One of my favorite books to read this time of the year is Songs of the Nativity; Selected Sermons on Luke 1 & 2 by John Calvin, this week I read a passage which I want to share with you as we consider the Names of our Savior:
“He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.” Luke 1:49
“The holiness of God’s Name is something so sacred and so exalted that it should stir us up to pay Him homage, and should move us to such reverence that every time we thought and spoke about Him we recognized Him as the source of all that is good. Conversely, God’s name is profaned whenever we disparage him, by treating him as an idol, a lifeless object, or whenever we fail to to value Him as He deserves. God’s name is holy when, as the Psalm says, He is everywhere extolled, and His praise is spread throughout all the earth.
“God’s name will always be holy, Only our ingratitude stops us giving Him the honour He deserves, and our ingratitude will not go unpunished.
“We pray every day ‘Hallowed be your name’… God’s Name is called holy in order that we might learn to fear him in all humility, and to never think of Him without also tasting His powers. We must aim to know Him as He deserves to be known, and to so yield to the authority of His Word that we tremble before it.”
Blessed be the Name of our Lord!
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This is a very thought provoking post. Thank you!!! “Only our ingratitude stops us giving Him the honour He deserves, and our ingratitude will not go unpunished.” That really is the sum of all of what is.
True, beautiful. Thank You.
Blessings Dear Sister,
“God's Name is called holy in order that we might learn to fear him in all humility”
I love this. It's a prayer all it's own.
Blessings on you Becky!
“We must aim to know Him as He deserves to be known,” Oh, that we would realize that He is the source of all and the very power which drives it; that He alone is the One who can fulfill in us the “must” and the “aim” that we might know Him “rightly.” His wisdom He gives us, to do just that, but most of all He gave us Christ, knowing that we'd fall so terribly short of all that He deserves, again and again.
Blessings, Becky, and thank you for always pointing to His excellencies! and why it is that we so need Him!