OUR THEME FOR 2013 (Part 29): CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD

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OUR THEME FOR 2013

(Part 29)

 

CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD

 

February 17, 2013

 

Today’s readings:

Deuteronomy 26:4-10

Psalm 91:1-15

Romans 10:8-13

Luke 4:1-13

 

 

Paul gives us a very life-giving assurance: “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom 10:13).

This is not an idle statement, as we have seen time and again in the history of salvation. The Israelites “cried to the Lord …. and he heard our cry and …. brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand and outstretched arm, with terrifying power, with signs and wonders” (Dt 26:7-8). God assures us through the psalmist, “All who call upon me I will answer; I will be with them in distress; I will deliver them and give them honor.” (Ps 91:15).

What does it mean to call upon the name of the Lord? It is to say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.” (Ps 91:2). It is to acknowledge Jesus as Savior and Lord. It is to have faith in him. It is to trust him with our very lives, which he already possesses as he paid the price for our salvation. It is to “confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead” (Rom 10:9).

What does it mean to be saved?

* It means “God will rescue you from the fowler’s snare” (Ps 91:3a). We have been saved. We have been freed from the dominion of the enemy. We have been snatched from the jaws of death.

* It means God “will shelter you with pinions, spread wings that you may take refuge” (Ps 91:4a). God is our haven. God is our hiding place. God is our comfort and consolation, in the midst of suffering and pain in the world.

* It means “no evil shall befall you” (Ps 91:10a). With our lives turned over to God, everything that happens to us will be in accordance with His divine will. Thus all things work for our good. Even the suffering and pain will be salvific, bringing us ever closer to God.

* It means that in our work of evangelization, which brings us into intense spiritual warfare, we can overcome the enemy. “You shall tread upon the asp and the viper, trample the lion and the dragon.” (Ps 91:13). The devil is the ancient serpent, the roaring lion, the huge red dragon. He has “all the kingdoms of the world” and “all this power and their glory …. handed over to (him)” (Lk 4:5-6). Despite that, God is already victorious over Satan, and we share in that victory.

* It means God will always be there for us. “All who call upon me I will answer; I will be with them in distress; I will deliver them and give them honor.” (Ps 91:15). That is very comforting. God answers our prayers. God is there for us in our trials and challenges. God not only saves us but holds us up in honor.

* It means we need never be afraid. “You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day” (Ps 91:5). Wherever we are, whatever we do, “God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways.” (Ps 91:11).

 

We are such a privileged people. We are those “who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps 91:1). “You have the Lord for your refuge; you have made the Most High your stronghold.” (Ps 91:9).

So BE.LI.EV.E! And know this, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” (Rom 10:11).

 

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