8.27.13 — Memory Verse #136 — Psalm 79:9

Psalm 79:9 “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake!”

One of the reasons why I desire for you (my children) to come before me with an argument when you want something is because God desires the same thing. God desires to be told why (on what grounds), and for what purpose he should answer our request. He of course knows already the motives of our heart before we even ask; yet for some reason he desires us to articulate why we desire the things that we do.

The psalmist prays “help us,” and “deliver us.” Then he says why, “for the glory of your name,” and “for your name’s sake.” We are to pray for things that will bring God’s name glory. We are to desire the things that God himself desires. Not only does the psalmist want his request so that God’s name be glorified, he pleads on the ground of his salvation; “O God of our salvation.” We are not to expect any good thing from the hand of God apart from Jesus Christ; apart from the ground of our salvation. But through the blood of the lamb, we can have boldness to enter his presence; for he opened it up through his flesh.
(Hebrews 10:19-22).”Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
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