southwestern Assemblies of God Bible College in Waxahachie, Texas. She and her husband Dale have been married for 15 years and are a loving aunt and uncle to my son, Chase, who is rotten because of her. She is new to the blogging scene, and at my encouragement has been gracious enough to provide us with our weekly Worship Wednesday post.

1 comment:

Praying for your Prodigal said...

Cindy....and Carla! thanks for introducing us to PT2006! I am enjoying her Wednesday posts. It seems a gifted writing talent runs in your family! And how wonderful to have a STRONG common bond...of your love for the Lord.

I will look forward to more Wednesday posts!