What’s in a NAME?

I really can’t help it, for it simply happens.

It happens more often than not and I am unable to deny the power…

the power of His Name.

His Spirit consumes me when I hear, say His name. It fills me with such inexpressible joy and awe that my tear ducts begin to fill. Even right now. There is no variation in emotion depending upon where I am or what I’m doing. From a church service or intimate worship time to driving down Rt. 13 or baking up a storm, it’s all the same…vividly exceptional and ever-increasing reverence. Part of me wishes to think it silly for a split second (am I an emotional wreck?), but there’s no denying His consuming fire. I wish I could explain, but then again, I don’t believe that one can convey the phenomenon of the Father’s surpassing glory.

His name encapsulates everything He is.

I am humbled yet again. I am astounded that He would give me such satisfaction and never cease to drench me in His Love. Jesus. He is my Father, Friend, King, Provider, Conqueror, Healer, Savior…

Saang Province, Cambodia Credit: Stephanie May

I began to really think about the Name of the LORD last November while in Asia.

In my tent, I tossed and turned over a question. “How did the resounding of His name hold such magnitude?”

We saw it happen, my teammates and myself. We prayed for people to be healed in the name of Jesus. They were healed. We declared that darkness flee in the name of Jesus. It relinquished and vanished.

The Father’s name…it was repeated. Echoed. Shouted. Proclaimed.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going tot the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”    -John 14:12-14, NIV

His name is LIVING.

I know that there is more “theology” to all of this. There are things that I don’t yet comprehend and may never know. There are more thoughts that I have yet to work out. There are crucial connotations in the Hebrew. I have only touched the surface of Jehovah. I am eager to know more, but for right now, I am enthralled to just BE in His presence. Right now, I find rest in YHWH.

“…God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so 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, ESV

May we abandon fear and encounter Him fully. May we crave what He has for us, no matter what it may look like. He so longs to reveal His glory.


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