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That Holy Name

I know that what I am about to address is either foreign to many, or may not be in vogue today. Nonetheless, I believe the biblical admonition is still apropos. My Bible still reads, "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain" (Exodus 20:7). His name is to be revered and carefully guarded with a holy fear. The Jews of old would not even speak the name of Jehovah (LORD), but took extra precaution to guard against unwarranted usage of His name by saying, Adonai (Lord).

  We should never use our God’s name or any euphemism
(replacement word - i.e. gosh, geez, etc.) in a casual way, as an exclamation (i.e. "O my-"), or obviously, attached to cursing.

  So what are times and ways for appropriately speaking
the precious name of our God? The only appropriate times of using the name of the Lord are as follows:

1. In Prayer - Our Lord Jesus instructed us to pray to the
Father (Jn. 16:23), and by example prayed to Him,
the only true God (Jn. 17:3). The Apostle Paul
instructed to "make your requests known unto
God" (Phil 4:6), and often prayed to God for the
2. In Praise - The Bible is replete with songs of praise,
and exhortation to give thanks (Psalm 146-150;
Eph. 5:20). To direct our worship to the name of
God without ceasing is mandated (Heb. 13:15).
3. In Proclamation - We are to tell others of a God in
Heaven that loved us enough to send His only
Son, Jesus, into this world of sin to die for that
same world's sin. The God-man, our Lord Jesus
Christ, has been given a name that is above every
name, and the only name by which we must be
saved (Phil. 2:9; Acts 4:12).

Thus, let us be very, very careful in our use of the glorious, holy, and beloved name of the great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

"Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the
door of my lips." Psalm 141:3

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