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What’s in a name?

‘God’ and ‘Jesus’ how often have you heard these words today? Sadly they are often spoken in anger, frustration, as cheap punctuation or throwaway comments.

I once worked for a firm of stockbrokers in London. The language was earthy to say the least, but as a young Christian, I resolved not to blaspheme. I took my stand because the Lord’s Prayer teaches that God’s name is to be ‘hallowed’ and to belittle it was offensive to me.

God isn’t an impersonal force, like in Star Wars. He wants to be known personally by all generations. God’s name reveals His character and it is put into everything He does – with a clear signature! We should note in Genesis 2:4, that it’ when the heavens and the earth were finished that the Creator is called ‘Lord’. This means worship is not guesswork, for we praise a God who’s disclosed Himself.

Maybe today is a day for praising the name of the Lord. This shouldn’t be a duty, but a privilege for the Lord’s servants. For when you treasure His name, you will experience divine power in your life. And if that Name doesn’t come readily to your lips in a wholesome way or you forget its power, then open your eyes and let the wonder of creation whisper the Name above all names in your ear.

A prayer: There is power in your name, Lord. May I honour and treasure it in my heart, words and worship. Amen.

Tony is a Superintendent Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45 am). Tony is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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