It’s never old. It’s never dead. It’s always full of wellsprings and springboards, of thoughts and questions and answers and wonders… and reasons to praise His name… and names to praise, as well.
I open again to Genesis, and read the Creation account again, and think once more how numberless are the reasons to praise Him in the things He’s created. Every plant, animal, element of nature… every stunning wonder of outer (and inner) space is in itself a reason, making the count burgeon far, far beyond 10,000 Reasons, each reason firmly rooted in scripture.
But my heart rises high beyond the Creation… “up the sunbeam,” to the sun, up from the created to the Creator, our Maker, and my mind turns the latch, the idea of Him as Creator, which opens the door to another huge room of reasons in itself.
Then into my thought flow come other names He bears, another part of scripture lately read:
Prince of Peace,
(All the above in Isaiah 9:6. Ponder each and catch your breath!)
(a name Isaiah abounds with: Isaiah 41:14;43:14;44:6,24;47:4;48:17; 49:7. Hover your cursor over each, and savor what else it says about Him. These verses are loaded with other names He bears:)
The Holy One
King of Israel
The LORD of Hosts
The LORD Your God
(Can’t you just lose yourself in the depths of praise reasons each name contains?)
Then in my later reading further in Genesis, other names emerge:
The God-Who-Sees (Gn 16: 13-14)
The God-Who-Provides/Will-Provide (Gn 22:13-14)
and moving beyond this first book into Exodus I come soon upon that mighty
JHWH/YHWH, the great self-existent I AM
There’s much more here, in these two books alone, in the names He bears, in the actions that attest them, in the glories that radiate outward from them. And there’s so much more in the rest of scripture about each of those names and its outworking, its glory… I could take them one at a time and fill a blog page in no time. (Perhaps in the future I will…)
But this, right here, is plenty to chew on all through the next week, or two, or three!
“Let my mouth be filled with Your praise, and with Your glory, all the day.” –Psalm 71:8