I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else, You have magnified Your word above all Your name! Psalm 138:2
We need to give God’s grace to others, but we need to exhibit God’s Sovereignty.
If we know anything about Hebrew custom, is their reverence for God. We know that the true Jews do not unnecessarily use the name of God; they barely even say the name of God, because He is holy and there His name is ultimate and sacred. The reverence they have toward the name of God, is so special: something that should confront us, as believers. When I first read this scripture, my heart melted. Obviously God is the Most High, Almighty, supreme God, and therefore His name tells us of His authority and reputation. And if God’s word is above God’s authority and reputation, why do we not appreciate the word of God?!
What’s in a name?
God’s name is YHWH (Yahweh, Jehovah), I Am, and El. The name of Jesus demonstrates the Authority of God:
- Mediator between us and God
- We are baptized in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit
- Deliverance is commanded by the name of Jesus (healing, and casting out of demons)
- Change of atmosphere and casting down imaginations in the name of Jesus
God exalted His Word above all other things that are under His authority, even His authority itself. Let’s play with words a little… so did Paul say that the sword of the Spirit is the name of Jesus? (Ephesians 6)
No, Paul said the word of God is the sword of the spirit. Also in Corinthians 10, Paul says that imaginations and strongholds are cast down and destroyed by the word of God. Now, I am in no way lessening or doubting our Lords supreme, all powerful and sovereign authority- I’m simply trying to bring light to the scripture.
The word of God is:
- Counsel of God
- Wisdom of God
- History of Gods people
- Food of the spirit
- Sword of the spirit
- Promise of God
- The law of God
- The commandments
Father God I pray Psalm 119 over us. That everyone who reads this blog would take time to meditate on the stanzas In the longest Psalm in Your Word.
Lord Jesus, deal bountifully with your servants, that we may live, and keep your word. Open our eyes, that we may behold wondrous things out of your law. For we are strangers in the earth: reveal your commandments to us. While rulers do speak against us, and attempt to intimidate us we will mesitate on your word, your status. Your testimonies are our delight God, and our counselors. Psalms 119:17-19, 23-24
In Jesus name, Amen.