Psalm 20:7

Tom Harding

We are instructed in this scripture to remember the name of our Lord. What a sweet delight and a pleasant task to meditate upon the one Who is "altogether lovely." What better way could we use to ponder upon His character than to think upon the names given to our Lord throughout scripture. These names describe who He is and what He did for His sheep. We have already considered His name as: Advocate, Bread of Life, Captain of Salvation, and Deliverer. Now lets consider some more of His glorious names: Emmanuel, The Foundation, Great Shepherd, High Priest. EMMANUEL, God with us (Matt. 1:23)!

Someone has said, "By the light of nature we see God above us, by the light of the Law we see God against us, but in the light of the gospel we see God with us." The one who saved us from our sin is both God and man. God who satisfied and man who suffered (1 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 5:21).

THE FOUNDATION! (Isa. 28:18)

God has provided for His people a sure, safe and everlasting refuge upon which we can rest our soul. Jesus Christ is that foundation, alone and always. The hymn writer wrote, "On Jesus Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand" (Matt. 7:24-27; Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 3:11).


Our Lord is called the Good Shepherd, who laid down His life for the sheep (John 10:15). He is called the Chief Shepherd that will soon come again to receive and take His sheep to glory (1 Pet.5:4). And the Great Shepherd, who secured all spiritual blessings for the elect through His blood sacrifice offered unto God (Eph. 5:2; 1 Cor. 1:30).

HIGH PRIEST! (Heb. 4:14)

Believers are not searching for someone to be their High Priest, we have the designated and decreed Priest that God has appointed and exalted to His right hand (Heb. 1:3). Our Lord is the fulfillment of everything the Old Testament Priest only pictured. He represents and presents us to God holy, unblameable and unreproveable in His sight (Col. 1:22). He redeemed us from all our sin by His sacrifice (Heb. 9:12). He reconciled us to God by His atonement (Heb. 2:17). Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the appointed sacrifice (Gal. 4:4). Who died the appointed death (Acts 2:23), to secure all appointed blessings (Rom. 8:32), for the appointed people (Acts 20:28).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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