The Name of the Lord

  1. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe” (vs. 10).
  2. What’s the strong tower? It’s a place of safety. It’s a place where you are defended. It’s a place where you are hidden.
  3. How is the name of the Lord a strong tower?
  4. What is the name of the Lord?
  5. We can’t go into the word Jesus. That’s not what this is talking about. It’s not saying the name of Jesus out loud like some magic spell. That’s certainly not what this is talking about.
  6. The name of Jesus is His identity. It’s His character, nature, authority. When we are called by His name, we are identified with the person of Jesus Christ, displaying Him to the world.
  7. When we run to the name of the Lord for our safety, we’re running to Jesus for salvation. We’re turning to Him, relying on His power, His compassion, His sovereignty, His goodness. We can feel secure because of all of who Christ is.
  8. Running to any other tower invites destruction.
  9. “Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor” (vs. 12).
  10. If we decide to rely on ourselves, lean on our own understanding, think we’ve got this, we’ll find that we don’t, especially if we are children of God and especially if we are feeling proud of our ability to handle something.
  11. Why would it matter if you were a Christian?
  12. Because God wants us to rely on Him. He wants to be our Savior. Why? Because salvation is found in no other name. We may be able to solve some problems on the earth, but we can’t solve our biggest problem of sin. If we can’t learn to rely on God for the little things, how can we be confident we’re relying on Him for the biggest salvation of all?