BLESS HIS HOLY NAME

Psa. 103:1 ¶ Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and all that is within me,

bless his holy name!
Solomon said that the name of the Lord was like fragrant ointment poured out. Have you ever sensed the sweetness of the glory of the Lord? His glory is closely associated with His name. In the Old Testament, the glory of the Lord was unapproachable, only the high priest could go before the Lord on our behalf. Because of Jesus, we all now have access into His presence. There is a sweetness about the Name of Jesus that is like no other. We can actually experience the glory of His presence because of the preciousness of His name. Here is how Jonathan Edwards connects the glory of the Lord to His beautiful name.
“And the same illustrious brightness and effulgence in the pillar of cloud that appeared in the wilderness, and dwelt above the mercy-seat in the tabernacle and temple, so often called the glory of the LORD, is also often called the name of the LORD. Because God’s glory was to dwell in the tabernacle, therefore he promises, Exodus 29:43: “There will I meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.” And the temple was called the house of God’s glory, Isaiah 60:7. In like manner, the name of God is said to dwell in the sanctuary. Thus we often read of the place that God chose, to put his name there: or, as it is in the Hebrew, to cause his NAME to inhabit there. So it is sometimes rendered by our translators, as Deuteronomy 12:11. “Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there.” And the temple is often spoken of as built for God’s name. And in Psalm 74:7, the temple is called the dwelling-place of God’s name. The mercy-seat in the temple was called the throne of God’s name or glory, Jeremiah 14:21. “Do not abhor us, for thy name’s sake do not disgrace the throne of thy glory.” Here God’s name and his glory seem to be spoken of as the same.”
In the Old Testament the name of the Lord was so holy no one dared to utter His name. Today we can call on the Name of Jesus. There is no other name given to man for his salvation. The name of Jesus is like fragrant oil poured out. Shout His name, whisper His name, worship His powerful name.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and all that is within me,

bless his holy name!”

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