Many often use God’s name as an outburst of frustration: “God almighty!” “Jesus Christ!” Jesus’ name is not even respected, let alone hallowed. To pray, “Hallowed be thy name,” is to pray that God’s name be set above every other name—by every tribe, nation, and tongue—for extraordinary praise, devotion, and delight.
“…hallowed be thy name.” — Matthew 6:9
People flock to the stadium to cheer the sportsperson’s athletic prowess and success, or to the concert hall to praise the artist’s hard-won talent and interpretative skill. Great art and architecture, leadership, or scientific or architectural genius calls out great praise.
We should also praise those who do their ordinary daily tasks with diligence and selfless service, in the workplace or with family in the home.
You Were Born to Praise
It is right that we praise that which is good and great. Shame on us when we withhold appropriate praise.
On the flipside, it’s a pity when those who possess great skill and talent hide their light under a bushel. The world is poorer for their reticence.