Psalm 84:11 (NIV) The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
One of the common things that people do when they feel troubled is to find some means by which they can find comfort or emotional refuge. Generally, this is a time when bad habits re-surface with their deceptive and vain promise to alleviate life’s struggles and discouragements. Although old habits might seem pleasurable for a little while their toxicity leave our self-effaced consciences in a worse state than if we would’ve ignored their fallacious invitations in the first place.
Some people might feel a sense of superiority when comparing their toxic inclination(s) with others. For instance, the person who indulges in ungodly comedies and fine wine might feel superior to a person who falls in sexual immorality during times of distress. Regardless of the particular habitual sin that a person struggles with, they are all designed to distract us from being God-conscious and seeking refuge in His Presence by means of self-shunning, self-castigation and shame. The person who thinks that his or her habitual sin is “better” than his neighbor’s, is actually in a worse state of mind, since pride is the greatest of all sins. (Isaiah 14:12-14; 1 Timothy 3:6)
In the last year, I have learned by experience that the best medicine for the soul during times of distress is to simply call on the Name of The LORD.
Lord Jesus warned us that in this world, times of distress were inevitable, and even necessary as a means by which we grow unto Salvation. (John 16:33; Acts 14:22; Revelation 3:21; 12:11; et. al.) But every time we find ourselves with the choice to either call out to God’s Names or to give into our toxic inclinations, it is a magnificent opportunity to show God how much greater we love Him than ourselves. Nothing pleases God more than when His servants consciously choose God and the divine presence that is intrinsically interwoven with His NAME.
Psalm 69:29-31 (NIV)- “I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me. I will praise God’s NAME in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.”
When humankind first felt the sting of their mortality, they began to call out to the Name of the LORD, invoking His healing presence. (Genesis 4:26) God’s presence is so intertwined with His Name that He himself proclaims it when He appears before His servants. (Exodus 33:18-34:7) The people of Israel were only allowed to offer sacrifices to God wherever He had placed His Name. (Deuteronomy 14:22-26) And when they prayed towards the Temple in Jerusalem, their prayers were guaranteed to be heard because His Name was there. (1 Kings 8:29)
No amount of popular “praise songs” on Christian Radio can ever compare to the power of simply praising and magnifying the Names of God. In fact, it would be preferable to sing less about ourselves and how we feel and more about God’s attributes and the meaning of His NAMES.
When Lord Jesus Christ was risen from the dead, the highest form of worship that He offered to His Father was to praise the Name of God with his brothers in the congregation. (Psalm 22:22; Hebrews 2:12)
Praising God’s NAME is medicine during times of pain and mirth during times of victory!
Psalm 91:14-16 (NIV)- “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges MY NAME. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation (my Yehoshua).”
So stop whining and begin to PRAISE THE NAME! Your life will be transformed by the mighty presence of the One who’s Name is SALVATION!