Holy and Reverend Is His Name

Holy and Reverend Is His NameText: Psalm 111:9

In our text, the psalmist emphasized the importance of honoring the name of God. Yet too many people mock, disregard, or carelessly invoke the name of God. It is not common for Christians to openly disparage the name of God, but many do use it flippantly. It is important that we understand and appreciate what this passage is teaching us.

What Does This Mean?

  • Holy – sacred, set apart
  • Reverend/awesome (NASB) – worthy of fear, reverence, honor, respect
  • His name – the word used to identify God (ex: God, Father, Jehovah, Lord, Jesus, Christ, etc.)

Why Do We Regard His Name This Way?

  • Because of His great works (Psalm 111:2)
  • Because His righteousness endures forever (Psalm 111:3)
  • Because He is gracious and compassionate (Psalm 111:4)
  • Because He blesses His people (Psalm 111:5-6)
  • Because He upholds truth and justice (Psalm 111:7-8)
  • Because He has redeemed His people (Psalm 111:9)
  • Because this is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10) – leads to understanding (Proverbs 9:10), obedience (Ecclesiastes 12:13), salvation (Psalm 85:9)

The Law Based Upon This Fact

  • Fearing God leads to obedience (Ecclesiastes 12:13) – this particular verse is about a specific way we show respect; we regard His name as “holy and reverend
  • This was the reason for the third of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:7)
  • What does it mean to “take the name of the Lord…in vain“? – swearing by the name of God, irreverently using His name, thoughtless worship/praise

Does This Still Apply Today?

  • The old law has been nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14) – some commandments were carried over to the new law (Exodus 20:13; Romans 13:9); some were not (Exodus 20:8)
  • The third commandment is not explicitly stated in the new law, but we can infer that it still applies – God is still holy (1 Peter 1:15-16); the Lord is still to be revered (Hebrews 12:28); His name is still to be treated as holy and worthy of reverence (Philippians 2:9-10)

How Do We Apply It Today?

  • We are not to take God’s name in vain – swear by His name, use it irreverently, thoughtless praise
  • We are also to be careful about using euphemisms – not all euphemisms are wrong, but we should refrain from using words that replace but mean the same thing as an inappropriate word
  • The bottom line is that we need to be careful with our speech (Matthew 12:36-37)

Conclusion

  • God is worthy of praise and for us to treat His name with reverence
  • We need to be careful with the words that we use – not speak inappropriately and dishonor Him

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