~* BLESSED BE THE NAME *~
W. H. Clark, 19th Century
Refrain by Ralph E. Hudson, 1843-1901

I will extol thee, my God, O King; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Psalm 145:1 and Psalm 138:2

The Bible teaches that there are two things our Lord honors above all else: His Name and His Word. These two priorities should also be the most sacred trusts in our spiritual lives. A name is an individual's main identification, as well as the carrier of his reputation. In the Bible, God renamed individuals--Jacob to Israel (Genesis 32:22-32) and Saul to Paul (Acts 13:9)--to reflect more accurately their changed lifestyles. It is only normal, then, to defend one's name at all costs.

To many people today, the names "Jesus" and "God" are merely words to use in blasphemy. To those of us who associate these names with divine love and salvation, who know them to be the name of almighty God and not to be taken in vain, such talk cannot be dismissed lightly. Christ Himself spoke out against becoming sacrilegious in our speaking when He cautioned His disciples never even to swear either by heaven or earth (Matthew 5:34-37). And it should be remembered that one-tenth of the Ten Commandments deals with God's name, with this serious warning--"Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain" (Deuteronomy 5:11). Even our approach to the heavenly Father in prayer must always be done with reverence--in the name of Jesus (John 16:23).

Let us determine to use this holy day season to truly magnify God's blessèd name and to proclaim His worth together:

"Jesus"--O how sweet the name,
"Jesus"--every day the same;
"Jesus"--let all saints proclaim
Its worthy praise forever.
~W.C. Martin~

The stanzas of "Blessed Be the Name" first appeared in 1891 in Hymns of the Christian Life. The melody was likely one of the early folk hymn tunes used in the 19th Century camp meetings.



All praise to Him Who reigns above
In majesty supreme,
Who gave His Son for man to die,
That He might man redeem!

Blessèd be the Name! Blessèd be the Name!
Blessèd be the Name of the Lord!
Blessèd be the Name! Blessèd be the Name!
Blessèd be the Name of the Lord!

His Name above all names shall stand,
Exalted more and more,
At God the Father’s own right hand,
Where angel hosts adore.

Blessèd be the Name! Blessèd be the Name!
Blessèd be the Name of the Lord!
Blessèd be the Name! Blessèd be the Name!
Blessèd be the Name of the Lord!

Redeemer, Savior, Friend of man
Once ruined by the fall,
Thou hast devised salvation’s plan,
For Thou hast died for all.

Blessèd be the Name! Blessèd be the Name!
Blessèd be the Name of the Lord!
Blessèd be the Name! Blessèd be the Name!
Blessèd be the Name of the Lord!

His Name shall be the Counselor,
The mighty Prince of Peace,
Of all earth’s kingdoms Conqueror,
Whose reign shall never cease.

Blessèd be the Name! Blessèd be the Name!
Blessèd be the Name of the Lord!
Blessèd be the Name! Blessèd be the Name!
Blessèd be the Name of the Lord!



*For Today*: Job 1:20 & 21; Psalm 8:1, 34:3; Isaiah 42:8; John 10:3

Reflect on this truth: We are bearers of the divine name--CHRISTians. Worship your Lord with this musical expression.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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