Walk in Whose Name?

“It shall come to pass in the latter days
    that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
    and it shall be lifted up above the hills;
and peoples shall flow to it,
    and many nations shall come, and say:
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
    and that we may walk in his paths.’
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between many peoples,
    and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
    neither shall they learn war anymore;

but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
    and no one shall make them afraid,
    for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
For all the peoples walk
    each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God
    forever and ever.

In that day, declares the Lord,
    I will assemble the lame
and gather those who have been driven away
    and those whom I have afflicted;
and the lame I will make the remnant,
    and those who were cast off, a strong nation;
and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion
    from this time forth and forevermore…

There you shall be rescued;
    there the Lord will redeem you
    from the hand of your enemies.” Micah 4:1-7,10b

The prophet Micah foretells the day when the Lord’s people will flow to His mountain, and judgment and redemption are fulfilled. There will come a time of accounting, when Jesus puts man’s wars to rest and reigns forever over His own. God distinguishes His redeemed by the name in which we walk.

All the peoples walk each in the name of its god. Many walk in the name of virtual popularity, the currency of unknown followers. Some strut in the name of alma maters, the alphabets of title and degree. Others stride in the name of their children, or careers. As humans we identify by accomplishment and what we spend our time doing, or by creeds and movements we espouse. It’s important to recognize that what really drives us is the persuasion of our gods, and that we’ve made little idols of so many things.

But we will walk in the name of the Lord our God. The Lord calls us away, and higher. What does this look like? We acknowledge Him as the highest of high, and we clamor to be in His presence, to learn His ways. We walk in the counsel of His word, where and how He directs. We humbly set aside our own interests and rights to serve others as He did. We are not easily offended, and count it a privilege both to suffer and to stand up for His name. (John 13:1,5,14-15; Acts 5:40-41; Philippians 2:3-8; 1 Peter 2:20-21)

How cognizant are we in whose name we walk? What needs to change for us to walk to Him, with Him, in His name and power as His redeemed?

LORD, may I walk under Your reign today and in Your glorious name forever.

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