He Knows UR Name

2 Feb

“Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.” –  Bill Cosby

Hello - Name TagDid your mom yell your name out into the neighborhood when you were a kid? I think Cosby has a point. My one-syllable name (Dawn) was great for a short, angry spurt inside the house, but a little tougher to call outside. So, when mom called my name, she always added my middle name – “Dawn Marieeeeeeeeee…..” That “eeee” sounded like a screech owl.

But lingering on the vowel anywhere in the name works for most names. Try it … “Miiiiiichael …. Caaaaaaleb…. Eriiiiiiiin.”

Now it might be nearly impossible to yell these names (the longest known first names) – Hatmaguptafratarinagarosterlous or Anglithorpianositachinquate. *

How special it is to have someone call your name in love. God called Israel by name in this encouraging passage:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:1-3)

Hillsong United has a version of this verse in song. Listen here. But there is another song that comes to mind when I think about the word “Name.”

It’s called “He Knows My Name.” (Listen to the lyrics; Tommy Walker)

“I have a Maker. He formed my heart. Before even time began, My life was in his hands.

(Chorus)  “He knows my name. He knows my every thought. He sees each tear that falls And He hears me when I call.”

“I have a Father. He calls me His own. He’ll never leave me No matter where I go.

(Chorus)

We need to know God for salvation. But beyond that, how wonderful to understand that God knows us. He knows our name and everything about us. He made us, loves us, and cares about us.

Just think … He knows all about you and still pursues your heart.

In every relationship, we make intentional choices about the level of  depth and fellowship we will pursue. God chose to pursue us. He called us by name and extended grace to us.

And now He wants an intimate relationship with us. He wants us to seek Him. He wants us to know Him more (Ephesians 1:17-19).  He wants us to know and call on His name (Psalm 105:1; 116:12), for His name is a strong tower for us (Proverbs 18:10). How can we help but praise Him?

“Let the name of the LORD be praised,
both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 113:2)

Rejoice, Christian. God knows your name! Seek Him today, thank Him for His love, and praise His name.

Note:  Study of the names of God to understand who He is; and remember the name of His Son! Jesus’ name is a name above all other names, the source of hope for all nations (Matthew 12:17-18a, 21).

* http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_longest_first_name_in_the_world

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2 Responses to “He Knows UR Name”

  1. Lisa Keck February 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Our women are doing the Bible study Jesus The One and Only by Beth Moore and we were discussing whether Jesus ever got in trouble as a boy–the kind where first middle and last name are yelled through the neighborhood and the other boys playing ball in the vacant lot sneer, “oooo you’re in trouble.” But now I wonder what it was like to call the Lord of the universe in for dinner. Besides I doubt He ever got in trouble even when He stayed behind at the temple the rents were more relieved than angry.

  2. Dawn Wilson February 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    I’ve had the same thoughts, Lisa. I think that if Mary or Joseph ever ranted because of Jesus, it might have been for their own frustration over something Jesus might do out of childlikeness, but never sinfulness.

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