Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
God is a sovereign and jealous of:His prerogative. Especially is He jealous of the undivided honour of redeeming man from the degradation and ruins of the fall. In the salvation of sinners by Jesus Christ, He has taken, as it should seem, extraordinary pains to establish and illustrate this fact; for this reason; that therein He, or His name, is more deeply interested — that thereby His name is more highly magnified and more abundantly glorified, both in heaven and in earth, than by any other of His most stupendous works.
I. THE NATURE OF THE SALVATION GRANTED TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD. It is a spiritual and eternal salvation — a salvation of the sinner from the power, the love, the pollution, the practice, and the punishment of sin.
II. UPON WHAT GROUNDS OR UPON WHAT TERMS THIS SALVATION IS VOUCHSAFED. "For His name's sake." By the name of God we may understand His person and attributes. For the sake, therefore, of illustrating His power, mercy, wisdom, truth and faithfulness, justice and holiness, He devised the great work of redemption.
III. IN OPPOSITION TO WHAT IMPEDIMENTS THIS SALVATION IS VOUCHSAFED. "Nevertheless He saved them" — nevertheless what? In spite of what, according to the calculations of reason and of conscience, were utterly insuperable difficulties. But, blessed be God, His "thoughts are not as our thoughts." Notwithstanding therefore the sins of Israel were so numerous and so heinous He saved them; and to judge of their enormity you have only to consult this psalm — by which it appears they were guilty of the most abominable idolatries, of the blackest ingratitude, of the most determined rebellion. Notwithstanding all which God "saved them for His name's sake." Yes, and so likewise are we encouraged to hope that He will save us.
Parallel VersesKJV: Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.