by Bill Rudge
Photo by Roy DeMattio
What parent wants their name disgraced by his or her children? A bad name is a curse while a good name is a blessing. People live and die to protect the testimony of their name and the reputation of their family. How much more the Lord defends the honor of His name.
“I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8).
While many in today’s society are attempting in every way possible to silence and profane the name of the LORD, we as believers must acknowledge and reverence His name by both our words and the example of our lives. The third Commandment is:
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain” (Exodus 20:7).
First Chronicles 17:24 tells us His name should be “magnified forever.”
The prophet Ezekiel states:
“Thus says the Lord GOD, It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. I will vindicate the holiness of My great name…” (Ezekiel 36:21-23).
David said to Goliath:
“You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts” (1 Samuel 17:45).
Solomon built the house (Temple) for the name of the LORD (1 Kings 8:20). Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal in the name of the LORD (1 Kings 18:32). The Psalms frequently mention the name of the LORD. A few examples follow:
“I will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High” (7:17).
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (20:7).
“From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised” (113:3).
“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD” (118:26).
“Our help is in the name of the LORD” (124:8).
Proverbs 18:10 tells us that
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower.”
Micah 4:5 states:
“We will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever.”
Psalm 23, which you have probably read or recited many times, says:
“He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (verse 3).
The Lord’s Prayer starts out:
“Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9).
Jesus told His disciples to ask of the Father in His name (John 15:16, 17; 16:23-27). The Apostle John tells us that his Gospel and the miracles of Jesus he recorded were
“written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31).
Acts 2:21 promises:
“And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
Acts 4:12 tells us there is salvation only in the name of Jesus for
“there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
The Apostle Peter said to the crippled man:
“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” (Acts 3:6).
At Damascus and Jerusalem the Apostle Paul was speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord (Acts 9:27, 28). Paul said to the slave girl possessed by a spirit of divination:
“In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” (Acts 16:18).
Colossians 3:17 exhorts:
“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
James 5:14 instructs:
“Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
His Name the Only One
The primary motivation for me to live a pure life is to honor my Lord and not be a reproach to His name. The secondary reason is to avoid the consequences warned and exemplified throughout Scripture, and experienced throughout history by those who ignore or violate His Word. In every way possible we as believers must respect and reverence the name of the Lord – just as we hope our children will honor our name! We must also believe in, trust in, pray in, and be witnesses in (through both word and deed) the name of the Lord.
The day is rapidly approaching when according to Zechariah 14:9:
“The LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.”
The crucial question you should ask yourself daily is: “Do my words and behavior honor or dishonor the name of the Lord?”