Hallowed be your name

prayer_1028c“By the ‘name’ of God we mean all those attributes under which He is revealed to us, — His power, wisdom, holiness, justice, mercy, and truth. By asking that they may be ‘hallowed,’ we mean that they may be made known and glorified. The glory of God is the first thing that God’s children should desire. It is the object of one of our Lord’s own prayers: ‘Father, glorify they name.’ (John xii, 28) It is the purpose for which the world was created. It is the end for which the saints are called and converted. It is the chief thing we should seek, that ‘God in all things may be glorified.’ ( I Peter iv. 11).” (J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, at Matthew 6:9).

Ryle might have added, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A 1).

“When you come to God, says our Lord, in effect, even though you may be in desperate conditions and circumstances, it may be with some great concern on your mind and in your heart; even then, He says, stop for a moment and just recollect and realize this, that your greatest desire of all should be that this wonderful God, who has become your Father in and through Me, should be honoured, should be worshipped, should be magnified amongst the people ‘Hallowed be thy name.'” (Martin Lloyd Jones, The Sermon on the Mount, Vol. 2, p. 61).

(For tonight’s study on the Lord’s Prayer at Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.)

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