“For our heart is glad in Him,
because we trust in His holy name.”
The foundation of this gladness of heart strikes me. Because it is not based on circumstances. It is based on faith – and not faith in just anything, but faith in the name of this God who is known to the psalmist.
The gladness referenced is also not a surface happiness, something easily affected and fleeting. There is depth here. It goes down to the core of who you are. It is an undercurrent that remains even in great pain, difficulty, and confusion. Because its foundation, trust in the name of the Lord, is immovable and unchanging.
Because His name encompasses all that He is. His character, His power, His sovereignty, His wisdom, His grace and mercy, His all-sufficiency. If there is ever a question as to what His character looks like when played out in real life, He has given us an example: Jesus Christ. “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3a).
As I processed this verse in Psalm 33, other Scriptures began filtering through my mind. I offer them now, to help more specifically define what it is we are trusting our God to do. May He speak to you this morning, resonating whatever it is your heart needs to hear.
“Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
on those who hope in His steadfast love.”
“‘For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed.’
says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
“In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf;
for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep….My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life,
and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
John 10:14-15, 27-28
“As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.”
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority,
before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
“The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
And those who know Your name put their trust in You,
for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”