Powerful Password (v.8)
During WWII, passwords were key. Operation Chariot’s raid on the St. Nazaire docks of German-occupied France included the challenge “War Weapons Week”, to which the correct response was, “Welmouth”. Not only was the password carefully concealed from enemy intelligence, but also if it were discovered, the difficulty of the German tongue in pronouncing the first consonants would have alerted the allies to the security breach.
In the psalmist’s recital of his people’s weaknesses in remaining faithful to God, he refers to their forefathers. Those fathers rebelled. They were not great role models for the generations that would follow. Now, in verse eight, the psalmist brings into the narration of his people’s history a fascinating contrast:
“Yet He saved them for His name’s sake, to make His mighty power known.”(Psalm 106:8)
The psalmist has made a grammatical error. He has introduced a pronoun (He) without naming the person first. He has broken proper syntactical rules. Why?
Perhaps the psalmist is providing us with a password of sorts. Who, he asks, saves a rebellious people when they are behaving at their worst? Who is able to act with almighty power? Who has a name so distinguished, that for that name’s sake He acts in certain ways?
The answer, of course, is God, but is there something we ought to discover about His name that is a key to the wholeness we long for as human creatures?
Another passage of scripture adds a little light to our question. It’s found in the letter to the Ephesians.
“…I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:12-19, parts)
The name, the password that unlocks access to God’s mercy and power in our lives, is ‘Father’. Say it again, out loud this time.
For that name’s sake, God is in the process of building Himself a family. Don’t worry. It’s not like an earthly family. It is built on the wide and long and high and deep love of His only-begotten Son, Christ – perfect, overflowing, never-failing and never-ending love.
For that name’s sake, God is filling people’s lives with a wholeness only the fullness of God could accomplish. It takes the powerful love of a divine Father to do that. Are we ready to use the password?
Father, we use that precious name with awe and wonder. That You would direct Your mighty energies on our behalf to make us Your children takes our breath away. You love us with a love that breaks our hard hearts and makes them new and soft and open to You. As we access Your presence by using Your name, Father, bring us further along on this journey of wholeness You provide. We are,
(Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons; “Hospitalsnycklar” by Dahlstromska garden)