The Name Of God

What is the name of God? What is God’s name?

Our Father in Heaven…

When you meet someone you usually refer to them by name. If you have never met them before you usually ask them their name so that when you address them or want to get their attention you can; just by saying their name. They know that you are speaking to them specifically.

What about God?

Almighty Father….

For those of us who believe that God is, how do we get his ‘attention’ when we want to speak to him specifically?

More importantly, do we know whether our way of addressing him is indicative of our present desire?  For instance, is there a hint to him when we say “Father” rather than “Almighty God”? i.e. Do we want God to hear us and be with as Father, when we are desirous of the Almighty God in our current situation?

O Almighty God…

In whatever way, and by whatever name, when we pray or talk to God we must remember that the name of God is….Holy.

Whether we are addressing Him as friend, lover, saviour, deliverer, teacher, healer, or god, we MUST remember and be conscious in our hearts that his name is holy.

 

A Prayer

“Eternal God help us to know you and your name.  Help us, O Father, to know you to whom we pray, and to whom we talk in our distress, and joy.  In so doing Holy Lord, make us more aware of your holiness and the holiness of your name.  Amen.”

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Obedience

Somewhere it is written “Obey God and Live, curse God and Die.”

At school, once in detention for a misdemeanor, the Teacher taking detention gave us this quote for our “lines”.  It is also from the Bible:  “To obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams.”   We had to write it a hundred times.

Obedience applies in all areas of life.  From exercise regimes to walking or driving safely and even eating and drinking practices.   It IS better, and easier, to obey to – -hearken- – than to try to make amends after disobeying.   Sometimes we do not get the chance to rectify the outcome of the disobedience; or cannot.

That is the ‘death’.  That is when we die.

 

 

 

Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

I will glory in the Lord; let the humble hear and rejoice.

Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me out of all my terror.

Look upon him and be radiant, and let not your faces be ashamed.

I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me and saved me from all troubles.

The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, and he will deliver them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are they who trust in him!

Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.

The young lions lack and suffer hunger, but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.

Come, children, and listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Who among you loves life and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?

Keep your tongue from evil-speaking and your lips from lying words.

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

The righteous cry, and the Lord hears them and delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord is near to the broken hearted and will save those whose spirits are crushed.

Many are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver him out of them all.

He will keep safe all his bones; not one of them shall be broken.

Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, and none shall be punished who trust in him.

 

We Await His Coming In Glory

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?  the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?

Repeat this until you know and UNDERSTAND this proclamation of faith in the Lord.

One verse.

Three definitive attributes: light, salvation, strength.

When you have affirmed this truth, of those who belong to the Lord, daily in your home and life  you will also come to the point where “We await his coming in glory” is more than a sentence, more than a ‘desperate hope’, more than something we say during the Eucharist.  You will come to the realization that He is here.

He is with you.

Emmanuel.

God with us.

Ever-present, Omnipresent One, God and SAVIOUR.

 

Have no fear, God is there.

Acclaim God

“Let all the earth acclaim God.  Sing to the glory of His name, make His praise glorious.”

Psalm 66:1,2

give god the glory

This is an instruction.  An ORDER.  The Psalmist commands all the earth to acclaim God. We are commanded to “sing to the glory of His name, make His praise glorious.”

It is written, ‘the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof’. Therefore, “Let all the earth acclaim God.”

We must “sing to the glory of His name, make His praise glorious.”

Sing to the glory of God’s name.  His name is Holy.  Sing to its glorification.  Sing in sweet tones, rich melodies, or weakened voice, but “sing to the glory of His name”.  When we sing to the glory of His name, we, by consequence, make His praise glorious.

When we make his praise glorious (rich, true, pure, clean, wholehearted, free) we can cause an otherwise unresponsive Earth to ACCLAIM God.

The power is in the singing to the glory of His name, which makes His praise glorious, for as we sing that same glory fills our praise.

Sing.

ACCLAIM GOD!

 

Genesis 17:10

“This is my covenant, which ye shall keep,  between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.”

God is faithful.  Should God in His wisdom make a covenant with you, keep it.  For God surely shall honour it.

After the circumcision by the flesh, comes the circumcision by the Holy Spirit.  God not only honoured His covenant, He provided through faith in Christ Jesus a ‘painless’ way in which we could continue to be partakers in His Holy Covenant.  Christ, Jesus, bore the pain for us.

Give thanks, and sing to Jesus your gratitude.

Psalm 52 – The Mercy of God

You tyrant, why do you boast of wickedness against the godly all day long?
You plot ruin; your tongue is like a sharpened razor,  O worker of deception.
You love evil more than good and lying more than speaking the truth.
You love all words that hurt, O you deceitful tongue.
Oh, that God would demolish you utterly,  and topple you, and snatch you from your dwelling, and root you out of the land of the living!  
The righteous shall see and tremble, and they shall laugh at him saying,
“This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, but trusted in great wealth and relied upon wickedness.
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God, I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
I will give you thanks for what you have done and declare the goodness of your name in the presence of the godly.