Friday, July 26, 2013

Use the name of God in a way that brings him glory.

            Do you remember when you were in grade school?  Once in a while your group of friends would pick on someone.  Maybe they’d call them names or say bad things about them behind their backs.  And there were most likely times that others treated you the same way.  If you were on the side that was saying bad things about someone else, it perhaps made you feel more important.  None of us felt good, however, when we were on the receiving end, when we were laughed at or spoken against.
Even today, there are times when people get upset with us, for whatever reason, and say mean things about us.  Maybe they say them to our face or maybe just grumble behind our back.  But in either case, if and when we find out that a person is treating our name and reputation in a bad way, we’re not happy about it.  It makes us angry that others treat us that way, especially when it turns out to be a “friend.”
How do you think God feels when people use his name wrongly?  The fact is that we don’t have to wonder how God feels.  He lets us know very clearly and very strongly in his Word – You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” (Ex 20:7)
We can misuse the Lord’s name in many names. The most obvious is when someone, in anger, calls upon God to damn someone to hell.  If such a person truly realized what they were asking for, they would never make such a wish.
We misuse God’s name when we use it carelessly.  “My God, what a pretty table cloth!”  “God, it’s hot today!”  We may not think much about it but are we not using his name in a careless way?  What are we doing when we say a prayer in God’s name and don’t think about what we are saying?  God says that he will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name.  We must all ask God for forgiveness for this sin.
How are we to use God’s name? As children of God we need to know the answer to that?  The most obvious answer is that we are to call upon the name of the Lord for our salvation. (Romans 10:13)  It is the only name by which we can be saved.  God would also have us share his saving name with others.  Jesus Christ is not only our Savior but theirs.
Our Lord also says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you.” (Psalm 50:15) In prayer, we invoke God’s name to help us in time of need.  He has promised to hear our prayers and help us.
We ought also to be praising God’s name.  Praising God for the wonderful things He has done.  He is worthy to be praised for the wonderful creation we enjoy, for our bodies that were made in such a wonderful way.
We will also use God’s name in thanksgiving.  We will thank God for the food we eat, the clothing we wear and the shelter over our heads.  We thank him for our government, our families, for the blessings we enjoy in our country, and so much more.  We praise Him for every good thing we have. 
            We have a most loving and wonderful God and Lord!  Let’s use his name faithfully out of love for him.