Holy Name

This is part two of a series of poems I am working on centered on the Lord’s Prayer. Part 1, Our Father, has been posted. I look forward to praying through and meditating on the other petitions. To God be the glory!

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Oh God,

“Hallowed be thy name”
Yes, Your name is holy!
It is to be honored and adored.
None other is close to being the same.

For,

You are perfect in all You do.
You are perfect in all Your ways.
You are perfect in righteousness.
So allow me the time to review.

“It is good”, You have said of all You’ve made.
In Your own image You created me.
Your Law is sure, right and pure.
Your glory has been displayed.

You are perfect in all You do.
You are perfect in all Your ways.
You are perfect in righteousness.
To speak of You I can’t overdo.

You are the giver and sustainer of life,
There is nothing outside of You.
To live in our own futile ways,
Means nothing but eternal strife.

May Your name be held up high,
By all who call upon You.
Through Jesus Christ the holy one,
My life You will never deny.

Oh God,

You are perfect in all You do.
You are perfect in all Your ways.
Hallowed be Your most awesome name,
None other can ever outdo.

May the world know and honor Your name,
As awesome, perfect and true.
May its honor be held up so very high
And its glory be always proclaimed.

Living Worship

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. [Romans 12:1]

Weekly gathering for corporate worship is just part of what we do as members of the body of Christ. We worship not to become Christians, we worship because we are Christians. Worship is not a have to; a duty, but rather a get to; a want to; a joy. That’s part of our worship life. Another part of our worship life happens “Monday through Saturday” as we present our bodies; our very lives to God. We offer our lives to God as a living sacrifice; forsaking all others and all things; placing God first. We live in such a way that is different from the world and that, right there, is really what is at the core of worship. You see, everyone worships. It is just a matter of who or what. What makes Christians different; holy, is that we worship a living, eternal God, not a finite, powerless god. We worship a God that is holy and thus demands that we be holy. God does not demand just part of our life, but the whole thing.

When you present your body to God as an act of worship you are saying to God, “Here I am. Mold me, shape me, guide me, direct me. Help me be more like Jesus. Help me be more holy as You are holy. Here I am, all of me.”  Don’t mistake worship as a weekly event but rather see your worship as a 24/7 way of life that submits to and glorifies God. When we divide our worship out or only present part of our bodies/lives to God, there is conflict and tension within our lives and our very being but when our whole being and life is presented to God, then you are at peace. Don’t divide your life up, present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. In the words of a popular praise and worship song…

Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

The Pastor -|—