READING, READING, READING

The book looked interesting enough, and so I decided I would read it and perhaps gain some information on the Royal Psalms.  It was written by a gentleman, Keith Crim, back in the 50’s.  At this juncture, I was reading some of his comments on Psalm 20.

It is clear in the explanation of his name in Exodus 3:13-15, where God tells Moses to tell the children of Israel that Yahweh is the name of the one who sent Him and that He is the God Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Furthermore, God promised in Exodus 20:24 that in every place where He caused his name to be remembered He would come to the people and give his blessing.  It was only natural that after Solomon built the Temple on Zion this promise would be attached in particular way to the Temple as the place where God said, “My Name shall be there” (1 Kings 8:29) Solomon’s dedicatory prayer full of references to the fact that while God’s name dwells in the Temple, He Himself is so great, that “Heaven and the Heaven of Heavens” cannot contain him.  In this way God could be thought of as present on Zion in a special way without being limited to a house made with hands. 

“Many Israelites were undoubtedly tempted to pervert the divine promise to be present where His name was called upon and follow the heathen practice of using the name of God as magic in order to try to force Him to do their bidding.  But, this was clearly prohibited in the third commandment, Exodus 20:7.  Instead, the Old Testament concept of calling on the name of Yahweh meant invoking his presence (Psalm 20:5, 7) and honoring Him in worship (Psalm 7:17; 9:10; 18:49; 68:4).   God is sovereign, and while He honors His promise, He is not bound by the mere recitation of forms and empty phrases.” 

Grim has worded it nicely, reminding me again of what I have written previously in an article entitled “Tag-On’s”.  When Jesus said: “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (Matthew 14:13, 14)  If it becomes a “tag-on” it never reaches the portals of Heaven.  It must bring GLORY TO THE FATHER AND SON.

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