His Own Name’s Sake:
A continuation of the content of last week’s liturgical message of Ezekiel chapter 2o…
Wherein we will be looking at the personal proclamation of the LORD cornering what He does “for His name’s sake”, as well as those petitions and supplications and praises where we set these Word of his before Him “For thy Name’s sake”.
We will scale the scriptures for these Words of power, and we will also finish with the statements of Christ as He teaches us what we must be prepared to endure for His name’s sake.
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Delivered on 5-22-2022 / grego. 9-18-2022
Compiled by JS LOWTHER
pt.2 His Own Name Sake
Psa_106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psa 106:2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?
Psa 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
Psa 106:4 Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;
Psa 106:5 That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.
Psa 106:6 We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.
Psa 106:7 Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.
Psa 106:8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
Psa 106:9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.
Psa 106:10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
Psa 106:11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.
Psa 106:12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.
Psa 106:13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:
Psa 106:14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
Psa 106:15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
Psa 106:16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.
Psa 106:17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.
Psa 106:18 And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.
Psa 106:19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.
Psa 106:20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.
Psa 106:21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;
Psa 106:22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.
Psa 106:23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.
Psa 106:24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:
Psa 106:25 But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD.
Psa 106:26 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness:
Psa 106:27 To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands.
Psa 106:28 They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.
Psa 106:29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them.
Psa 106:30 Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.
Psa 106:31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.
Psa 106:32 They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes:
Psa 106:33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
Psa 106:34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them:
Psa 106:35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.
Psa 106:36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
Psa 106:37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
Psa 106:38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
Psa 106:39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
Psa 106:40 Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
Psa 106:41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
Psa 106:42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
Psa 106:43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.
Psa 106:44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:
Psa 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.
Psa 106:46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.
Psa 106:47 Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.
Psa 106:48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.
The statement that this message isolates within the context of Israel’s history as a people as the psalm presents, launched my mind back to what it is that we discussed in our observation of Ezekiel 20 last week, and as I read this psalm I realized that so much more can be said on this statement which the Lord makes just in the psalms alone, but throughout the bible the focus upon this doctrine of the LORDship and Sovreign rule of God in the life of His people, as well as in the life the wicked and all people on the hearth carries with it a mighty impact.
In the same tenor as this psalm Ezekiel last we spoke of the working of God for his own name’s sake as well.
Eze_20:9 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.
Eze_20:14 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out.
Eze_20:22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth.
Eze_20:44 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD
When we say in reading, as this Psalm does:
Psa 106:8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
Do you understand what power you are speaking of and, ultimately invoking when we personalize this statement in our speaking or deals with God?
In the 10 cmandments we have the 3rd which says:
Exo 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
It is commonly held orthodox believe in Christianity, that the 10 commandments are the expressed vitues of God’s person in law which exist as an example and pattern for Saints to live by. Apply this law, in this express declaration ‘for my name’s sake’, in consideration of God who can swear by none greater than himself and by his own name, we see the promise of promises and the oath of oaths resident in this reflection which we have of God’s perfection in never using his own name in vanity.
Let me remind you that the Word and name YHWH only occurs in the Greek scriptures by use of names and accolades of praise, such as Hallelu-YaH, but the meaning and power of the name had been translated time and again:
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
YHWH literally is the 3rd person usage of ‘being’ He is’ or He that is, and this text says what?
“for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. ”
Here is the faithful nature of that name, regardless if we know the name YHWH or Jehovah or not or have known it or not, or pronounce it right or not, the fact is that everyone who has Faith in YHWH must believe HE IS (real in substance as a Being) and that HE IS a rewarder (in time), all reward translating time and space and place- and gives us the very name YHWH in it’s comprehension of Holy, Infinite, Almighty, Eternal, omnipresent, omnipotent, the very Being of ‘God’ and LORD of All.
Rev_4:8 … the four beasts rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
And I will add that some text show 9 Holys here spoken, rather than 3, that is 3 x3 holies to one Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
And here again we have an awesome and uncomparable God represented in this name we speak of when we say, “HIS NAME sake”.
Here are 5 examples personalizing this phrase in praise, prayer and meditation with God:
Psa_25:11 For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
Psa_31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
Psa_79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.
Psa_109:21 But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.
Psa_143:11 Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
All of these are tremendous supplications, and desires of YHWH that infinite, almighty and eternal God.
