We stand to attention when we hear our names.
Reference: All you Israelites, trust in the Lord — he is their help and shield.
House of Aaron, trust in the Lord — he is their help and shield.
You who fear him, trust in the Lord — he is their help and shield. (Psalm 115:9-11 NIV)
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I work with another Linda and every time someone calls out to her, I immediately look up. We stand to attention when we hear or see our names.
Application: In Psalm 115, I feel like the writer is trying to catch our attention. Clearly they were not able to harness the technology we have today to insert your name into the text, but you can imagine it yourselves.
The writer has just expressed how ridiculous they think the human made idols are and then goes on to encourage people to trust in the real God.
He starts with the whole group of Israelites – trust in the Lord. Then to the house of Aaron – trust in the Lord. And then to anyone who fears God – trust in the Lord.
You can add your own name: Linda, trust in the Lord — he is your help and shield.
May you hear this encouragement from the psalmist and gather your strength from its truth.
Prayer: Lord, You are our help and shield. You are far greater than any other god we follow. Thank You for being someone in whom we can trust. Amen.
Is God your help and shield for today?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.