I was playing the piano before church yesterday, and one of the songs I picked was “Jesus Is the Sweetest Name I Know”. As I played it I was thinking about how the world holds the name of Jesus so lightly these days.
It is no longer enough to invoke the name of “God” as a swear word, all too frequently the name of “Jesus” is used.
My daughter and I have often been so disappointed to start a book, the plot is well-done – sucking us deeper and deeper into the story – when all of a sudden one of the characters uses the Lord’s name to swear. It leaves us sad on two counts: 1) That the author thought this was a good idea – using the name of Someone we love dearly as a curse and 2) We now know we have to put the book away. There is just no enjoyment in reading a book, no matter how well written, when you’re constantly worried about the swearing.
There have been names that I have loved to hear,
But never has there been a name so dear
To this heart of mine, as the Name divine,
The precious, precious Name of Jesus.
Jesus is the sweetest name I know,
And He’s just the same as His lovely Name,
And that’s the reason why I love Him so;
Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know.
There is no name in earth or Heav’n above,
That we should give such honor and such love
As the blessèd Name, let us all acclaim,
That wondrous, glorious Name of Jesus.
And some day I shall see Him face to face
To thank and praise Him for His wondrous grace,
Which He gave to me, when He made me free,
The blessèd Son of God called Jesus.
~Lela B. Long