Judah David Iverson
To read the background story of this little one’s birth, click here.
“Sweet Little Boy, that I love so much. ”
That’s what I love to sing over you.
But did you know that I pray your name over you, too?
We named you Judah.
Judah, because it means “I will praise the Lord” or “praised one” in Hebrew, where we first find it in that Holy Word. That Word in which we find our life and ourselves and our Savior.
and we pray that you would see the sweetness and holiness of God, and would be in awe and wonder, and that you, too, would praise Him.
And you know, son, Judah was Abraham’s great-grandson. He was a promised descendant of Abraham, when God told him.
“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:2-3
Our family, the one God chose to bring you into, is blessed because of that blessing, for that blessing of all the families on the earth was actually a foreshadowing of Savior who would be available, not just to Abraham’s descendants, but to all people.
It is to this Savior, that your Daddy and I cling. It is in the death and resurrection of this Savior that we find our hope for this life and the next. It is under this Savior’s perfect performance and obedience, that we hide ourselves, because your Daddy and I, we are weak, and selfish, and we are sinful, and we will fail you. But our prayer is that you, yourself, despite all our earthly failings, will cling to Him as well.
And do you know what family this Savior was born into?
It was the family line of….
God gave Judah a promise,
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.” Genesis 49:10
God was promising that the King of kings, and the Lord of lords would be born through Judah’s line. A King with a scepter, not of an earthly kingdom but of an Eternal One.
But you know what, honey, that Judah, the one that received that promise, he did some really rotten things in his life. It’s all recorded and right there out in the open in the Bible. All his shame, and disgrace, and rebellion. And, unfortunately, one day you will also have to come face to face with your own rebellion, and shame and disgrace. But here is the beauty in it, my son, Judah’s failures didn’t nullify God’s promises for him. And neither will yours.
Judah’s name, and his story, and God’s story through his story actually represents hope. Judah represents salvation to come. Judah represents the promises of God, that shine all the brighter in the backdrop of our own stumblings and wanderings. Judah represents promises that may seemingly be left unfulfilled, but always come to fruition in their time. Judah represents the faithfulness of God.
And as you grow and develop and your mind expands, we pray it will expand to catch glimpses of that faithfulness more and more. We pray that your own heart will learn to praise that God, just like your Mommy and Daddy do. And we pray that that praise overwhelms your heart so much that it moves you to share with others how great and faithful your God is.
We also named you David.
Your Grandpa Jones’ name is David. And that David prayed your Mamma through many tumultuous years. He faithfully cared for your Mamma and taught her to run to, and listen to the God of the David after whom he was named. Because he knew to cling to the Faithful God, he was faithful. Faithful in those early years to give us a glimpse of the Heavenly Father, and faithful in those later years, after your Grandma Katy died, and he was left to raise three kids by himself. If it weren’t for his constant consuming of the Word of God and his consistency in going before the Throne of God in prayer, your Mamma might not have made it through those tumultuous years.
You’re not just named after your Grandpa, but also named after the David that he is named after. That David, he was a hero. A mighty warrior. A victorious king. He conquered lands and gained territory, and expanded a kingdom. But he also expanded THE Kingdom. Do you know why?
Because He learned to praise.
And praise isn’t just a happy cry to God. It can be a desperate crying out too.
For in both joy and in sorrow, the place where you run to, is the place you prize the most.
And David learned this well. That mighty warrior started out as a humble, no-name, my-dad-forgot-about-me shepherd. But out there in the quiet, he learned to commune with God. He learned where to run, so that when he himself was running (from persecutors), he ran right to the Faithful Father. And when he failed, he ran to the Faithful Father. And our prayer is that you will learn to do the same.
May you learn the secret of his strength, both when his world was falling apart, and when the world was being handed to him in victory:
For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord.
HE sang to the Lord the words of this song
when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
“I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer:
My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation,
I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I am saved from my enemies
And this David that learned to praise, was born through a family line.
The family line of Judah.
David was a king and carried an earthly scepter, but it was not the scepter promised to Judah those hundreds of years prior. No, he was still looking ahead to the One who would carry an Eternal scepter, and because of his love for God, his heart that was after Him, God promised to bring the One who would carry that eternal scepter through his family line, too.
So you see, son, your name,
Judah David represents…..
…….a double promise.
Judah David represents…..
……a double pointing
to a Savior who would come. A Savior and King and God who humbled Himself and came through families, Judah’s and David’s.
Have you ever heard of something so wild?
The story of a God, who does demand, but rather demeans Himself to the point of ugly death on a cross, just so he could derive a NEW family line out of the mess that Judah and David were entrapped in, the mess called sin.
And just as Judah…and David….and your mommy….and your daddy….were called into that new family, we pray you will be called into it as well.
But the prayer and the promise doesn’t stop with just your life, son.
No, just as Judah, and David, were chosen to be part of a family line that points to Jesus in future generations, .
your life is called to be a double praise, and a double promise and a double pointing of others to Jesus so that generations after you will get a chance to see Him,
because of Jesus living in you, and flowing through you,
and a whole family of Judah (all those you impact) will find themselves a part of the Eternal Family of God, sweetly being ruled under the mighty and loving Scepter of King Jesus.