Remembering the Lord

“I remember your name in the night, O Lord,
and keep your law.” Psalm 119.55

This stanza of Psalm 119 began with a prayer for God to remember his promises to his servant. In this verse, the servant proclaims his commitment to remember God. As George Zemek points out, “God’s person prompts his commitment.”

What a great example this is for us! Here, the psalmist invokes the covenant name of God, Yahweh. He speaks of remembering the name of God, even in the dark of night. This meditation drives his obedience.

There is much rich truth found in meditating on the name of Yahweh, the I AM. His name reminds us of his unchanging existence. It reminds us of his unwavering commitment to his covenant promises and his people. When we think on the name of God, we should find encouragement in knowing the sovereign one reigns. The same God who first appeared and revealed his name to Moses in the burning bush reveals himself to us. The same God who delivered the Israelites from Egypt delivers us from the bondage of sin.

There is hope and comfort in remembering and meditating on the name of God—Yahweh. Take time today to remember the name of God, to meditate on the rich truths of who he is. I pray that, as we meditate on these truths like the psalmist, it would drive our commitment to keep God’s law, to live in a way that honors his name.

Great is your name, O Lord. Fill our minds with the truth of who you are. Let our affection grow, our desire to live to the praise of your great name. Amen.

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