Christianity 201

May 31, 2014

God: Even His Names are Holy

I Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

I think I’ve shared this before, but…

I once asked my sons if when we’re having family devotions and the devotional material moves from the author’s commentary to actual scripture text if they’re able to detect the change as I’m reading.  They can’t see the page, after all, and I don’t say “quote” at the beginning of every quotation.

As I expected, they said that often they can tell, and it’s not always a familiar passage for them.

That’s how I feel when I listen to a song that begins with scripture, in today’s case, the names of God. God’s names are holy. Spoken, read, or sung, they have a white-hot intensity to them that you don’t find simply listening to someone read a sermon transcript or comment on a passage.

Years ago, there was a movement based in New Zealand called Scripture-In-Song. I don’t know how David and Dale Garrett would fit into today’s commercialized modern worship movement, but there are times I wish that the worship we have now contained more actual text.

Also years ago, a popular Christian singer named Andrae Crouch said that he grew up with a stuttering problem, but discovered that when we sang passage of scripture, they flowed off his tongue without hesitation.

Psalm 19:14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

I realize today’s remarks may seem somewhat tangential both to the text and the song which follows, which prompted my thoughts today, but I hope that it serves as a reminder of the need to immerse ourselves in Bible text, and not be distracted to things which, although helpful, are always secondary.

1 Comment »

  1. Amen! Which is why it irks me (and forces me to say something) when God is spoken of as “the Man upstairs” or similar.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — June 2, 2014 @ 5:22 am | Reply


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