for God's Name
and reverend is his name. Ps. 111:9
Reverence should be shown also for the
name of God. Never should that name be spoken lightly or thoughtlessly. Even in
prayer its frequent or needless repetition should be avoided.
Those who are brought into covenant
relation with God are pledged to speak of Him in the most respectful, reverential
Swearing, and all words spoken in the
form of an oath, are dishonoring to God. The Lord sees, the Lord hears, and He
will not hold the transgressor guiltless. He will not be mocked. Those who take
the name of the Lord in vain will find it a fearful thing to fall into the
hands of the living God.
By the thoughtless mention of God in
common conversation, by appeals to Him in trivial matters, and by the frequent
and thoughtless repetition of His name, we dishonor Him.
What faint views some have of the
holiness of God, and how much they take His holy and reverend name in vain,
without realizing that it is God, the great and terrible God, of whom they are
speaking. While praying, many use careless and irreverent expressions, which
grieve the tender Spirit of the Lord and cause their petitions to be shut out
"Holy and reverend is His
name." We are never in any manner to treat lightly the titles or
appellations of the Deity. In prayer we enter the audience chamber of the Most
High, and we should come before Him with holy awe. The angels veil their faces
in His presence. The cherubim and the bright and holy seraphim approach His
throne with solemn reverence. How much more should we, finite, sinful beings,
come in a reverent manner before the Lord, our Maker!
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