Psalm 54:1,2 says, “Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might. Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.”
What does it mean when the psalmist prays, “Save me, O God, by your name”? God’s name is a recognition and demonstration of God’s characteristics.
So who is God? God described himself to Moses in this way: “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished” (Exodus 34:6,7).
When the psalmist asks God to save him “by his name,” he is recalling all these qualities of God that make God trustworthy.
How does this affect you and me? We are continually in situations where we ask for God’s assistance. When we ask, do we consider what we know about God that gives us confidence that he is taking care of us?
The list of attributes the Lord gave to Moses also indicates what we know about Jesus, God’s Son, and about the Holy Spirit. Christ’s life, death, and resurrection show us he is like his Father, our champion, Savior, and friend. The Spirit’s continual presence in our hearts is a manifestation of God’s tenderness and deep desire for us to grow and bloom under his care.
Our God’s name is unlike any other name. God’s name contains everything we need for daily protection and flourishing. How can this change your day today?