Do you realize that the theme of the use of this phrase ‘His name say’ Your name’s sake’ is always one that show the distress of a people, and the utter helplessness of a people who in no wise can save themselves and have therefor besought the Lord in nakedness before Him, knowing he knows all and has power of all and yet his will is all that we may hope for?
Look at those verses’ subjects of petition:
- pardon mine iniquity;
- my rock and my fortress;
- lead me, and guide me.
- help us, deliver us,
- and purge away our sins
- Quicken me /aliven / me make me alive
- bring my soul out of trouble.
It has always amazed me that people say things like “Faith was more important in the NT era”, or that “the quickening of the sinner was a NT phenomenon, that the pardon, purging and forgiveness of sin was a thing of the NT and not of the times before Christ.”, and yet when we hear the prayers of David and other Psalmists which are given for our instruction as Christians, what we find is the most New Covenant Theology, the most New covenant desires, the most Christian desires of a sinner reveling in divine saving grace in the same language as we find in the apostles and Christ himself.
The hope of a sinful people is in His promise and His promise in inevitably tied to His name’s sake, his pledge, his promise, his power, his might, his abilities and his faithful nature for without these attributes of an Almighty God, a God who is as his name implies ‘I AM’, and HE IS- we have no hope.
No hope as individuals, no hope as a family, as families as churches, as a nations or races.
Israel as a people have no hope with out Him and Him working for His Name sake, for with out the promise of God, that covenant of Grace and redemption proclaimed before the world was to secure a people unto himself in righteousness by the coming of Christ, Christ who is the “Righteousness of God” and therefore the “Righteousness’ sake of God” who took on a body that he would submit to humiliation and retribution for the sins of his people, for our sins- if you truly believe that He is and that He is the reward obtained in the blood of Jesus belongs to you as a reward.
Christ died for his own name sake, that one holy, holy, holy name YHWH Eternal would be glorified.
In David’s praise not in speaking to God directly but in speaking about God we have our focal text’s statement
Psa_106:8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
and we also have the familiar statement of the 23rd Psalm :
Psa_23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
If you notice both texts deal with very Christ centered aspects of our Faith
he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness…
The 23rd psalm is one of the most well-known psalms, I suppose it is due to its poetry and beautiful picture that it paints for us in seeing the Lord as a shepherd, and all this is true as it shows us the walk of a believer, let us turn to it an read this short psalm:
Psa 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Do you realize that in every aspect of life, in the awakened, alive, quickened life of a believer that it is paramount to our reality that it is God willing and working ‘for His name’s sake’?
For many reasons the prophets and histories tell us these very things both in the place of God, being his mouth in various ways to show the people the truth of the matter.
1Sa_12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
1ki_8:41 / 2Ch_6:32 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake;
Isa_48:9 For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.
Isa_66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
Jer_14:7 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name’s sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee.
Jer_14:21 Do not abhor us, for thy name’s sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.
Eze_36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
Dan_3:23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
(3:24) And they walked in the midst of the fire, praising God, and blessing the Lord.
(3:25) Then Azarias stood up, and prayed on this manner; and opening his mouth in the midst of the fire said,
(3:26) Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: thy name is worthy to be praised and glorified for evermore:
(3:27) For thou art righteous in all the things that thou hast done to us: yea, true are all thy works, thy ways are right, and all thy judgments truth.
(3:28) In all the things that thou hast brought upon us, and upon the holy city of our fathers, even Jerusalem, thou hast executed true judgment: for according to truth and judgment didst thou bring all these things upon us because of our sins.
(3:29) For we have sinned and committed iniquity, departing from thee…
(3:34) Yet deliver us not up wholly, for thy name’s sake, neither disannul thou thy covenant:
It seems to me that at this point a few things should be clear concerning the use of the phrase ‘His name’s sake’ as we find it in scripture, and that is particularly this, the only reason we are not consumed by the wrath of God is because of the virtue of his name, the very essence of the 3rd commandment.
Now let me truly show you the inflection his is to have in the Christian life in and among those who are as to be lights in the world, and also point out that it is Christ Jesus that takes this power and applies it to himself and to “His name’s sake” and making it all those desires sought of YHWH in the Psalms to be applies to him with the same strength and force of salvation.
Mat_10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Mat_19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Mat_24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Mar_13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Luk_21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
Luk_21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
Joh_15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
Act_9:16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
1Jn_2:12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.
3Jn_1:7 Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
Rev_2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.