“For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.”
David acknowledges many times that God is his Rock, his Refuge, and his Fortress. He had to seek safety sheltered in the arms of God numerous times throughout his life. Can you not relate with David?
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies…In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.”
He knew that the ears of the Lord were ready and willing to hear his cry. He constantly asked the Lord for help. In Psalm 31 we see David again coming to God for guidance. He spends the beginning of the chapter acknowledging Who God Is, and in our text mentions that David includes “for thy name’s sake” within his prayer.
God does not deliver us, protect us, or lead us because we deserve it…but because of Who He Is.
He is Righteous.
“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
He is the Pardoner of sin.
“For thy name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.”
He is Powerful to save.
“Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.”
He is Merciful to deliver.
“But do thou for me, O God the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.”
God’s attributes describe not only Who He Is, but also what He offers to us. We have mercy because God is Merciful. We have salvation because Jesus is Salvation. We have love because God is Love. We have grace because God is Grace.
What could the Lord do for you "for his name's sake"? Focus on the attributes of God today, and discover more of the Truth of Who God is.
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