Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124:8, NASB95)

In the culture of the Hebrews when one talked about the “name of the Lord,” it signified everything about the Lord: his character, his power, his love and concern for his people, his creative power, etc.  To say “our help is in the name of the Lord” was to say that their help was grounded in the Lord’s character, ability, and conduct.

It is no surprise that David follows up the first clause by pointing out that the Lord is the creator of all things.  What better way to emphasize the Lord’s power and sheer ability to bring help than to think of the majesty of all that was created merely at the Lord’s word. If God could create everything that exists by speaking, then certainly he can help his people.

Thomas Manton comments [Treasury of David by Spurgeon]: “O Christian! remember when you trust God you trust an almighty Creator, who is able to help, let your case be never so desperate.”

When you hit the ground running today, dear reader, whatever your situation, however intractable it may seem, however certain that you are that there is little hope, however strong the winds that drive you onto the rocks of despair, your help is in the name of the Lord and in no one and nothing else.