Psalm 29:1-11 (NIV): Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.’
Selwyn writes the following: ‘In the psalm we have read today, the psalmist draws our attention to another reason why we ascribe glory to God: because of His name.
As you are aware, a relationship is transformed when we are able to call a person by their name. God has revealed Himself to us as a personal God who can be known personally and loved and worshipped.
Biblical worship has many facets, one of them being a joyous celebration of the fact that God has revealed His name – a name that demonstrates and introduces us to His reliability, faithfulness, love, mercy, deliverance, power and compassion.‘
A person’s name in Scripture often indicated a characteristic of their personality; and it’s also true with the various names ascribed to God throughout Scripture. The most amazing aspect of knowing God’s name – is that we are given an insight into HIs character. Our God, is not like other people’s gods; which are often seen as distant, can be malevolent or change their mind on issues, yet more often or not – are presented as unknowable, in a personal sense.
As followers of Jesus, we have something which is very unique. We have the words of God as taught by Jesus when He was with us. We now have His Spirit with us, to guide us on all aspects of truth. Jesus, as God with us, has made His nature known to us.
In John14:12-14 (NIV), we read: ‘Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.‘
Also, John 1:11-13: ‘He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.‘
Finally, in Luke 11:2 – ‘Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. … ” ‘
In the above verses, you can see that in knowing Jesus’ name we can pray directly to Him – as God’s children we have been given the right to know His name; and, in our prayers, our first priority is to recognise the holiness of God’s name. In no other faith system is there such a strong, personal relationship between man and God – it’s pretty amazing when you think about it.