1. Hello, listening friends.
2. We are glad you tuned in to this program.
3. We are continuing in this series of messages on the Lord's Prayer;
4. and, today, I’m going to talk to you about the special emphasis on the name,
5. because, in biblical culture, names are of uttermost importance.
6. Names are as significant as the person, himself.
7. Names are not just sentimentality, but are absolute representation and explanation of who you are.
8. In biblical culture, names always have meanings.
9. That meaning often describes the person’s character and the roles that he or she should play in life.
10. Many times, God changed people’s names and gave them new names to represent who they are to God.
11. For example, Abram became Abraham.
12. It is the same way with God’s name.
13. God’s name is more than just a title.
14. God’s name represents all that He is.
15. God’s name represents His reputation.
16. God’s name represents His authority.
17. God’s name represents His nature.
18. God’s name represents Who He is.
19. The ancient Hebrews respected the name of God so much that they decided not to write it down.
20. When Moses asked God of His name, God said, “My name is 'I AM.'”
21. His name is not "I was," for He is not only the God of the past.
22. His name is not "I will," for He is not only the God of the future;
23. but “I AM” says that "I am He Who was, and is, and will be forever."
24. The Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, in trying to emphasize Who He is, told the Jews, in John 8:58, “…before Abraham was, I AM.”
25. He was telling them, and He is telling us, that He is the same I AM Who appeared to Abraham.
26. He is the same I AM who appeared to Jacob.
27. He is the same I AM who appeared to Moses;
28. and, now, He is appearing in the flesh for all to see.
29. Jesus said, “When you pray, pray in like manner: ‘Our Father, Who is in Heaven, hallowed be Your name.’”
30. The first expression in our prayer life is for the name of our God to be hallowed.
31. God’s name should be first and foremost in our minds.
32. Some of you might not like your name and you cringe when someone calls your name;
33. but not so with God.
34. What is Jesus saying, here, about the name of the Father?
35. He is saying that, when we pray, we are saying, "Father in Heaven, may Your person,
36. and Your identity,
37. and Your character,
38. and Your reputation,
39. and Your very being,
40. be always honored."
41. "Hallowed be Thy name" will mean nothing to you, unless you know the character of God.
42. "Hallowed be Thy name" will mean nothing to you, unless you are intended to honor and revere His character.
43. "Hallowed be Thy name" will mean nothing to you, unless you are delighted in His character.
44. You can imagine God’s character to be a six-sided cube.
45. One side, there is purity, holiness, flawlessness.
46. On side two, you see an absolute love, compassion and concern.
47. On side three, you see righteousness, justice and impeccability.
48. On side four, you see mercy, kindness and longsuffering.
49. On side five, you see honesty, truth and dependability.
50. On side six, you see faithfulness, understanding and interest in His children’s well being.
51. Some want to choose His love, but reject His justice.
52. Some want to accept His compassion, and reject His purity.
53. Some want to believe in justice, but not in love;
54. but, when you pick and choose, you are not worshipping the God of the Bible.
55. To say, "Hallowed be Thy name" is to accept all of Who God is.
56. Now, the word "holy" means to be "set apart" or "set aside."
57. To hallow the name of God is to set Him apart for praise and for adoration.
58. To hallow the name of God is to set the name apart for one purpose,
59. and that purpose is to magnify it, and honor it, and glorify it.
60. How do we magnify and glorify God?
61. First, we do it in praise, using our hearts and our voices.
62. Secondly, we do it by giving from our substance.
63. Thirdly, we do it by obeying Him in every area of our lives.
64. Fourthly, we do it when we praise God with our voices.
65. Someone once said, "If you want to see the devil get mad, express thanksgiving to God."
66. Let’s look at the three forms of praising God:
67. in words,
68. in giving,
69. and in obedience.
70. In fact, the origin of the word "adoration" comes from applying the back of the hand to the mouth, or, kissing the back of the hand.
71. Kissing the back of the hand is a symbol of deep respect and submission.
72. Adoration of our heavenly Father is saying that we recognize Your sovereignty over us.
73. We surrender to Your power and authority over us.
74. We seek Your dominion over us.
75. We gladly place You first in our lives.
76. We freely submit our will to Your will.
77. That is what praise and adoration is all about.
78. The very nature of praise is unselfishness.
79. The very essence of praise is the decentralization of self.
80. The very heart of praise is the relinquishing of self or preoccupation with self.
81. Relinquishing our preoccupation with self-renders us to be spiritually healthy.
82. Many people find it difficult to give genuine praise and adoration to the living God in all, or any one, of these three forms.
