3 When my enemies turn back,
they stumble and perish before your presence.
4 For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.
5 You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6 The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
their cities you rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.
7 But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
8 and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with uprightness.
9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
When my enemies turn back—You did that!
You made the wicked perish—Thank You!
Their cities You rooted out—Praise Your name!
Rejoicing at the defeat of our enemies… Wait a minute, aren’t we supposed to love our enemies?
Let’s remember the first line of the Lord’s prayer: Hallowed be Your Name.
And let’s remember our enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil.
And let’s remember that God is both just and merciful.
God is just. He is right. He judges righteously. He pursues the wicked and utterly destroys even the memory of them. He blots out their name.
Why? To hallow His name.
We should not ignore this about God. We should teach it to our children.
God will have His vengeance on the wicked. Why? He is righteous. He is holy. He will not tolerate having His name damned.
Yahweh is just for the sake of His name.
But Yahweh is also merciful for the sake of His name.
Yahweh is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know Your name put their trust in You. For You, Yahweh, have not forsaken those who seek You. –Psalm 9:9-10
Yesterday we referenced Luke 10:20-24. There Jesus says, Rejoice that your names are written in heaven!
In contrast, God has blotted out the wicked’s name forever.
So why does He do it?
Why does God save the oppressed who take refuge in Him?
Why does God blot out the name of the wicked?
He does it all for His own glory, for the sake of His own name.
Only one name is the name above every name—the LORD, Yahweh, the Great “I AM”… Jesus has this name (Philippians 2:8-10).
To His name every knee will bow. For those who take refuge in Him, their names will be written in heaven. All others will be blotted out.
Know Christ. Make Him known.
Hallowed be the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
One God. One Name. Glory is His alone!