For His Name Sake (Through the Psalms)

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For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me^ Psalm 31:3 (Click to read entire Psalm)

Everything we do and say is motivated by an underlying desire. No action and deed is done apart from an underlying force that drives all that we do. 

This begs the question, what is God’s underlying motivation for all that He does? His glory. In essence, God is motivated by one thing and one thing only; His glory.

David says something profound here, “And for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me (v. 3). It is very easy to glance over this statement without thinking about the implications this has.

The fact that God does everything for his name sake and not our sake comforts David. The reason why this comforts David is because God is unchanging and God is the only one who is worthy of honor and glory.

If God was motivated by anything other than His own name, God would constantly be changing and adapting Himself to the needs of man rather than staying true to Himself. What does this practically look like? 

God is faithful to us not because we are faithful but because He is faithful.

God loves us not because we love Him but because He is love.

God saves us not because we are perfect but because He is perfect.

God forgives us not because we are worthy but because He is worthy.

All His attributes and actions towards us are because who He is and not because who we are. It is for His name’s sake that He leads and guides David. What a comforting and empowering truth! 

William ChungComment