Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.” (Psalm 105:3, NASB95)

The psalmist calls his readers to glory in [boast about,  praise, glory in] the holy name of the Lord and the result of this boasting will be that the heart of the one who is seeking the Lord will be glad.  Then he proceeds to demonstrate what he means for the rest of the psalm as he boasts about the work that the Lord has done for Israel in freeing them from Egypt and bringing them into the promised land.

Gladness is produced by a heart that is satisfied and satisfaction is produced by one’s needs being met.  Here the need is spiritual, God has put inside of every man a hole that only he can fill, and once it is filled then we are satisfied. Augustine, recognizing this truth one wrote, “Thou hast made us for thyself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.”

Here’s the thing, this satisfaction only comes as we glorify God, as we “glory in His holy name.”  As John Piper says it again and again: “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.”

 

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