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.

Sugar-Coated Garbage

My dad’s birthday is coming up and there is a very good chance I will get a card in the mail soon so he can actually get it before or on his birthday. It would no doubt shock him if I were to accomplish that amazing feat. More than likely my wife will pick it out, but I will actually sign, address and mail it. When I address it, I will write out his name (legibly), put the address below his name and then below that, his city, state and zip code. Why…because I want it to actually get to him.

[Why in the world are you writing about this?]
Great question. I’m glad you asked. Hang on, I promise you that I have a point.

Now, if I were to simply write on the envelop, “Dad”, with a stamp and return address, what would happen?

[Well duh, the post office would return it to you.]

That is correct, because it is not clear who I am talking about. It could be anyone’s dad. The note inside would probably only work for my dad, but I am sure someone could twist it to make it work for their dad too.

[Okay, I’m ready for your point now.]
Well, here you go.

Recently I came across a prayer that was used in a Christian church that started in this way…

Mother of all Wisdom, and Father of Surprise

[Umm, I thought you said a “Christian church”]
That’s what I said. Shocking, I know.

You see, this has bothered me ever since I came across that prayer and far be it from me to leave it alone. What is wrong with that address? Simply this – it is not clear to whom it is being addressed. The prayer could have been used with any religion; mystic, naturistic, cult, etc. There was nothing Christian about the prayer. And worse yet, this type of language is being peddled in many mainline denominations as trendy and progressive, but it is anything but Christian. It is sugar-coated garbage, and it is killing people. And the antidote/defense? Actually, read the Bible and listen.

It saddens me and sickens me that people I know and care about are taking this in, thinking it is biblical because their pastor endorses it. God is God; Father, holy, mighty and powerful. God is Creator, Healer and Sovereign. God needs to be addressed appropriately. There is no need to get creative, progressive or trendy. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We don’t need to grow with the times and/or the culture.

To use titles and terms like I shared above is misleading and paints a picture of a god that does not save. Stick to the Bible and address your prayers in such a way that the recipient (God) is honored, glorified and revered, not using terms like…

Mother of all Wisdom, and Father of Surprise
Mother God
Our Mother who art in heaven

Allow me to call it what it is: sugar-coated garbage.

Holy God, Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, may Your name be held in honor and esteem. Teach us to use Your name in such a way that You are glorified. You are worthy and thus may we never take liberties with Your name in order to be trendy and “with the times”. Father God, You are awesome. All praise be to You through Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.

Undone

The following is the liturgy of repentance for tonight’s Lenten worship service. The scripture focus is Isaiah 6:1-8 — The Call of Isaiah. God is holy and we are not. In God;s presence; when compared to His moral perfection and purity, we have no standing. In the words of Isaiah, we are undone.

Holy, holy, holy, are You, oh God.
The whole world; all of creation, is filled with Your glory.
YOU are holy and…
I am not. I am but a worm. I am a sinner.
Unworthy
Unclean
In the words of the Prophet Isaiah, Woe is me! For I am lost.
I am undone.
I am undone.
Woe is me, oh Lord, for I have unclean lips.
Woe is me, oh Lord, for I live among those who are unclean.
Woe is me, oh Lord, for I am ruined.
I am undone.
Woe is me.
I am the epitome of uncleanliness.
I have no standing in Your presence, for…
YOU are holy, holy, holy.
But You have made me clean through Jesus.
You have made me worthy.
You have completed me.
You have forgiven me? WOW!
Oh God, I rejoice. Send me. Send…ME.
But first,
Oh Lord, my God, hear my cry: I repent…

Holy God

Holy God,

As the full moon brightens the night sky,
may Your Word shine (brighter) in my life.

As the morning dew covers the ground,
may Your Holy Spirit cover me (more completely).

As the sun rises high in the sky,
may Your majesty rise (higher).

As Your Son has risen from the grave,
may I, too, rise with him.

Holy God,

You are
awesome,
glorious,
magnificent,
loving,
compassionate
and mighty to save.

And so I worship You,

Holy God.

In Jesus name, Amen.

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