Blessed Be the Name
For you have exalted above all things your name and your word….I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever (Psalm 138:2; 145:1)
The Bible teaches that there are two things our Lord honors above all else: His Name and His Word. These two priorities should also be the most sacred trusts in our spiritual lives. A name is an individual’s main identification, as well as the carrier of one’s reputation. In the Bible, God renamed individual-Jacob to Israel (Gen. 32:22-32) and Saul to Paul (Acts 13:9)-to reflect more accurately their changed lifestyles. It is only normal, then, to defend one’s name at all costs.
To many people today, the names “Jesus” and “God” are merely words to use in blasphemy. To those of us who associate these names with divine love, such talk cannot be dismissed lightly. Christ Himself spoke out against becoming sacrilegious in our speaking whe He cautioned His disciples never even to swear either by heaven or earth (Matt. 5:34-37). And it should be remembered that one-tenth of the moral law deals with profaning God’s name, with this serious warning-“The Lord will not hold anyone guiltless” (Deut. 5:11). Even our approach to the heavenly Father in prayer must always be done with reverence-in the name of Jesus (John 16:23).
Let us determine to use this Christmas season to truly magnify His name and to proclaim His worth together:
“Jesus”-O how sweet the name, “Jesus”-every day the same;
“Jesus”-let all saints proclaim its worthy praise forever.
-W. C. Martin
The stanzas of “Blessed Be the Name” first appeared in 1891 in Hymns of the Christian Life. The melody was likely one of the early folk hymn tunes used in the nineteenth-century camp meetings. The stanzas were written by W. H. Clark, and the refrain was written by Ralph E. Hudson.
For Today:: Job 1:20-21; Psalms 8:1; 34:3; Isaiah 42:8; and John 10:3
Reflect on this truth: We are bearers of the divine name-CHRISTians. Worship you Lord with this musical expression.
Ralph E Husdon, 1843-1901
Arr. By William J. Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921