Note this says, ”The name of the Lord, ” not just, ”The Lord.” Do you know what kind of protection this is? Do you know what His name is? We often refer to God by this title, ”Lord, ” but does He ever tell us His Name?
Your first thought might be, ”Yes. I remember His name is Yahweh.” True. So what does that mean? How does this name offer protection? Take a look at this fuller explanation of His Name in Exodus 34. This is the name that He gave to Moses to tell the Israelites when He reaffirmed His covenant with them.
“Then the LORD passed in front of him and proclaimed: Yahweh—Yahweh is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth,” (Exo 34:6)
“maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving wrongdoing, rebellion, and sin. But He will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers’ wrongdoing on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation.” (Exo 34:7)
You see, if I am to take God at His word, the protection I can expect from God may be protection from His wrath. God can be very wroth when you sin against Him. But the righteous who obey Him and love Him can expect protection from His retaliation for wickedness and evil. It’s actually a very good thing. Do you see how long He remembers sin? Though God is gracious, and He forgives all who come to Him in repentance, God’s memory is also long against the wicked. And God does not change.
For the righteous, the name of the Lord is a strong tower and the righteous run to it and are safe. Be like the righteous.