Psalm 9:9-10 – “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”
The Psalms regularly declare that God is our fortress, stronghold, strong tower, rock, refuge, etc. These are all allusions to the cities of refuge in Joshua 20 (and a couple of other places). Those cities of refuge give us a picture of Christ. In particular, the names of those cities reveal Christ’s character and how those cities function as our refuge.
As the scripture above says, those who know God’s name can put their trust in him. What is God’s name? When Moses asks God who should he tell the Israelites sent him, God responds to Moses, “Tell them I Am sent you.” God’s name is I Am. This name is a statement of fact, not a promise. If God’s name were a promise it would be I Will.
Sure, the Bible has something like 7,000 promises. But, even better than the promises of God are the facts of God. His name is a statement of fact. In scripture the name I Am (which is often translated Jehovah or LORD – yes all caps) is often followed by one of the attributes of God. For example, I Am healer or I Am provider. We can trust his name because of these facts. And, we should declare his name, and these facts, with thanksgiving at all times.
I Am is what God says about himself. But, how do we say his name? He Is. This is the same thing as I Am. It’s how someone who is not I Am would say his name to someone else. Hebrews 11:6 is written in this exact way – one person telling another about God. It says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He Is, and that He Is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” But, what if God was speaking that directly? If might say something like “But without faith it is impossible to please me, for he who comes to me must believe that I Am, and that I Am a rewarder of those who diligently seek me.”
Further, God’s name is also You Are for this name is what we say when we are speaking directly to God in agreement with his name, character, and nature. You Are holy. You Are good. You Are gracious.
I Am. You Are. He Is. This is just a conjugation of the verb to be for that is God’s name. How wonderful and important it is to know the name and the facts associated with the name of God. The facts of His name are why we can trust Him.