Elizabeth: consecrated (set apart, sanctified, dedicated) to God.
Beth: House of God
Even though I was given this name from birth, it was many years before I began to live up its meaning. Amazingly, though, God saw treasure in little ol’ me; and, from my mother’s womb He, alone, put my name in her heart- a name that would one day mean something to the one it had been given to.
But to be honest, it’s been years since I’ve given it much thought. So I was kind of surprised when the words “consecrated to God” ran through my mind this morning. Yet, like all good parents, God has a way of reminding His children of things they need to be reminded of. And He obviously thought I needed a refresher. So for a moment, I lingered in the memory and knowledge that the Most High God had set me apart long before I ever knew it:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…
What about you? Are you living up to your name? Maybe your name doesn’t have such a great meaning, or maybe you’ve been called some ugly names, but not the one that God has for you! Do you remember Jabez? He was given a name that meant “pain,” and I’m sure he was reminded of his painful beginning more than once. Yet, somehow his little story ended up in the pages of God’s greatest story! And his ending was much more glorious than his beginning:
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.” Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested (1 Chronicles 4:9, 10).
So, please listen to the Father’s heart for you this morning because He wants you to know that if you belong to His Son, then you bear His name. And you have Messiah’s royal blood pumping through your veins. Do you know what His Son calls you? He says that you’re an overcomer!
Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 5:5)?
So it doesn’t really matter if your earthly name has a special meaning or not. What matters is that you live up to the heavenly name the King of Kings has given you.
As you read Psalm 8, I pray you discover that you have been in the King’s thoughts longer than you could ever realize. And hopefully, today, you will gain new perspective on God’s majesty and splendor. The greatest thing that you could take away from this Psalm is this: Jehovah Adonai cares for you!
My God Notes- Psalm 8
- God is Jehovah Adonai (once again God is both proper & personal)
- God’s name is majestic (great- like the waves of the sea, excellent, mighty) throughout the earth
- God has displayed His splendor (majesty, glory) in the Heavens
- God has established (laid the foundation for) strength & boldness from the mouths of those who are known to be weak!
- God created the heavens, the moon, and the stars
- God thinks about us, even though we are lowly
- God cares (visit, watch over, oversee) for us, even though we are lowly
- God crowned His creation (us) with glory (abundance, riches, honor) and majesty (splendor, glory, honor)
- God created us to rule over the things He created
- God has put ALL things under our feet
My Prayer- Psalm 8
You are great & greatly to be praised. Jehovah Adonai, Your name is majestic, glorious, splendid, excellent, and mighty. Father, even though You created all that I see, You still think about me. But You don’t stop there. You even watch over me and visit me with Your presence!
Lord, thank you for crowning me, Your lowly creation, with glory and majesty. Even though I may not realize it, You have put ALL things under my feet. O Lord my Lord, how majestic is Your name in all of the earth.