O LORD our God, other lords beside you have had dominion over us: but by you only will we make mention of your name.…
I. CONFESSION. "O Lord our God, other lords beside Thee have had dominion over us." There are two things connected with this confession; one is recollection, and the other adoration.
II. RESOLUTION. "Henceforth we will make mention of Thy name." God's name is His character, — what He is in Himself, and what He is to His people. And it is a name not to be ashamed of: it is connected with every thing that is excellent, glorious, and sacred. It is a "name that is above every name." Not only so, it is a name you need not be afraid of with a slavish fear; but you may well be afraid of it with a holy fear. It is a name that you ought to love with all your hearts!
III. DEPENDENCE. "By Thee only will we make mention of Thy name"; as much as if it was said, We are full of sin, but Thou art full of grace and mercy; we are not worthy to take Thy name upon our lips — to stand before Thee, or to enter into covenant with Thee, but we do it depending upon Thee, and upon Thee alone.
(T. Mortimer, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.