“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)
In the Bible a name stood for the character of a person. When we hear the name of God we associate it with the actions of God.
We are to hallow the name of God. Our desire should be that God’s name and reputation be known as great so that the people he made will give him the honour he rightfully deserves.
The two ways we honour God’s name is through right belief and right behaviour. When we have a concept or idea of God that is not correct or minimizes God, then we are really taking his name in vain. It does matter what we believe.
We also honour God when we realize that he is the moral lawgiver and we are obligated to be obedient to him.
Helmut Thielicke asked the question, “Could God sign his name to this?” When we consider our thoughts and actions, are they of a nature that God could sign his name to it? Could God give his approval of them?
Ultimately there is name that is above all names, and that is Jesus Christ (Phil 2:9). Salvation is only found through his name (Acts 4:12).
The first petition in the Lord’s Prayer is about the glory of God, and that is the place where prayer must begin.