June 6, 2019 Give Thanks

Psalm 75_1

Leviticus 22:32-33 Don’t Profane God’s Holy Name

Man worships at night

Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who made you holy and who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD. Leviticus 22:32-33

Comedians are known for making fun of things or other people. It is very common for different comedians to make fun of people of power or position. They treat the position of the person as irreverent and disrespect. As this occurs people lose respect for the person or the position being made fun of.

The world is very quick to tear someone down with disrespect. They demand respect for themselves, but are unwilling to give it to others.

One of the commands God had to give the Israelites was to not profane His holy name. They were to not make fun of, make light of, or disrespect God’s holy name.

All of these things can be done by how a person speaks and acts about the things of God. Although most believers would say they would never profane God’s Holy name, it is done in the church a lot. This can be seen when people refuse to show up on time to worship God with others, think about other things while in prayer for someone specific, not repenting of sins, giving only a portion of the tithe when stating it is all of the tithe, and many more ways.

Many believers also profane God’s holy name outside the church. This can be seen in the actions and words of believers while at work, in a public place, or at home. Any action that does not honor and mirror an action of God, is profane to God. It is disrespecting what God has done for the believer.

Just as God had brought the Israelites up out of Egypt, He has brought you up out of this world of sin. As a believer and follower of Jesus, you must also acknowledge God as holy. Take time to look at your own life and see how you are treating God’s name.

You are wearing God’s name as a believer. Does your actions, words and thoughts bring honor to God’s holy name?

Or are your actions, words and thoughts the same as the world’s and showing disrespect for God’s holy name?

God must be acknowledged as holy. Let the world know God is holy by being holy as He has made you holy.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will pattern your life as that of Jesus; that you will live holy as God has made you holy through Jesus; and that your actions, thoughts and words will honor God.

Psalm 8:1 & 9 An Awesome Name

LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1 & 9

David starts and ends this psalm with the same words. He is giving God praise for His wonderful name. In the middle of these two verses, David describes what God has done. God had made everything on and off the earth, and then placed man over it all.

A person’s character is what gives the person a name, beyond just the name given by his parents. People who do great things are talked very highly of and praised for the good words. Those who do wrong, and cut-down and given a bad name.

People tend to take the name of God very lightly. The world, and many believers, tend to use God’s name very flippantly, cursing or ridiculing His name. God is often called the ‘man upstairs,’ or just one of many gods. Some make promises using God’s name, with no intention of actually fulfilling the promise.

One has to stop and think about who God is. To think about everything that God has made, will just cause a person’s head to spin. Then to think that God has placed man over all of those things, makes it even more amazing.

The man who God has placed over these things, includes you. God’s love for you was so great that He made everything for you and put you in control of it. Do not forget that this was done while God knew that you would sin and walk away from Him. He knew that Adam would sin. He had already planned for Jesus to die on the cross to take away the sins of all men.

When you begin to think about all of this and what God has done for you, you will stand amazed. It is at this point that you will realize the truth in David’s words that God’s name is majestic! It is a name that is above all other names on this earth!

Jesus, who is God, lived as a human on this earth, suffered, and died for you. He did all this to give you life. What better works could God do to deserve a better name than that of Jesus, your Savior?

Sing the praise with David: LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

I pray today that you will see what God has done for you; that you will give God’s name praise; that you will not dishonor God’s name; and that you will always have a song of praise on your lips.