This past weekend, I attended my beloved Aunt Doris' Home Going Celebration. Although at times it was sad, I rejoiced at how loved and admired my aunt was. So many people came to share wonderful memories of her and the legacy that she left for all of us to follow. She was truly a role model and I will miss her dearly. There was a resounding theme, however that almost every person proclaimed as they spoke of my aunt. They talked about her name. My aunt was a Harris before marriage and became a Harris after marriage. Whenever she introduced herself she boldly announced that her name was Doris Harris-Harris. It became a staple of hers and anyone who knew her was reminded of her name often. My aunt was a proud woman who loved the Lord. Aunt Dot as I called her, understood that because she was a child of God, she was important. She exuded confidence and it was an attribute to be admired.
This morning I was impressed to read Psalm 8 during my devotional time. The Psalm begins by declaring that the name of the Lord is excellent. He is excellent above all others. We hear that word used all the time but I truly think that it is used too frequently and without true regard to the person or situation. According to definition.com excellent is defined as: possessing outstanding quality or superior merit; remarkably good. I began to ponder on that word excellent and the more I did I saw the power of the name Jesus. The Bible tells us that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. He is above every situation and circumstance that we will ever face. If His name is above every name, why do we oftentimes fail to call on Him in our darkest hours?
I have oftentimes found myself in situations that seemed so dark and full of despair that I was paralyzed by fear. I wondered if there would be any resolution to my situation. I feared that things would never get better. I know God and have seen His power but yet and still I was plagued by feelings of fear, despair and hopelessness. What a quandary! It was as if I had forgotten the power of the name of Jesus because my situation became overwhelming. How do we continue to trust in the power of His name when trouble comes? I am learning that this Christian walk is all about consistency. Many of us that have grown up in the church know the word. We had to memorize Bible verses from an early age. Sometimes we can have a head knowledge of who God is but forget to truly cultivate our relationship with Him. We have to constantly remind ourselves of who God is and how excellent His name is. We can't treat God as just a being that we worship on Sunday, but we must embrace Him as the loving father and friend that He is each and every single day. I have found that there are days when I have to remind myself of the excellency of God every hour because the enemy is attacking my mind so vehemently. God is not just good, He is excellent. He possesses outstanding quality. There is no blemish or shortcoming in Him. His word is true from everlasting to everlasting.
It is not enough to just know the name of Jesus, but we must say the name. We must proclaim the name of Jesus. I have found that just saying the name of Jesus makes me feel better. It is as if when I speak His name, He comforts me. When I say the name, my fear begins to cease. At the name of Jesus, I regain my confidence. There is power in the name. My situation may not change overnight but I serve a God who loves me enough to come see about me even when I don't acknowledge His sovereignty like I should. I serve a God who specializes in the suddenly and the impossible.
I used to wonder why my Aunt emphasized her name so much. If you ever heard her say her name it was as if in that moment nothing else mattered. Now I know the reason why. When she spoke her name she was not standing in her own accomplishments or accolades. No she was standing on the rock of Jesus. She knew that without Him she was nothing but with Him she could do all things. She lived a life of service to God until the day she died. She knew how to call on the name of Jesus and I am encouraged to keep pressing towards the mark as she did. During her memorial service the words of Paul summed Aunt Doris' life, "I have a fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.." (II Timothy 4:7)
Be encouraged today to know that you are special in the sight of God. No we are not perfect but we serve a perfect God. Despite our shortcomings, pitfalls and moments of weakness God is always there with His loving arms of protection. He keeps us when we need to be kept. He comforts us when we are too weak to stand. He is our bread when we are hungry and water when we are thirsty. Know that you are important in the eyes of God. Your name has value because you serve an excellent God. You are not a mistake. You are not worthless. You are a child of the Most High King. When you feel like you can't go on remind yourself of the name that is above every name. Call on the name of Jesus and something will happen. There is power in the Name!
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Psalm 8:9
Until next time...Be Real. Be Authentic. Be YOU!