An awesome name

Psalm 34:3 “Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!”

Jesus – what a great and awesome name.  It’s a name that believers are told to exalt, to lift up, to praise.  Jesus – it’s a name that represents the God who is wonderful – the One and only God who came to earth as a man.  He did everything He could to communicate with us.  He came to us, lived among us, and then suffered and died for us so that we could have life.  He is the One who counsels us and guides us through every circumstance of life. He is Eternal. He always was and He always will be.  He is almighty, with infinite power; power over nature, power over demons, power over sickness, and power over death. He is the Prince of Peace.  To just say His name the believer is reminded of Who He is and of Whose they are.  Nothing can ultimately touch those who know Him, for though we should die, not a hair of our head will perish (Luke 21:18).  Nothing can separate us from His great love.

Jesus: nothing but a curse word to the world who hates Him, but the source of salvation to the world whom He, nevertheless, loves.    Jesus: may we lift up, glorify, and praise His name before others. May we glorify His name with lives that follow His example.  Might He increase and might we decrease (John 3:30), for the truth is, He is the one “the strap of whose sandal (we are) not worthy to untie (John 1:27).”  Yet He has condescended to us to lift US up, to call us His children, and to make it possible to live with Him in glory forever.  We are all sinners, and “not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness” He has shown to us (Genesis 32:10).  Nevertheless, “while we were yet sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).”  May we be those who magnify the name of the Holy Lamb of God who alone is “worthy to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing (Revelation 5:12)!”  In wonder, the apostle John could say “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are (1 John 3:1)!” 

How wonderful is a love like this! Let us exalt His name together.

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