Here the psalmist declares that the Lord’s name should be given glory. The Bible is full of the names of God. Some folks who want to appear to be very wise speak as if God’s “real name” is mysterious. But God has freely made his many names known. In the Bible, God has many names. Some them include: Jehovah -Jireh: the God who Provides, Jehovah-Rapha: the God who heals. The Lord our Shepherd, The Lord who is the Captain of our Salvation, The Lord who leads His people. Each name shows an aspect of Himself that He wants His people to understand and trust in, a part of Himself He wants His people to love.
When a Christian gets up in the morning, we turn to our Beloved Lord and say, ‘You’re the greatest! I love you’!” But the psalmist says that brutish people don’t understand why people praise God.
Praise naturally rises from the heart for anything we love. Of course sometimes we don’t quite feel like praising. Yet, this psalm tells us it’s a good thing to praise God’s name. This is a God who sees, hears, smells, talks, touches, feels, understands, cares. His many names show His character and various aspects of His personality. This is where our victory comes from: we praise God for we know His character.
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.
2Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?
3But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
5They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
6They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
7They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
8They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
9O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
10O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
11Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
12The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.
13He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.
14The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.
15Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
16The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
17The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
18But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.