One of the greatest musicians to ever lead any band was John Phillips Sousa. He followed the musical legacy of his father and achieved world acclaim as both a musician and writer of band music. Most people who have ever played in a band have played one of the many marches he wrote, many of them becoming favorites of people around the world. Eventually he became known as the "March King," and when his marches were played, people could identify him as the composer.
Names were once used to identify a person’s place of origin or their vocation or occupation. They had a great deal of significance because they gave away so much information about a person. Today they have little significance and tell us little, if anything, important.
In the Bible, however, names and words have meaning and purpose and were selected very carefully. For example, when we read the different names that were given to God, we soon realize that they were given to Him as a way to describe or recognize what He was doing for His children or something that He wanted to do for His own.
A beautiful example of this is found in Psalm 119:55. One of His very own had a very particular need, and he needed help immediately! So, he prayed, “In the night, Lord, I remember Your name.” When we read the word “night” in the Bible, it usually refers to a “time of distress.” Not wanting to be overcome by defeat, he knew that his God was with him at that moment and that His power was available to keep him from defeat.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, that Your presence and power are available in nights of distress or days of delight. Help us remember Your Name when we feel darkness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: In the night, Lord, I remember Your name. Psalm 119:55
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