Hallowed Be Your Name

Good morning. It is Thursday, August 27, 2015. Pre-Friday!

Today’s word of the day, from Merriam-Webster, is sycophant. This noun means, “a servile self-seeking flatterer.” In the corporate world, you might refer to them as “yes men.”

Today is Burger Day. So, to celebrate, Sonic is selling corn dogs for fifty cents. Right. I guess they didn’t get the memo. Anyway, I won’t be having a burger tonight, because it’s Thursday, and on Thursdays, we have Mexican soup.

I’m wearing a red shirt today. Why, you ask? We have been asked to wear a red shirt today, in order to kick off “Red Shirt Fridays.” I’ll let you think about that for a minute. Today is Thursday. . . Yeah, I’m confused, too. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to wear a read shirt tomorrow, also, or if every Red Shirt Friday will fall on Thursday.

Christi and I both got our new glasses, yesterday after work. So far, mine appear to be doing exactly what I needed them to do. As soon as I got home, I sat down in front of a music stand, and the music was much clearer! I’m also wearing them to look at the computer screen, right now, and it is also very clear. They are bifocal style, so the reading portion is at the bottom, toward the middle. That part works well, too, but will take some getting used to. I think I may have had bifocals, once upon a time, but it’s been probably close to fifteen years, so I have to remember how to use them.

Christi noticed that her long distance vision is much better. She does wish that she had gotten the wider progressive lens, though, as she is initially struggling with the closer vision part. I think she will get used to it, though. They said that it sometimes takes as much as six weeks to really get your eyes trained to the new glasses.

Tonight is Christi’s Huddle. I will probably try to practice some, wearing my new glasses. I’m pretty excited about this.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Today’s Psalm, from Heart Aflame, is Psalm 99.

The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he!
The King in his might loves justice. You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!
Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called upon his name. They called to the LORD, and he answered them.
In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them.
O LORD our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy!

“Now that the shadowy dispensation has passed away, God cannot otherwise be properly worshipped, than when we come to him directly through Christ, in whom all the fullness of the Godhead dwells.” (p 240)

(From Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God)

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Matthew 6:9-13

Today, we move to the second phrase in the Lord’s Prayer, which is actually the first petition. “Hallowed be your name.” Out of the entire prayer, this is the phrase that we probably struggle the most with. Keller calls it “somewhat opaque to contemporary English speakers.” There are several reasons. One is that we seldom use the word “hallowed” today. Another is that the idea of holiness (which is the basic meaning of the word hallowed) “is alien in our secularized society.” A third reason deals with logic. Why would we pray for God’s name to be made holy? Isn’t he already holy? Luther agrees, but then adds that “in our use of it his name is not kept holy.” As “born again Christians,” we all have God’s name inscribed upon us. And, as name bearers, we “represent a good and holy God, and so we are praying that God keep us from dishonoring the name by which we are called, that he would empower us to become ourselves good and holy.”

When we pray for God’s name to be hallowed, we also pray, along with Augustine, that God “be glorified among all nations as you are glorified among us.” We are asking that “faith in God would spread throughout the world, that Christians would honor God with the Christ-likeness or holiness of their lives, and that more and more people would honor God and call on his name.”

Calvin adds one more thought to these ideas. “What is more unworthy than for God’s glory to be obscured partly by our ungratefulness?” We fail to honor God’s name when we are ungrateful and indifferent toward him. “To ‘hallow’ God’s name is not merely to live righteous lives but to have a heart of grateful joy toward God–and even more, a wondrous sense of his beauty.” We would pray that God’s name “captivate us with wonderment for him.”

Father, as I seek to hallow your name, may I walk in gratitude for the grace you have bestowed upon me. May your Spirit captivate me with wonderment for your name! I pray, along with Luther and Augustine, that your name would be glorified among all nations, and that I would honor your name by living in a Christ-like way. This requires that your Spirit empower me to set aside anything in my life that does not honor you. This is the true struggle, isn’t it? I pray for that to take place, though, and that I would be continuously drawing nearer to you, in order to glorify your name. May the goal of my life be you, Father, in Jesus Christ.

I pray for this day, that our travel to and from work be safe and smooth. I pray for Christi’s day, as she continues to adjust to the reorganization that recently occurred. I am thankful that something happened in her leg yesterday that seems to have eliminated the sharp pains she has been experiencing. I pray that this continue to be the case. May your grace fill us today, that we might display your Kingdom and your Gospel. Fill Stephanie with your love today. Draw Rachel and Justin to your heart, and protect my mother with your loving arms.

Your grace is sufficient.

When we pray for God’s name to be hallowed, we pray for our own lives to glorify him, and that his name would be glorified among all nations. May we enjoy God with hearts of grateful joy.

Hallowed
Grace and peace, friends.

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