THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD
Paul gives us a very life-giving assurance: “everyone
who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom
is not an idle statement, as we have seen time and again in
the history of salvation. The Israelites “cried to the
Lord .... and he heard our cry and .... brought us out of
Egypt with his strong hand and outstretched arm, with terrifying
power, with signs and wonders” (Dt 26:7-8). God assures
us through the psalmist, “All who call upon me I will
answer; I will be with them in distress; I will deliver them
and give them honor.” (Ps 91:15).
does it mean to call upon the name of the Lord? It is to say
to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom
I trust.” (Ps 91:2). It is to acknowledge Jesus as Savior
and Lord. It is to have faith in him. It is to trust him with
our very lives, which he already possesses as he paid the
price for our salvation. It is to “confess with your
mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God
raised him from the dead” (Rom 10:9).
does it mean to be saved?
It means “God will rescue you from the fowler’s
snare” (Ps 91:3a). We have been saved. We have been
freed from the dominion of the enemy. We have been snatched
from the jaws of death.
means God “will shelter you with pinions, spread wings
that you may take refuge” (Ps 91:4a). God is our haven.
God is our hiding place. God is our comfort and consolation,
in the midst of suffering and pain in the world.
means “no evil shall befall you” (Ps 91:10a).
With our lives turned over to God, everything that happens
to us will be in accordance with His divine will. Thus all
things work for our good. Even the suffering and pain will
be salvific, bringing us ever closer to God.
means that in our work of evangelization, which brings us
into intense spiritual warfare, we can overcome the enemy.
“You shall tread upon the asp and the viper, trample
the lion and the dragon.” (Ps 91:13). The devil is
the ancient serpent, the roaring lion, the huge red dragon.
He has “all the kingdoms of the world” and “all
this power and their glory .... handed over to (him)”
(Lk 4:5-6). Despite that, God is already victorious over
Satan, and we share in that victory.
means God will always be there for us. “All who call
upon me I will answer; I will be with them in distress;
I will deliver them and give them honor.” (Ps 91:15).
That is very comforting. God answers our prayers. God is
there for us in our trials and challenges. God not only
saves us but holds us up in honor.
means we need never be afraid. “You shall not fear
the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day”
(Ps 91:5). Wherever we are, whatever we do, “God commands
the angels to guard you in all your ways.” (Ps 91:11).
are such a privileged people. We are those “who dwell
in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of
the Almighty” (Ps 91:1). “You have the Lord for
your refuge; you have made the Most High your stronghold.”
BE.LI.EV.E! And know this, “No one who believes in him
will be put to shame.” (Rom 10:11).