I had a college friend whose mother named her while watching the Micky Mouse Club; I’m sure she’s not the only one to have been named that way. But, in the Bible, names have tremendous importance; often, chosen in light of some spiritual or family event. Proverbs says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (22:1), and Ecclesiastes says, “A good name is better than fine perfume” (7:1). Biblically, one’s name tended to say a lot about that person as names distinguish individual identity (Exodus 2:10), describe personal characteristics (Acts 9:36), and convey spiritual destiny (Matthew 1:23).
Because names mean something, God’s Holy Name reveals His nature, character, and conduct. In other words, it communicates who he is and how he works in our lives. The Scriptures for this week remind us that God’s Holy Name is mighty, sovereign, and covenantal. His Holy Name is personal and powerful, therefore worthy of honor and reverence. As the mighty and sovereign Lord, nothing is impossible for him! As the personal, covenantal Lord, He graciously provides everything we need!
Because we know that God’s Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12), we know that the Lord is the Shepherd of everyone who calls on his Holy Name!