# 322 A journey through the Psalms. Psalm 113. The name that is above every other name.

Praise the Lord, you his servants;
    praise the name of the Lord.
(Psalm 113:1)

In my last Post I quoted these words:

“Throughout Scripture God reveals Himself to us through His names. When we study these names that He reveals to us in the Bible, we will better understand who God really is. The meanings behind God’s names reveal the central personality and nature of the One who bears them.”    https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/misc/name_god.cfm

So, does this continue from the Old Testament (OT) into the New Testament (NT)? It certainly does and in fact, the OT contains prophesies concerning the names of the coming Messiah as follows:

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6)

 Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel … [which means “God with us”].    (Isaiah 7:14, Matt 1:23)   

And then when we move into the NT, we see the fulfillment of these and numbers of other prophecies in the coming of Jesus as follows:

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins … [Mary] gave birth to a son [and Joseph] gave him the name Jesus.      (Matthew 1:21, 25)

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.  (Philippians 2:9, 10)

On his [Jesus] robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.  (Revelation 19:6)

Jesus himself promised to his followers:

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.     (John 14:4)

John wrote his wonderful Gospel and concluded:

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.   (John 20:31)

Luke recorded in Acts that Peter preached:

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved … Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.    (Acts 2:21, 38)

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”     (Acts 4:10, 12)

Over the centuries there have been numerous songs written concerning the name of Jesus. Here are the lyrics of a recent one:

“You were the Word at the beginning
One with God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ

What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus…

Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, God, You reign
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name above all names

What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus”

(Written by Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood, 2016 Hillsong Music Publishing)

And if you would like to listen, here is the YouTube link:


Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, you his servants;
    praise the name of the Lord…
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
    the name of the Lord is to be praised.

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