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Your word magnified above all your name

July 8, 2016

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’:

The Kingdom of God

June 4, 2016

1 Chronicles 29--11Found in the section of scripture that is part of “David’s Prayer,” offered when the Temple was completed, the Verse of the Day for June 4, 2016 expresses the greatness of God and His kingdom:

1 Chronicles 29:11 (AMP):

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and on the earth; Yours is the dominion and kingdom, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.

Here is the section of “David’s last prayer,” a doxology giving glory to God, expressed in the Amplified Bible:

1 Chronicles 29:10-13:

David’s Prayer

10 Therefore David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly and said, “Blessed (praised, adored, and thanked) are You, O Lord God of Israel (Jacob) our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and on the earth; Yours is the dominion and kingdom, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. 12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all. In Your hand is power and might; and it is in Your hands to make great and to give strength to everyone. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.

This section of Scripture reminds us of the vastness of the Kingdom of God which rules over all for all eternity. The lyrics to the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah resound in our ears, not only during the holidays, but the scriptures remind us that “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.”

The Psalmist also declares, “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.” Daniel 4:3 also makes known: How great are his signs! And how mighty are his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation. The Kingdom of God that shall reign over all the earth is part of the unfolding vision revealed in Daniel 7:27 (AMP):

27 Then the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints (believers) of the Most High; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.’

In the passage commonly called the Lord’s Prayer, we note references to “The Kingdom” in the prayer Jesus Christ taught his disciples to pray:

Matthew 6:9-13 (AMP)

“Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 
‘Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 
‘And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment].
13 
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’

The Verse of the Day and related scriptures remind us that God Almighty  is sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient, the all-wise ruler  of heaven and earth. The Kingdom of God abides within us, and we are presently

Living in the Realm of the Kingdom of God

Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there!

For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts]

and among you [surrounding you].

Luke 17:21

 

In this place of transition where God makes covenant

We find the comfort that we seek and the sweet release

Of the Jubilee extended to each bondservant.

Though turmoil surrounds us, we are kept in perfect peace

With a blessed assurance that we are ever secure,

Abiding under the shadow of the Almighty,

But we must wait with patience and not faint but endure.

While pressing toward the mark for the prize of the victory,

We are living in the realm of the Kingdom of God,

As we submit our lives to Kingdom authority

And respond to each fiery trial with the Word of God.

No longer in bondage, we are redeemed and set free.

“It is written”: the true standard where we always find

Strength to triumph, transformed in the spirit of our mind.

 A new song of praise by David Baroni boldly proclaims “The Kingdom of God is Here”:

Your Word above all your name

July 8, 2015

Psalm_138-2The Verse of the Day for July 8, 2015 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-eight 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 now modified and re-posted 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.

Throughout the Old Testament God is referred to by a number of different names. One such designation is 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 for the privilege of not only reading the Word of God but being entrusted to teach it. He has committed unto us “the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5: 19). What an indescribable honor!

Listen to a musical rendering of Psalm 138 by Christian Worship and Scripture Songs (Esther Mui).

Living in the realm of the Kingdom

June 4, 2015

1 Chronicles-29--12Found in the section of scripture that is part of David’s Prayer of Praise, offered when the Temple was completed, the Verse of the Day for June 4, 2015 expresses the greatness of God and His kingdom:

1 Chronicles 29:11 (KJV):

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.

This section of “David’s last prayer” is offered as an introduction that gives glory to God:

David’s Prayer of Praise

1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (NLT):

10 Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly:

“O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel,* may you be praised forever and ever! 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. 13O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!

This section of Scripture reminds us of the vastness of the Kingdom of God which rules over all for all eternity. The lyrics to the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah resound in our ears, not only during the holidays, but the scriptures remind us that “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.”

The Psalmist also declares, “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.”(Psalm 103:19) Daniel 4:3 also makes known: “How great are his signs! And how mighty are his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.”

The Verse of the Day and related scriptures remind us that God Almighty is sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient, the all-wise ruler of heaven and earth. The Kingdom of God abides within us and we are presently

Living in the Realm of the Kingdom of God

Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there!

For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts]

and among you [surrounding you].

Luke 17:21

 

In this place of transition where God makes covenant

We find the comfort that we seek and the sweet release

Of the Jubilee extended to each bondservant.

Though turmoil surrounds us, we are kept in perfect peace

With a blessed assurance that we are ever secure,

Abiding under the shadow of the Almighty,

But we must wait with patience and not faint but endure.

While pressing toward the mark for the prize of the victory,

We are living in the realm of the Kingdom of God,

As we submit our lives to Kingdom authority

And respond to each fiery trial with the Word of God.

No longer in bondage, we are redeemed and set free.

“It is written”: the true standard where we always find

Strength to triumph, transformed in the spirit of our mind.

The Maranatha Singers offer this musical reminder to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God”:

Displaying the power of God

June 4, 2014

1 Chronicles 29--11

Without question, the Lord is great and greatly to be praised. The Verse of the Day for June 4, 2014  from 1 Chronicles 29:11 also brings to mind the concluding words of the Lord’s Prayer which expresses similar sentiments in Matthew 6:13 in the Amplified Bible:

13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

As I reflected upon those verses, I thought of a scientific discovery that occurred five years ago which provided a clear demonstration of the awesome power of God. Thanks to NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope,the eyes of the world focused on Saturn, the second-largest planet in the Solar System. According to CNN, “Scientists at NASA have discovered a nearly invisible ring around Saturn — one so large that it would take 1 billion Earths to fill it.”

The bulk of the massive then newly sighted ring in 2009 starts about 3.7 million miles (6 million km) away from the planet and extends outward another 7.4 million miles (12 million km). The ring’s orbit is tilted 27 degrees from the planet’s main ring plane. With Saturn’s diameter being nine times greater than Earth’s, the diameter of the supersized ring is equivalent to lining up 300 Saturns side by side. Most amazingly its entire volume can hold one billion Earths.

Reading about these discoveries in outer space and other current events caused me to see and appreciate the magnitude of the creative power of God in a new way. This information is staggering in light of the demonstrated power of God manifested through the Spoken word of God recorded in Genesis where “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Later the account indicates, “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. . .” Then almost as a modest aside, we learn “He made the stars also.” All the starry hosts with its millions upon millions of stars God made, each of which He numbered and called by name.

With this awareness of who God is in mind, I acknowledge that no matter how challenging and insurmountable any situation may appear to be, we should recall that nothing is too hard for God. He asks, “I am the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?” In fact, the old gospel song reminds us,

Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?

Got any mountains you cannot tunnel through?

God specializes in things called impossible;

And He will do what no other power (Holy Ghost power) can do.

One of the most powerful expressions of the exceeding greatness of God’s power or ability is found in the prayer recorded by Paul in Ephesians 3:16-23. Ephesians 3:20 shines as one of the crowning jewels in that exquisite expression of God’s ability:

And God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.

The recent discoveries in outer space also helped to see in an even more profound way that, indeed, “God is able.” I thought of the lyrics to this song:

He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
He healed the broken hearted and set the captive free,
He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see;
He’s able, He’s able, I know He’s able,
I know my Lord is able to carry me through.

I close with the magnificent benediction from Jude which is a further reminder that God is able:

24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, now and ever. Amen.

Listen to Chris Tomlin, who offers this powerful declaration in a medley of “How Great Is Our God” and “How Great Thou Art.”