Friday, January 6, 2012

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Hallowed Be Thy Name
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Matthew 6:9b
If there is anything that we need to learn from the Lord’s Prayer, it is that prayer is God-centered and we should pray so that God’s name will be magnified and recognized as holy and sacred. Prayer is more than the privilege of coming to Him but it is a vehicle God uses to demonstrate who He is. Prayer is recognizing God’s majesty, glory and power and our submission to it.
The name of a person is very important because the name bears the character of that person. Therefore, the name of Jesus is and will be above every name.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippinas 2:9-11). In Scripture, the name stood for the whole character of the person. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee (Psalm 9:10).
Some of the names of Jesus in Scripture are found in the Gospel of John. John 6:35, And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 8:12, 9:5,  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. John 10:9, I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:11,  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 11:25, Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: John 14:6, Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 15:1, I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
To hallow something is to set it apart as special, to dedicate it, to consecrate it to God for His special use. Abraham Lincoln used the word hallow in his famous Gettysburg Address.
“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract......”
So how do we hallow His name? How do we really reverence God?  We can hallow His name when we believe He exists. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6). God is accused of being unloving at times or harsh, or unforgiving. When you think wrong thoughts like that about God, you don’t understand who He really is, and you have not hallowed His name.
When we are constantly aware of His presence and live everyday of our lives giving place to Him, we hallow God’s name. In Psalm 16:8, what does David say he does? I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. We hallow the name  of the Lord when we live a life of obedience to Him. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Thought:  To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever should be our constant delight. While it is serious business to glorify God, it should not be a drudgery. It does cost something to be identified with the name of Jesus Christ, but when you consider all the benefits and that you will spend eternity with Him, the price is worth the blessing. May you hallow His name always, for He truly is worthy.

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