Weather report from heaven: Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “Let them praise your great and awesome name— he is holy.”- Psalm 99:3
“He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.”- Micah 5:4
Insight: Sometimes song lyrics can give us great hope and put things into proper perspective. The simple act of worshipping the Lord is a mood elevator and needs to be an everyday occurrence as a Christian. The fact is when we sing, when we pour out our praise to the Lord, we feel better. This week we will look at some of my favorite Christian song lyrics that lift my mood and reset my focus on the strength, love and grace of our God. Today,let’s consider some lyrics from the song “Your Great Name,” by Natalie Grant. I particularly love these lyrics because they speak to the power and authority of the name of Jesus: “All the weak find their strength at the sound of your great name. Hungry souls receive grace at the sound of your great name. The fatherless, they find their rest, at the sound of your great name. The sick are healed and the dead are raised at the sound of your great name. Jesus, worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us, the Son of God and Man, you are high and lifted up and all the world will praise your great name. Your great name. Redeemer, my healer, Lord almighty. My Savior, defender, you are my King. Jesus, the name of Jesus. You are high and lifted up and all the world will praise your great name.
It is impossible to sing those lyrics and not be inspired. The name of Jesus has been given all authority by God the Father of all Heaven and Earth. Revelations 22:13 says He was before all things, and He will endure beyond all things when it says “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” When we are stressed out to the max, or going through difficult times, it is imperative to lift the name of Jesus and praise him in worship. Nothing else can instantly alter our mood for the better and realign our thoughts like worshipping our King. He has all authority, and when we make Him big and put Him in His rightful place and the center of our life, our problems grow dim and suddenly seem very small. King David wrote almost half of the 150 Psalms, and many times David was worshipping the Lord and remembering His great power, faithfulness and love in order to get back on track and back in the game. Psalm 145:8-13 is a beautiful display of worship that we can emulate when we pour out our praise to our King. It says “The Lord is graciound ss and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” God has secured the victory for us in Jesus Christ. We worship Him to acknowledge His power and sovereignty and to thank Him for what he has done for us. Praise His great name, for He is our Rock and our Redeemer.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for your Son Jesus, who set us captives free from our sin. Let us exalt His name and lift it high. Let us sing the beautiful lyrics from the Song “Your Great Name” with passion and purpose, remembering how faithful you truly are God. Amen!