Worthy of Praise


Knowing God Through His Names

Key Bible Verse: Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain. (Psalm 48:1, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 48

To reverence God’s name is to reverence God. David writes, “Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to his name” (Ps. 29:1-2, NASB). The better you understand God’s names, the more you will worship him. The better you see and experience God’s manifestation of his names in your life, the more you will ascribe glory to him.

When [football] players make a great play – particularly when defensive players tackle a ball carrier – they get back up and lift up their arms. That signals to the fans, “Give it up!” In other words, the player is saying, “Did you see what I just did? Give me the praise that’s due!” The stadium erupts with cheering as people acknowledge the great play.

Over and over in Scripture, God shows up in people’s lives in miraculous ways – ushering them into victories, defeating opponents, tackling enemies, and so on. If you will watch closely as God reveals the various aspects of his character, you will “give it up” to him. You will fear, reverence, and worship him because you will have experienced the greatness and power of the one true God.

– Tony Evans in The Power of God’s Names

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