84. Because people are self-centered.
85. We are preoccupied with who we are, and not Who God is.
86. We are more concerned with what people think, rather than what God thinks.
87. When King David got carried away in the praising and the adoring of his Lord, and he even danced before the Lord,
88. his sour and bitter wife, Michal, the daughter of Saul, lambasted him, when he got home.
89. She said, "How can you lower yourself before the servants?"
90. David looked at her preoccupation with self-reputation and said, in effect, "There is nothing I would not do in honor of my Lord God."
91. Jesus is teaching us to pray, saying, "May Your name be honored and glorified in us."
92. No wonder the Psalmist said that God inhabits the praises of His people.
93. If you do not go to worship with the attitude of praise and adoration of God, you will walk out of there the same way you went in.
94. I would like to tell you a few things about the power of praise.
95. Paul and Silas were arrested and were thrown into prison in Philippi.
96. After they were beaten and they were bleeding, with their feet in the stocks, they were singing praises to God.
97. In direct response to their praise and adoration of the name of God, an earthquake shook the entire city.
98. It tore the prison gate wide open and the prison warden got converted to Christ.
99. What did praise do?
100. Praise shook the ground.
101. Praise opened the prison door and brought about salvation to the lost.
102. Let me give you another example.
103. In 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20,
104. when Jehoshaphat was forced to face the Syrian army,
105. there was no way for him to defeat the Assyrians.
106. He sent the priests ahead of the army.
107. What were the priests doing in the war?
108. They were singing praises to the name of the Lord.
109. What were the results?
110. 185,000 enemy soldiers were defeated without even firing a shot.
111. When Moses got out of Egypt with nearly two million complainers and murmurers, they were facing the Amalekites.
112. Moses went to the mountaintop and lifted up his rod, which is a posture of praise.
113. As long as his arms were up, God’s people had victory.
114. When his hands were down, they were defeated;
115. so, Aaron and Hur had to hold his arms up until victory was complete.
116. Praising the name of the Lord speaks victory to your situation.
117. Psalm 22, verse 3, tells us that God indwells the praises of His people.
118. Are you a praising person?
119. Do you praise with your lips?
120. Do you praise with giving of your money back to God?
121. Do you praise with your conduct?
122. When Isaiah was privileged to peer into the very presence of God in Heaven, he heard them sing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts! The whole earth is full of His glory.”
123. Today, we hear people who take the name of the Lord in vain.
124. We hear people who degrade and defile the name of our Lord.
125. God’s character is ridiculed;
126. but do you know why people use the name of the Lord in such a blasphemous way?
127. Because His holiness, purity and righteousness make the unregenerate heart uncomfortable.
128. Because His righteousness and goodness invoke, either, reverence and awe, or, hostility and anger.
129. This is why praise, not only in words, but in giving and in obedience, is power in your life.
130. I can bring honor and praise to the name of God by how I conduct my life.
131. Let me explain.
132. You must recognize each day that God’s reputation is resting on you.
133. God’s reputation is, either, going to get credited, or, be discredited, by the way you speak and deal with people.
134. Do you realize how you can bring praise to His name?
135. Some Christians live their lives as if it is a burden,
136. or, they try to keep it as a secret.
137. They are reluctant to speak of Him.
139. Lest they get accused of being unbalanced, religious fanatics.
140. Hallowed be Your name.
141. Teenagers often act with ingratitude or lack of appreciation and that hurts the parents;
142. yet, parents know how wonderful it is when children express delight and love and gratitude toward their parents in public.
143. Parents want to do even more for their children because of their attitude of gratitude.
144. Grateful children become sheer delight to their parents.
145. The same principle applies in our relationship with our heavenly Father.
146. To honor and uplift His great name produces an immediate response of love in His great heart.
147. To praise Him with your heart and lips,
148. to praise Him with your giving,
149. to praise Him with your obedience,
150. is a sheer delight to the heart of God.
151. The more we are lost in adoration of our God, the more we are blessed and overwhelmed with His loving response toward us.
152. My listening friend, let me ask you this:
153. do you feel that Heaven is like brass and you only hear the echoes of your prayers?
154. Do you feel that God is not responding to you?
155. Try praise;
156. and not just once, but develop the life of praise.
157. All the time, every day, bless the name of Jesus Christ the Lord;
158. then, feel the delight of the Lord toward you.
159. Until we meet again, I wish you God’s richest blessing.