“In Judah God is known, his name is great in Israel.”
When I read this psalm, it always hits me as amazing that we know God. Dwelling on this verse this morning, it became clear that when we know God, His name will be great in our lives. We will recognize that unsearchable greatness, the wonder of who He is. We will honor Him with our actions, our speech, and our decisions. Our hearts will thrill at His glory, and we will live to make that glory known. Our souls will rest in His grace and power. We will be at peace, trusting Him absolutely.
If we go about our days with little influence from our Lord, what does that say about us? I think it shows that we don’t know God well. If we did, how could we help but be affected in every facet? How could the details of our lives not be covered in the beauty of our great and glorious King?
In Acts 17, Paul is speaking to those living in Athens, Greece. He says, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands…And he made from one man every nation of mankind…having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:22-27). He is declaring to these people the “unknown god.” The Living One, the Creator, the Ruler of all. And I love how the desire of God’s heart is shown here: ”that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.”
God doesn’t want to be far from us. He doesn’t want to remain unknown in our hearts. He doesn’t want us to hold Him at arm’s length. He wants us to know Him, to treasure Him, to see that His name is great. When we know His character and see His truth, our hearts will finally know joy and peace regardless of outside circumstances. This is what we were made for—to know and worship God in spirit and in truth. To show the greatness of His name, magnifying His glory to a world who doesn’t know Him. Purpose is found in knowing God. Life is found here.