We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount.
We’ve been taking a deeeeep dive into the model prayer Jesus gave his listeners:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
We should always begin our prayers with worship by praising and thanking God for who he is.
Have you ever noticed that God’s name isn’t exactly “hallowed” by the world? All you have to do is watch TV for a few minutes. The odds that you’ll hear God’s name used as a swear word versus in a worshipful way are approximately 982,473,925,687,598 to 1.
Let’s reverse that trend, starting now.
But first, what exactly is God’s name? Moses asked God that very question. Here’s how He responded:
I AM WHO I AM.
This is what you are to say to the Israelites:
I AM has sent me to you.
So, one thing we do when we “hallow” God’s name is to stop for a moment and contemplate that HE IS THERE. He exists. Always has. Always will.
The Old Testament is full of God’s people hallowing His holy name. Here are a few Psalms to help us all do the same. Meditate on ’em. Marinate in ’em. Memorize ’em.
Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being,
praise his holy name.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
I praise you because
I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
I will exalt you,
my God the King;
I will praise your name
for ever and ever.
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