A Psalm for the Lord to Honor His Name (Psalm #54)

Text: Psalm 54

1 Samuel 23:19-26

In some of these psalms that are prayers it’s like David has recorded the prayer in the first part of the psalm, then says Selah, then explains the answer to the prayer in the second part of the psalm.

Appeal based on the name of the Lord (vss 1-3)

  • This salvation that David is talking about is physical salvation.  He doesn’t want to die at the hands of Saul now that these Ziphims have ratted him out.
  • Matthew 24:13 and 22 are the same kind of salvation.
  • The Lord had chosen David to be Saul’s successor.  That much is known. So if David dies at the hands of Saul it will appear that God was unable to protect the man He chose to be king.  That is the basis of David’s appeal
  • Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
  • Psalm 31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
  • Daniel does the same thing in Daniel 9:6, 18-19. (Daniel doesn’t have a basis to come to God other than God’s own name that he’s put in Jerusalem.)

Answer in the name of the Lord (vss 4-7)

  • Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
  • The name of the Lord Jesus Christ
    • The world doesn’t want to hear that name in any context except a curse.
    • God says there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
    • The name was given by God, thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
    • Neither is there salvation in other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
    • Philippians 2 Wherefore God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • Answer comes in 1 Samuel 23:27-29