May 7, 2014: Sing to His Name Forever

~by Louis Templeman

O God, when you accept my vows and hear the pleas of those who revere your name in prayer . . . then will I sing your name forever, fulfill my vows day after day.
~Psalms 61: 6, 9~

I stand amazed at the claim of Scriptures such as this one. I suppose because I am a person subject to moods, and too often melancholy, that I do not have the confidence to make a claim that I will joyfully, reverently and faithful have a song in my heart to the name of the LORD. If not today then tomorrow, or tomorrow or tomorrow I will be angry, sad and have doubts about my faith or even question God’s grace on my life.

However, I rely on the truth that the emphasis is not on my ability or steadiness but upon the power of God’s name.

The Apostle Paul exhorted us (Ephesians 5: 18 – 20) to “. . . be filled with the spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” Paul echoes the psalmist’s ideas and then introduces the need to be filled with the Spirit.”

By the power of his name we receive his Spirit. By the power of the Spirit we find strength. Look at what happened in an incident from St. Paul’s ministry. Acts 16: 24, 25 says Paul and Silas were thrown “into the inner prison . . . their feet fast in stocks. And, at midnight, Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God; and the prisoners hear them.”

In spite of suffering pain and injustice St. Paul sang with great confidence. And, the Holy Spirit answered in a mighty way. The Holy Spirit is the power behind the great name of the Lord.

In an incident in St. Peter’s ministry (Acts 5: 40) we find him and St. John before the Sanhedrin, “After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged, ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them. So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. And . . . they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Messiah, Jesus.”

Let us sing his name forever and fulfill our vow day after day.

~Louis Templeman

Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D.

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