God’s Name and His Word

David declares “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name” (Psalm 138:2). Take notice here, the connection between worship, God’s name and God’s word. There are several thoughts to be drawn from here but we will only mention two. First, in order to exalt the name of God in worship it must be done in accordance to His Word. There are some places of worship that have nearly forsaken the Word of God completely in their services. We do worship the Lord in song, so long as those songs are in accordance to the teachings of scripture, but we must also conduct the services in accordance to the Word and also have the Word of God taught and proclaimed. If God has magnified His Word above His name then we cannot exalt His name while ignoring His Word. Secondly, our relationship to God is no better than our relationship to His Word. If we think that we can be close to God just because we try to talk to God often or we try to live a good moral life and yet we ignore time spent in the Word of God then we have deceived ourselves. In our day we have so many religious speakers, religious materials, spiritual events and spiritual music. Some of these may even be great and add greatly to our spiritual growth. However, they are a poor substitute for the Word of God. Never let other spiritual things that may be good replace your time and devotion you need to have in the Word of God. Facebook may even have some great spiritual quotes, but it’s a poor substitute for the Holy Scriptures.