What A Beautiful Name!

“Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11 NLT)

Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood wrote the words and music for the song “What a Beautiful Name.” I’ve put the link at the end of this post, so you can listen to it. The song chronicles who Jesus, the Word, was in the beginning, why He came to earth, what He accomplished through His death and how He now reigns with God in power, glory, and majesty.

I love the words in the song that say: “Death could not hold You; The Veil tore before You; You silence the boast of sin and grave; The heavens are roaring the praise of Your glory; For You are raised to life again; You have no rival; You have no equal; Now and forever God You reign; Yours is the Kingdom; Yours is the glory; Yours is the Name above all names.” Wow! What anointed and joy-filled words!

Will you worship with me for a few moments as we lift up the name of Jesus? As we think about and rejoice in all He is and what a powerful, loving, compassionate Savior He is.

The powerful name “Jesus” was the name the angel instructed Joseph, who was engaged to Mary, to name the Baby she was carrying. Why that name? Because it summarized His mission on earth: “for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) If you love Jesus, can you even begin to think of where your life would be without that powerful name? Helpless and hopeless to find a cure for the deadly disease of sin that ravaged your life. Doesn’t it bring joy and delight to your heart just to whisper His holy name?

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And as you run your race of faith, how pointless it would be without that powerful name to declare victory over Satan, sin, and death. What point would there be if this life is all there was? Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 15:19: “And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.” Why? Because this life is war! This world is the battlefield on which we fight against the forces of evil that are alive and active in the world. The war extends even to our hearts and minds as we seek His strength to win each day’s battles. To struggle every day without the hope of heaven would be utter futility.

Jesus has no rival! He has no equal! At the name of Jesus demons flee, raging storms grow still, disease takes flight, families are healed, addictions cease, peace reigns, and death holds no fear! Hope in the name above every name fills us with courage to pray boldly, live generously, and fight the enemy of our soul relentlessly! Why? Because this world is not our home. We’re strangers and pilgrims passing through this life on our way home to Jesus!

Sometimes, especially in worship, I so long to be with Jesus. I so long to leave this world behind and see Jesus face to face. Yet, there is a part of me that wants to stay here as long as possible. As long as there’s one more soul who hasn’t yet heard His wonderful name. As long as there’s one more loved one who has yet to yield their life and allegiance to Jesus. As long as there’s one more neighbor who walks in darkness. As long as there’s one more young man who needs a mentor. As long as there’s one more prayer of praise, adoration, honor, and thanksgiving to be raised to my Father in that powerful, wonderful, majestic, holy, and beautiful Name, the Name above all names, I want to stay right here, loving and serving Jesus.

Whatever may be standing against you, declare victory in the powerful, wonderful, beautiful name of Jesus. He IS your victory! Seek Him! Love Him! Serve Him! Worship Him!

Hallelujah! What a beautiful Name! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQWFzMvCfLE

Blessings, Ed 😊

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