Your word magnified above all your name

Psalm 138--2

The Verse of the Day for July 8, 2016 is taken from Psalm 138:2 (NLT):

I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.

Forty-nine years ago, I was introduced to this verse in the King James Version:

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

This particular scripture was the inspiration for the blog entry posted a year ago which is modified and reposted below:

Without question God is great and greatly to be praised. Throughout the Psalms and elsewhere in the Scriptures, we find references to the magnitude of the name of the Lord:

Psalm 148:13 proclaims:

 

Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

 

Proverbs 18:10  declares:

 

The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

 

One of the first occurrences of the phrase “call upon the name of the Lord” is found in Genesis 12:7-9 (NLT)

 

Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord

 

Throughout the Old Testament God is referred to by a number of different names. Later in Genesis 22 following his experience on Mount Moriah with his son Isaac, Abraham uses the designation Jehovah Jireh—the Lord as creator who provides—the inspiration for this poetic reminder:

Jehovah Jireh is your name

Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh

(which means “the Lord will provide”).

To this day, people still use that name as a proverb:

 “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

Genesis 22:14 (NLT)

 

You remind us Jehovah Jireh is your name:

Everlasting Father—Provider—Great I AM.

Of your unfailing kindness our souls shall proclaim.

For yourself you have always provided a lamb.

All who hope in you shall never be put to shame.

In the place of sacrifice, you supply a ram.

To walk boldly by faith is the only way out

Of barrenness and lack, even as with Abraham,

Who followed the Word of God and refused to doubt.

Even as you probe our hearts with a thorough exam,

We follow the straight path that you have marked out,

That we may stand before you with no sense of blame.

Our deficits far exceed such a vast amount,

But God reconciles the books and settles each account.

 

So we see that the name of the Lord great, for the Bible states that He has “a great name.” Just as our individual names reveal our identity, so the name of the Lord reveals who He is:

1 Chronicles 29:11 reminds us of just how great God is:

 

Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

 

Psalm 108:5 reinforces the same message:

 

Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth;

 

Psalm 113:4 likewise declares:

 

The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

 

Although there is no greater power in the universe than God almighty, the latter part of Psalm 138:2 reminds us that God has magnified His Word above all His name. Once we recognize to a greater degree the magnitude of the Word of God which is expanded far beyond the greatness of God and all that He is, our hearts should overflow with gratitude that we can called upon the name of the Lord.

 

We conclude with a medley of songs “Blessed be the Name of the Lord’:

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