Shakespeare, in his play, “Romeo and Juliet,” asked the question, “What’s in a name? that
which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
“Your name can influence the assumptions that other people make about your character and background, and thus the chances you are given in life,” says Richard Wiseman — a case in point, he’s a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.
“It can also be a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. If your name sounds intelligent, successful and attractive, you are more likely to act those things.”
“Names make impressions, just as the way you clothe your (child) or, the you way you groom them makes an impression,” insisted University of California emeritus psychology professor Albert Mehrabian, who authored a book on “Beneficial and Harmful Baby Names”. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/10/what-in-name-more-than-think-experts-say.html
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
“The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” Proverbs 18:10-12
There is safety in the name of the Lord. But what does that mean?
Biblically, a name speaks to a person’s character; to their reputation.
“And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Genesis 32:28
“And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.” John 1:42
In Exodus 3:13-16, Moses pleaded with God, “The children of Israel are going to want to know who you are.” God said, “I am the eternal God. I am the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob.”
Great emphasis and importance is placed upon the name of the Lord.
“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” Exodus 20:7
“Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.” Psalm 118:26
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” Matthew 28:19
“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Acts 3:6
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;” Philippians 3:10
To know God is to know His names
Turn to and read John 17:1-3, 6, 26. How did Christ accomplish His desire that the disciples would know God?
- Jesus revealed the name of God. God desires to reveal Himself to us!
- Jesus declared the name of God.
In Jesus, the disciples became acquainted with the power and character of God. They knew Him! You see, this is the real issue here, knowing God!
“That I may know him…” Philippians 3:10
How well do you know Him? Now, let’s go back to Proverbs 18:10…
The name of the Lord is a strong tower
It’s not a question of whether the name of the Lord is a strong tower; this is a statement of truth.
- A strong tower provides safety.
- A strong tower provides peace.
- A strong tower provides rest.
- A strong tower provides restoration.
The righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
Just because the name of the Lord is a strong tower doesn’t mean that you have availed yourself of all that it provides. You must make a conscious choice to run into it. During the battle you are not going to walk or stroll to safety; you’re not going to saunter or meander. No, you had better run to safety!
In the context of the book of Proverbs, the righteous is another reference to the wise. We need to daily; hourly; moment by moment be wise and run to the safety provided by the Lord. While you may spend time reading the Bible in the morning, is that the only time throughout the day in which we give God any thought whatsoever? Could it be that the reason we aren’t running to the strong tower provided to us by the Lord is because we really don’t believe it is a strong tower? We really don’t believe that it can provide us with safety, with peace, with rest, with restoration. If we really don’t believe that the name of the Lord is a strong tower it is because we really don’t know Him!
Maybe you’ve been fooled into thinking that all of those things – safety, peace, rest, restoration – can be found elsewhere, as is the testimony of the rich man in Proverbs 18:11.
The rich man’s wealth is his strong city.
The rich man – In contrast to the righteous man this rich man, while he is rich, if foolish. I believe that King Solomon here was sharing a personal testimony. King Solomon had everything. Yet, later in life, after his many wives had turned his heart away from the Lord, Solomon began to see the foolishness of his ways.
Wealth – This is not just speaking about having material goods although that is included. It is also speaking of sufficiency; I have need of nothing. You may not have a lot compared to the world’s standards but, are you self-sufficient? We, in America have been blessed beyond measure and yet often that has led us to be sufficient in and of ourselves. We don’t need the Lord’s strong tower. We have everything under control.
Before destruction the heart of man is haughty.
The kind of thinking we see in vs. 11 stems from pride. The next step is destruction. Are you near to destruction? Will the next step you take lead you into destruction?
While Solomon maybe did not fully realize and experience the destruction in his lifetime, it was definitely experienced by his son, as the kingdom broke into civil war and was split into the Northern and Southern kingdoms.
You may not be experiencing this destruction just yet but are you, by not running to the strong tower of the Lord setting your children up – and those who are following you – to experience the full force of that destruction?
So, what must we do? Start running into the name of the Lord? How do we do that?
God’s Word must take on greater significance in our lives than merely 5 or 10 minutes in the morning before we rush out of the door.
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
“Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12
In actual practice which is more valuable and necessary to you – God’s Word or Fox News and Rush Limbaugh? By your life what are you teaching your children is valuable?
God’s people and God’s house needs to take on greater heart significance in our lives.
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
How many you have ever said, “I need to go to work” or “I need to go to the doctor” or “I need to go to the store?” We all recognize the significance that these places play in our lives.
However, how many of you have said, “I need to go to church?”
While we may understand the significance of assembling with God’s people in God’s house, are we doing what we should to “…consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works?”
Also, while you may physically be in church, is your heart there? That’s what your children are going to see and it will be your heart that they will follow.
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”