I have been blessed to hear some truly revelational teaching lately. Not revelational in that I had never heard it before but revelational in that I actually heard it this time, and it is changing me. Today I was exhorted to act upon it and not let it slip past and become just another good “teaching.”
This life-changing revelation comes from Psalm 103. Now before you nod automatically, rehearse the verses by rote in your head in three different translations, mentally agree that it is indeed a good passage of scripture and then promptly shut off your mind, feeling confident you have heard it all before, let’s just see if there might not be some new spark of light left in this, shall we say, well worn psalm.
- All that I am, praise the LORD;
everything in me, praise His holy name.
- My whole being, praise the LORD (NCV)
With all my innermost being; with my mind, will and emotions, I will praise the Lord! I will take control of me, I will take the authority given to me by God over all creation (Gen 1:28) and bring me into alignment. Mind, you will praise the Lord! (1 Cor 2:16) Every thought, every imagination, magnify your God! Organs, you will praise the Creator. (Psa 139:14) You will glorify Him by functioning as you were designed. Hands and feet, you will wave and dance in response to the King of kings! (Acts 17:28) Oh my soul, who lives and moves and has your being in Him, you will rejoice and bless His name!
Let every cell of my being praise His name….and what is His name? I AM. His name is I AM. When someone asks, “Who are you?”, our first response is to tell them our name. In the Bible, names were very important. They defined your character, your destiny. Sometimes, after meeting God, those names were changed to more accurately reflect their new character or their new destiny as a result of that encounter. Today, though the meanings of names have lost much of their significance, our names are still very important to us. When someone forgets our name or mispronounces or misspells our name, it upsets us, we feel belittled somehow.
God’s name is very important to Him. In fact, Jesus has the name above all names. His name defines His character and declares His destiny; and because we are one with Him, His name defines us as well. We are one with Him, by His choice and He has given us His name, because of His great love for us. The significance of this sometimes gets lost in the cacophony of bad reports and names thrown at us on a daily basis.
One of the ways we praise Him is to agree with Him even when we don’t feel like it or we see the opposite going on. To agree with what we are feeling (sick) or seeing (lack) is, at best, stating the obvious but, at worse, we are coming into alignment with the curse. When we say, “I am sick” we are connecting His name – I AM - with the curse - sickness. When we say, “I am poor, I do not have enough”, we are linking His name (our name) with the very thing He died to release us from.
- I will praise the LORD.
Deep down inside me, I will praise him.
I will praise him, because his name is holy.
- I will praise the LORD.
I won’t forget anything he does for me.
- He forgives all my sins.
He heals all my sicknesses.
- He saves my life from going down into the grave.
His faithful and tender love makes me feel like a king.
- He satisfies me with the good things I long for.
Then I feel young and strong again, just like an eagle. (NIRV)
I will praise the Lord because my praise changes things, my praise opens doors, my praise causes alignment, my praise brings the future into the now. My soul will bless the Lord and I will praise the Lord with everything I am!
Lynda L. Morrison