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Luke 1:46-55, 68-75 Hallow God’s Name

posted Jun 23, 2020, 2:53 PM by Jacob Boer

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” 

68“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. 69He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, 70as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. 72Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, 73the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us 74that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, 75in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.”

Jesus focuses on our relationship with God as our father in his prayer and this really comes through in the phrase, “hallowed be your name,” because we are his children and so carry the family name in us. My father took me aside one day before I left home and he told me, “Son, I don’t have anything to give you except a good name. I have worked hard all my life to give you a good name and the only thing I ask of you is to keep the name good.” This is kind of the spirit behand this call to “hallow God’s name.” When we live in such a way that we honour, glorify and praise God in our lives, it shows that we know God and that his Spirit lives in us. So, may you “hallow” God’s name today.

Q. What does the first petition mean?

A. “Hallowed be your name” means: Help us to truly know you, to honor, glorify, and praise you for all your works and for all that shines forth from them: your almighty power, wisdom, kindness, justice, mercy, and truth.

And it means, Help us to direct all our living—what we think, say, and do—so that your name will never be blasphemed because of us but always honored and praised.