Psalm 8:1 (NASB)
“O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!”
As we preapare our hearts for the next Lord’s Day (Jan 15, 2017), let us pause to consider the excellencies and the majesty of God’s Names. Each name that God uses in the Bible reaveals something unique about His character.
In Genesis 17:1 God reveals himself as El Shaddai (God Almighty/the all sufficient God). The excellence of this name is in revealing that God is the source and sustainer of all we need.
In Exodus 3:14 God reveals His Name as Ehyeh Aser Ehyeh (I AM WHO I AM) or YHWH for short. Had we 1000 years together, we could not plumb the depths of how excellent the Name, YHWH, really is. God is the uncaused source of all things. This is the proper name of God in the Old Testament; hence the Jews called it the name by excellence, the great name, the only name, the glorious and terrible name, the hidden and mysterious name, the name of the substance, the proper name, and most frequently shem hammephorash, i.e. the explicit or the separated name, though the precise meaning of this last expression is a matter of discussio
Every thing has been made for His glory and His pleasure.
The Last Name for our reflection is YHWH Shua (the God who saves/God my savior). Matthew 1:21 tells us, “you shall call His Name Jesus, for He shall save his people from their sins.” This is God’s most glorious Name; it is the Name that is superlative above all other Names. In revealing His Name as Jesus (YHWH Shua or Iesus in the Greek), God reveals Himself as the one who superintends all of redemptive history. He is the father in the parable of the prodigal son, the One who seeks the son who has been lost to Him and the repair of the damaged relationship. It is this name that we gather corporately, on the Lord’s Day to celebrate and to give our honor to. YHWH Shua is the God whom we shall adore for all eternity.
Shall we pray…
YHWH our God, there is no other Name that compares to yours. As we prepare our hearts to gather in your Presence, would you keep the majesty of Your Name in the front of our minds so that we may worship You with all of our vigor and with hearts burning in passion for Your glory. We ask this for Christ’s glory and the excellence of His Name. Amen.