3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
Believers are exhorted to “glory” in the LORD’s holy name. The Hebrew word rendered “glory” is the same word from which we get the word “hallelujah” (meaning “praise ye the LORD”). It denotes praise. The special subject mentioned for believers’ praise is the holy name of their God. In other words, the fact that the LORD is holy should help them to rejoice and praise Him from their hearts.
The very fact that the LORD is holy gives us confidence to trust Him and believe all that He has promised. The LORD’s holiness guarantees us that He is good and perfect, and that He will show unto us His goodness, love, mercy, truth and grace. Because He is holy, He shall be faithful in all His promises which He has given us in His Word. Therefore, we can trust Him at all times, and rest in His goodness and love.
So without hesitation, we glory in His holy name. We rejoice and praise Him for His holiness. The Lord’s holiness is something to exult in. There is nothing whatsoever to be ashamed about our God. We only have reason to rejoice and be glad that the LORD our God is perfectly holy.
We rejoice that we are forgiven and brought into a close relationship with Him who is infinitely holy. We are glad that we are given the most wonderful privilege to trust and follow the Holy One. We rejoice that we can commune with Him. We rejoice that our holy God leads us daily in His paths of righteousness. As we walk with Him in His righteous ways, we praise Him for the honour and blessings which He grants to us.
Thus the psalmist says, “let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.” We who seek the Lord exult in the opportunities that we have daily to seek Him. How wonderful it is that we can love Him, learn His Word, know His will, walk in His ways, and seek Him without fear! Worldly men may rejoice and glory in the wealth, luxuries and pleasures of this world, but we rather rejoice in that we can seek the Lord who is holy. In Jeremiah 9:23-24, the LORD exhorts us, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.” Let us truly rejoice and glory in the holiness of our God.