Monday, February 22, 2016 Hallowed be Thy Name
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1
The term “Lord” comes from the Hebrew Yahweh, the personal, revealed name of God. “Our Lord” comes from the Hebrew “Adonai, a common termed used to address a king, ruler, or anyone in position of authority. The psalm begins by crying out the name of the one and only true God, and then confesses Him our ruler. “Majestic” The name of Yahweh is rightfully described. Yahweh alone is, always has been, and always will be the one who exists and, by extension, is always present to act on behalf of humankind for our salvation. “Glory” God’s majesty is tangibly revealed on earth in the wonderful details, design of creation especially in Christ’s human nature and work, and extends beyond our view into the heavens.
How is God’s name kept holy? God’s name is kept holy when the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity, and we, as the children of God, also lead holy lives according to it. Help us do this, dear Father in heaven! But anyone who teaches or lives contrary to God’s Word profanes the name of God among us. Protect us from this, heavenly Father!
Let your Spirit, O Lord, come into the midst of us to wash us with the pure water of repentance, and prepare us to be always a living sacrifice to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.