Devotions for July 4, 2017

MATTHEW 6:9

9 Pray like this: 

Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.

PSALM 96

1 Sing a new song to the Lord!
Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
2 Sing to the Lord; praise his name.
Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
3 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
4 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
He is to be feared above all gods.
5 The gods of other nations are mere idols,
but the Lord made the heavens!
6 Honor and majesty surround him;
strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.
7 O nations of the world, recognize the Lord;
recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.
8 Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!
Bring your offering and come into his courts.
9 Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.
Let all the earth tremble before him.
10 Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
He will judge all peoples fairly.
11 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
12 Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
Let the trees of the forest sing for joy
13 before the Lord, for he is coming!
He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with justice,
and the nations with his truth.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

Shakespeare once wrote, “What’s in a name?” For God’s name, it means everything. To hallow His name means to set Him apart as holy, to worship His purity and righteousness, and to adore Him for Who He is.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: How does the Psalmist feel about God’s name, and what does he feel should be ascribed to it?

Q: Though God is as close as a friend, are you honoring His holy name in your prayers and in your daily life?

Q: It seems the whole world is taking part in praising God’s name in this Psalm. How can this reminder shape the way you view missions and sharing the Gospel to everyone you encounter?

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