#DailyDevotion Make Your Appeal To The Honor Of The Lord’s Name
Introit (Ps. 143:1–2, 8a; antiphon: Ps. 143:11) For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life! In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble! Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust.
In our introit for the divine service today we get to be a little cheeky with our Lord. We’re in trouble, maybe even life threatening trouble. We may even brought this trouble upon ourselves. What do we cry out? For your name’s sake preserve my life. For Your Name’s Sake.
Now the Lord himself makes this claim often in the Old Testament. Despite the fact the Israelites get themselves into all sorts of trouble because of their unfaithfulness, because they bear upon them the name of the Lord and because the Lord has called them to be his own, for his name sake he delivers them.
Now we too as Christians bear the name of the Lord. It was placed upon us in baptism. We are called Christians. The Lord promises where two or three are gathered in his name he is present and listens to us. He commands us to pray in his name, Jesus.
So that his name does not fall into dishonor among the nations we appeal to that name in the day of trouble so that when he answers our prayers, his name, his righteousness will receive the glory. Jesus has attached promises to his name and so we call upon it in the day of trouble. Like the psalmist we put forth his faithfulness and righteousness as the basis of our prayers and not our own righteousness, works or merits for as he says, no one is righteous before him.
When we come before God with our pleas and prayers, we should do so based on God’s character and his promises which have been revealed to us in his holy word. What we see in scripture is God is faithful and he can be trusted. While what we may deserve is judgment when we come before him in faith and trust in the name of Jesus, we will receive mercy. God will do for us what we need.
Gracious God and Father, for the sake of the name of your Son Jesus Christ, hear our prayers when they come before you that you may receive the glory due your name when we are delivered from all our trials and tribulations. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.