The congregation sat in their seats waiting for the guest speaker to arrive. Suddenly, an amazing thing happened. All those sitting in the last row began lifting their hands and pouring out heartfelt worship towards God. From deep within each person, erupted intense, burning, passionate praise and glorification of the Almighty God. Row after row began to rise as if on cue, one after another, until every person was lost in the awesomeness of God.
No one had said a word. No song had been sung. Unknown to the congregation that day, the guest speaker was simply walking down the side of the building towards the front and as he passed each row, something was released, deep began calling out to deep and God began to be enthroned in the hearts of all who were present.
Something is happening within my own heart, my wifes heart. We have been learning of the Fathers love, finding rest in His embrace, thrilled by how He values us, “our Father who art in heaven”. We have been stunned and renewed by the revelation of the gospel of the kingdom and the reality that the kingdom of God is here and now, available to us and through us, to everyone here and now, “thy kingdom come and thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
And we have seen in our own lives and in the lives of others around the world, the demonstration of God’s kingdom in signs, wonders and miracles as never before.
When we look at the Lord’s prayer;
“Our Father, which are in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth
as it is in heaven….”
We notice that between the revelation of the Father and the declaration of His will, on earth as it is in heaven, there is the phrase……hallowed be thy name.
To be gripped by an overwhelming yearning to hallow the name of God. A daily fire of worship rising from the heart of each believer to venerate the name of God. In all that we do and all that takes place as we co-labor with God in demonstrating His love and power, there is this underlying hunger to lavish praise and worth upon Jesus Christ. When you study the word “hallowed”, you see that it has the sense of being excited to reverence God, to declare His awesomeness, to set him apart in affection and to revel in the honor of His sacredness. The word means “an awful thing”, in the sense that it provokes awe, stuns you, captures you and holds you in the grip of the truth of how absolutely beyond anything you could imagine is this God we have been privileged to come to know.
As you look deeper into what “hallowed” means, you find that it conveys the thought of “to warm, keep warm, to cherish with a tender love and foster with a tender care”. His name should be brooded over, lovingly, protected in our hearts as the most pure, clean, holy and sacred name and the name covers all that a person is in the Bible. All that He is, everything about Him, we cherish, we protect, we honor, we love and daily we set apart in our thoughts and actions.
One of the words in the greek language for healing was to of course relieve suffering but it also means to adore God, to worship. Every miracle in itself adores God and what would it be like if all of us believers who heal the sick and see the miraculous were living stunned by His beauty, lost in awe of Him, aware of His splendor. Perhaps that would be imparted to those who were healed.
That is what I desire. I want the world to be enamored by the King of Glory. The King to be so enthroned in our hearts that we live we live seeing Him, high and lifted up, our entire being screaming from within, “Worthy is the Lamb” every day.
Living flames of love in doing good and healing all that were oppressed. Living rivers of worship from within the shrine of our hearts, in our deepest affections, from the center of our being, “hallowed be thy name”. Men who do not know him swear only in that name, isn’t that true? We are called to honor that name, hold it close to our hearts, for the name of Jesus Christ is to be glorified.
The man of God who walked down the side of that congregation and suddenly everyone burst forth in worship lived in the hallowing of His name. What he was became what took place in others. The daily enthroning and exalting of God in his own life awakened in others the desire to do the same.
Oh God, we yearn to let you know that there is no one like you. You are set apart from everything and yet you are our daddy. We so want to honor you from the depths of our hearts, lavish appreciation upon you, revel in your splendor, love you supremely, our every thought, word and deed just worshipping you. We cry out “hallowed be your name”, we cry out worthy is your name, we want to cherish your every attribute, we love you God, we love you, we love you, we love you……………