We kicked off our Names of God series this past Sunday by exploring “What’s In a Name,” and delving into the name God gave Himself, I AM. As I reflect on that moment when God revealed this name to Moses, I’m reminded that God told Moses to take his sandals off because the ground he stood on was holy. It wasn’t particularly special ground except that it was the place where God’s presence was at that moment.
God’s presence made it holy and worthy of reverence and deference. We read this and see that God’s holiness should evoke a natural fear, or respect in us that we mustn’t suppress.

  • Revelation 15:4: Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.
  • Philippians 2:9-11: Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Understand, though, that this respect is not meant to be forced upon us, we are meant to give it freely. Neither is it to be given impersonally from a distance. Rather, God’s holiness should inspire surrendered, personal worship.

  • Psalm 99:5: Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His footstool; Holy is He.

The imagery of worshiping at the footstool of the Lord reminds me of Mary weeping as she washed Jesus’s feet with her hair because of His holiness, perfection, goodness, mercy, grace, forgiveness and love. Imagine how our lives would be changed if we exalted God this way. Consider how much closer you would be to the Lord if you acknowledged His holiness by worshipfully pursuing Him in this manner. We can hold back no longer.
Romans 12 reminds us that we are to worship God with everything we do. Even the most mundane elements of our lives should be done unto the Father as an offering of praise to the Lord whose holiness is unmatched.

  • 1 Samuel 2:2: There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
  • Exodus 15:11: Who among the gods is like you, Lord?  Who is like you – majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?

Now, despite His holiness and perfection infinitely outpacing our own; God the Father, the Creator of the Universe, the Great I AM wants, chooses, and makes it possible to engage in real relationship with each of us. Our response, therefore must be to give God’s name and nature the respect they deserve. That respect is manifested in love, complete devotion, and outright surrender and worship of the Lord.
I am so excited to continue our series on the Names of God this week. Sunday we will discuss the name Jehovah Jireh. And next Wednesday (4/25) we kick off our interactive Bible study on the other names of God. That starts at 7:00 in the Chapel and will go throughout this Names of God series. I look forward to seeing you at both services this week and pray God uses this series to deepen not just your knowledge and understanding of Him, but your relationship with Him.
P.S. For those that would like to print out the summary slides from our RISEN series, you can access those slides by clicking here.
In His Service,
John McRae