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For Your Name, Lord!

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Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth. Why should the Gentiles say, "So where [is] their God?" But our God [is] in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. Their idols [are] silver and gold, The work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell; They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat. - Psalm 115:1-7

 

The psalmist here is providing a sharp contrast between his God —  the God of Israel — and the gods of the heathen. The gods of the heathen are not alive like his God. He is also asking the Lord to give glory to His name, not because of His people but because of His name. The psalmist here was concerned for the Lord’s reputation! He cared for God’s name. His name was precious to him. 

 

Moses was also concerned for the Lord’s reputation.

 

In Numbers 14:11-20, we read: 

"Then the Lord said to Moses: 'How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.' 

 

"And Moses said to the Lord: 'Then the Egyptians will hear it, for by Your might You brought these people up from among them, and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are among these people; that You, Lord, are seen face to face and Your cloud stands above them, and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. Now if You kill these people as one man, then the nations which have heard of Your fame will speak, saying, ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring this people to the land which He swore to give them, therefore He killed them in the wilderness.’

 

And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’ Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.' Then the Lord said: 'I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.' "

 

The Lord’s response to Moses is an awesome statement! He told Moses, “I have pardoned according to your word.” One man who was willing to stand in the gap on behalf of his people moved God’s heart to pardon them and not destroy them! Moses had one motive for interceding — he was concerned for God’s reputation! 

 

Israel had sinned against God over and over again, and God was ready to destroy them, but one man who was concerned with God’s reputation moved His heart to forgive them again. 

 

Like Israel, our nation has sinned against God time and again, and we do not deserve God’s forgiveness. We do not deserve His mercy and favor. But we should be as Moses and continue interceding because we are concerned for God’s reputation. Our nation was founded by Christian men who made a covenant with God and built this nation upon biblical principles. Because of this beginning, God has blessed America with great prosperity, and the world has seen the blessing of God upon this nation.

 

In Mexico, some men on the radio were having a conversation about national problems they were having. They were discussing what their government was doing compared to America, and one man spoke up and said the following,

 

“Well, I believe the difference between our two nations is that America has been blessed because they are a Christian nation. They pray to God and have served God, that is the difference.” 

 

The world can see that we have been blessed because of our Christian heritage!

 

It is true that America was founded as a Christian nation, but currently we are a back-slidden nation headed for destruction if we don’t turn from our wicked ways. 

 

If we do not experience a national great awakening, that must begin in the church, we will not recognize our nation in a few short years. The agenda of the wicked is going full steam ahead, and some of the church in America are compromising. This will be the downfall of America because God does not change. He is the same God that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. What will the heathen say if we fall? What will the world say if America falls?

 

They will say, “Their God was not able to save them.”

 

May we intercede for America, not so we become great again but so we can become spiritually great for His Name sake! 

 

May Moses’ prayer be our prayer for our nation:

 

“And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation. Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt (from our founding) even until now.” 

 

 

 

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