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“Hallowed be Thy Name” December 18, 2006

Posted by larrylaz in Quotes.
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Joe,

As you know, I am on a break for a few weeks from preaching through the Sermon on the Mount, and it will probably not be until April that I get to the Lord’s prayer.  But something tells me that when I get to preaching on that glorious beginning to Christ’s prayer, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Thy name…” that this quote from Thomas Watson will find its way into my sermon:

 “‘Hallowed be thy name:’ it is the first and great petition; it contains the most weighty thing in religion, which is God’s glory. When some of the other petitions shall be useless and out of date, as we shall not need to pray in heaven, ‘Give us our daily bread,’ because there shall be no hunger; nor, ‘Forgive us our trespasses,’ because there shall be no sin; nor, ‘Lead us not into temptation,’ because the old serpent is not there to tempt: yet the hallowing of God’s name will be of great use and request in heaven; we shall be ever singing hallelujahs, which is nothing else but the hallowing of God’s name. Every Person in the blessed Trinity, God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, must have this honour, to be hallowed; their glory being equal, and their majesty co-eternal. ‘Hallowed be thy name.’ To admire God’s name is not enough; we may admire a conqueror; but when we say, ‘Hallowed be thy name,’ we set God’s name above every name, and not only admire him, but adore him; and this is proper to the Deity only….

…It is the very end of our being. Why did God give us life, but that by living we may hallow his name? Why did he give us souls, but to admire him? and tongues, but to praise him? The excellence of a thing is the end for which it was made; as of a star to give light, and of a plant to be fruitful. So the excellence of a Christian is to answer the end of his creation, which is to hallow God’s name, and live to that God by whom he lives.”

May we spend our lives in spreading the name and renown of Jesus to the ends of the earth,

Larry

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