Your name is holy and worthy to be praised above all others.
Let them praise your great and awesome name. Your name is holy!
― Psalm 99:3 (NLT)
“Your name is holy…
For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
― Isaiah 57:15 (NIV)
God is a God of “most” – most high, most holy, most loving, and most of a lot of other things, too – and it would be very easy to think that all of these “mosts” must put God on a very high pedestal; high up on the heavens where God watches us from a very far distance. This is how my Muslim friends view God and it’s how Bette Midler sings about God. It’s also how many Christians live their lives—as if God if far, far away and not paying very close attention to how they live their lives.
Isaiah reminds us, though, that while God does dwell in a high and holy place (God is God after all), God also is very close to the contrite (crushed, repentant, remorseful) and the lowly in spirit (humble, poor, common, ordinary). In other words, God knows us, this world we live in, and the messiness of our lives. And God desires to be near us to…
- revive what is dead,
- restore what has been harmed,
- repair what broken,
- recover what has been lost,
- restart what is stalled,
- renew what has been ruined, and
- rescue what is lost.
As such, the name of God is…
“worthy to be praised above all others.”
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
― Psalm 99:3 (NIV)
The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.
― John 3:33 (NIV)