Text: Psalms 20:1-9
"The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfill all thy counsel. We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfill all thy petitions. Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call"
This is one great Psalm to memorize. Psalms 20 is one of my favorite psalms while growing up. I have heard my mother recites over and again that it took less effort for me to memorize its contents. How inspiring this Psalm is, it is an insurance in the day of crisis. This Psalms reminds us that in the days of crisis we can call on the name of Christ. Why? For God has given him a name above every other name that at the name of Jesus, every knee must bow! Solomon, the son of David had learned from his father's writings on the power of the name of the Lord, he wrote himself in Proverbs 18:10, that the name of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous runs into it and they are saved! This is the worth of the name of the Lord: it is a defense and it excels above all names!
In every crisis, we can call on the name of Christ!
The question is, in the days of trouble whose name do you remember? In the days of trouble, David remembered the NAME OF THE LORD, so he prayed, 'may the name of the God of Jacob defend thee'. Are you going through any trial and it seems you are without defense? God's name will defend you now! In the days of crisis the first call you made, either physical or spiritual call, determines whose name rules your life!
David understood the worth of Gods name, at every juncture of trouble the name of the Lord becomes a resort and a refuge. Psalm 116, here we see another celebration of Gods name by David.
"I love the Lord because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful" (Psalm 116:1-5)
And just like Psalms 20, Psalm 116 also celebrates the name of the Lord. Three times David mentioned the name of the Lord! Furthermore in Psalm 118:10-11 David boasted of his faith in that name, "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". There is nothing that surrounds you that cannot surrender to the name of the Lord! Today in the name of Jesus whatever surrounds you will submit to you! Amen!
Over and again we see David's reliance on the name of the Lord, why was David so confident in this name than many of us present-day believers? The answer is found in Psalm 9:9-10. He wrote here, 'The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee'
Trusting is a function of knowing, only those who know the name of the Lord can trust in the name of the Lord. No wonder Daniel said, " the people that do KNOW their God will be strong and do exploits"(Daniel 11:32). Exploit is a function of revelational knowledge! David knows at an intimate level, both 'revelationally' and experientially, the power in the name of the Lord! That's why he would always call out his name! When we come to this level of revelation we will always excel in the midst of every tribulation.
About 96 times the word names of the lord were mentioned in the book of Psalms and 99% of these times the Psalmist was either celebrating, boasting, praising or praying in the name of the Lord! This is the posture modern-day believers needs to assume, a spiritual position that sees the power in the name above all names on the earth!
One of David's more popular Psalms is one found in Psalm 23 and it is nothing more than the celebration of Gods name. Davids knowledge of God's name, the meanings, and the power were the underlining thoughts and theme of the Psalms. Let's quickly look at them. Seven of God's redemptive names were revealed here.
• Jehovah - Raah(The Lord my shepherd) - And David opened the Psalm with, 'The Lord is my shepherd'
• Jehovah Jireh (The Lord will provide) - Next he said 'I shall not want'
•Jehovah Shalom(The Lord our Peace) - 'He leadeth me beside still waters"
•Jehovah Rapha(The Lord that Healeth) - "He restoreth my soul"
•Jehovah Shammah( The Lord ever present) 'I will fear no evil, for thou art with me'
•Jehovah Tsidkenu(The Lord our righteousness) - "He leadeth me in the path of righteousness"
•Jehovah Nissi(The Lord our banner) "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies'
What a celebration of Gods name. And what a blessing when Jesus came in John 16:23-24 he declares to us, "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full'. In other words, all that God is and all that God has is available in my name, call that name and enjoy the fullness of heaven!
This is why the songwriter Sinachi wrote that 'the name of Jesus is higher than other names, Alpha Omega, no other name like Him...Call his name Jesus, call his name Jesus, call his name Jesus, oh-oh Jesus'
It was my first pastorate in Abonnema. And I was studying the power in the name of Jesus, I was getting drunk in the power of that name when suddenly I heard a shout downstairs, it was the shout of tears, the landlord's small daughter seems to have convulsed and passed on. I rush down and met a lifeless child, and the only thing on my mind was the name of Jesus. I prayed in the Spirit for a few minutes and then blurt out with all the energy I could muster, JESUS! And that was all that was needed, the young gal came back to life after every other attempt has failed. Others may fail but the name of the Lord will never fail! What is it that looks dead, written off around like you, like David we will remember the name of the Lord. Call that name today!