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 declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Have you ever just sat down and said Jesus’ name out loud? Maybe during your quiet time of prayer or in a moment of crisis when you had nothing else you could do.
Kneeling before Him, have you spoken each of His powerful attributes, thanking Him for each one?
I have accepted the commitment that God laid on my heart at the end of 2014 and am reading through the Bible in a year using the She Reads Truth 365 Days of Truth reading plan. I look forward to my readings each day but I most of all love the designated scriptures for Sundays. Right now, on Sunday, I am in the Psalms and oh how refreshing that is to end the week with.
Psalms is full of begging God for rescue and calling to Him for help but it is also covered with praise of who He is. Not because David, the writer, needs anything or because he is trying to flatter God but because the One he is praising deserves it and he is compelled to worship.
Today, after my normal reading, I wrote in my journal as usual but when it came time to pray, I was filled with a strong desire not to ask anything of God. Usually I walk through each request in my prayer journal and lay them before My Father. He loves that. He has asked me to come to Him with my requests. I bring my family before Him, my marriage, my friends and my heart.
Today was different though. After reading each Psalm for the day, my soul was overcome with His name and I called out each one that came to my heart. That is all. I did not ask Him for a thing. I did not lay any requests at His feet. I simply praised Him for Who He is.
Just – I will thank the Lord because He is JUST. Psalm 7:17a
Most High – I will sing praise to the name of the Lord MOST HIGH. Psalm 7:17b
God of Wonders – O Lord my God, you have performed many WONDERS for us. Psalm 40:5a
Comforter – For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his COMFORT through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:5
Love – But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is LOVE. 1 John 4:8
Trustworthy – For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are TRUTH, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 2 Samuel 7:28
All Knowing – Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, YOU KNOW it altogether. Psalm 139:4
Our Father – And yet, O Lord, you are our FATHER. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. Isaiah 64:8
Peace – For he himself is our PEACE, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility. Ephesians 2:14
Strength – The Lord is my STRENGTH and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7
The names and attributes of God are endless. You could literally spend all day speaking them before the Lord. Why is this important, though? Why spend your time of prayer proclaiming His name and attributes to Him? Because He is worthy of our praise and as much as He loves to hear our needs and meet them, He also loves for us to kneel before His throne in worship of who He is.
Not only does He love the praises, He knows we need this. Psalms 147:1: Praise the LORD! How good to sing praises to our God! How delightful and how fitting!
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10
There is no one like our God and no name has ever or will ever be more powerful. Praise and speak each name and truth His name holds before Him. Bring your worship to your Father, asking Him to reveal who He is to you and then exalt Him. There is great power in His name! Worship His Majesty!
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.
1 Chronicles 29:11
Cassandra writes at Raising Up Stones where she encourages mothers and wives to embrace what may seem like the longest days but are the shortest years of their lives. She has been married to her best friend, who can always make her laugh, for 10 years. Together they have three children and she began homeschooling her kindergartner and Preschooler this year (as the one year old destroys the house!). Her passion for making each moment count with her children, finding romance in the chaos and experiencing real intimacy with God is evident in all that she writes. She hopes to inspire and encourage women in each of these areas. You can join the journey on her blog, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.