The Name Jesus Christ is heard frequently in our society. Unfortunately, His Name is used commonly as an expression of disgust, anger, irritation, or other emotional distress. Conversely, using The Name Jesus Christ in association with His Gospel or our faith in Him is met with scorn and mocking. More recently, glorfying His Name brings the threat of a lawsuit for violating so-called separation of church and state standards, which, ironically, do not exist in the form claimed by their proponents.
The Name Jesus Christ can divide a room of people faster than any other name. For example, imagine yourself at a “holiday gathering”, as opposed to a Christmas party. What would happen if you announced, “Who would like to discuss Jesus Christ?” My guess is the room would polarize and separate into two distinctly different groups before you could blink an eye.
The Name Jesus Christ is a name of praise, not disgust. The Name Jesus Christ was given to our Savior by God the Father and was meant to glorify His darling Son. It is a personal name – Jehovah Saves – for both God and us, and in it we are reminded of God’s love.
Scripture declares we are to praise His Name and we praise Him by praising His glorious Name. Below are scripture verses from Psalms that help us understand and appreciate why His Name is a Name to be praised.
Psalm 7:17b – I will sing praise to the Name of the LORD Most High.
Psalm 8:1 – O LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your Name in all the Earth.
Psalm 9:2 – I will sing praise to Your Name, O Most High
Psalm 18:49 – Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD, I will sing praises to Your name.
Psalm 29:2 – Give unto the LORD the glory due His Name
Psalm 34:3 – Glorify the LORD with me, let us exalt His Name together.
Psalm 44:8 – In God we boast all day long, and we will praise Your Name forever.
Psalm 54:6b – I will praise Your Name, O LORD, for it is good.
Psalm 61:8 – I will praise Your Name forever.
Psalm 63:4a – I will praise You as long as I live.
Psalm 63:4b – I will lift up my hands in Your Name.
Psalm 66:2 – Sing the glory of His Name!
Psalm 66:4 – All the Earth…sings praise to Your Name.
Psalm 68:4 – Sing praise to God, sing praise to His Name.
Psalm 69:30 – I will praise God’s Name in song.
Psalm 72:19 – Praise be to His glorious Name forever.
Psalm 74:21 – May the poor and the needy praise Your Name.
Psalm 76:1 – In Judah God is known; His Name is great in Israel.
Psalm 86:9 – All the nations….will bring glory to Your Name.
Psalm 92:1 – It is good to praise the LORD and make music to Your Name, O Most High.
Psalm 96:2 – Sing to the LORD, praise His Name.
Psalm 96:8 – Give the LORD the glory due His Name.
Psalm 99:3 – Let them praise and Your great and awesome Name.
Psalm 100:4 – Give thanks to Him and praise His Name.
Psalm 103:1 – Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name.
Psalm 105:3 – Glory in His Holy Name.
Psalm 113:1 – Praise the Name of the LORD.
Psalm 122:4 – Praise the Name of the LORD.
Psalm 135:1 – Praise the Name of the LORD.
Psalm 135:3a – Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good.
Psalm 135:3b – Sing praise to His Name.
Psalm 140:13 – Surely the righteous will praise Your Name.
Psalm 142:7 – Release me from my prison, that I may praise Your Name.
Psalm 145:1b – I will praise Your Name forever and ever.
Psalm 145:21a – My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD.
Psalm 145:21b – Let every creature praise His Holy Name forever and ever.
Psalm 148:5 – Let them praise the Name of the LORD.
Psalm 148:13 – Let them praise the Name of the LORD, for His Name alone is exalted.
Psalm 149:3 – Let them praise His Name with dancing.
And what is that Name? It is Jesus!
It is normal to praise the Name of Jesus. The Name Jesus stirs praise among the redeemed, but it stirs anger, hatred, and rage among the rebellious and reprobate. The unredeemed cannot tolerate the Name of Jesus. We who are saved are the aroma of Christ to God; to those who are perishing, we are the smell of death (2 Corinthians 2:15-16).
When the religious hierarchy of the Pharisees and Sadducees heard the Apostles preaching and they saw the masses being saved, they were outraged. They arrested Peter and John and beat them. Afterwards, they called them and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in The Name of Jesus! (Acts 4:18)
When the redeemed hear His Name, they praise Him. The Name of Jesus is a name of praise! “And you shall give Him the Name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21).
The old song, There’s Something about That Name, states it well:
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
There’s just something about that Name.
Master, Savior, Jesus,
Like the fragrance after the rain.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
Let all Heaven and Earth proclaim,
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away,
But there’s something about that Name!
The Name of Jesus Christ is a Name of praise. How will you praise Him today?
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