8. Praise Your Name

Jason Dowty | August 11, 2018

Psalm 34-3
Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 117-1
Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.

Psalm 135-1
Hallelujah! Praise the name of the Lord. Give praise, O servants of the Lord.

Psalm 145
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.

Psalm 149-1
Hallelujah! Sing to the Lord a new song.

If the five verses above aren’t enough of a hint, we live to worship God and praise his name. And that’s what this song is all about.

It’s primarily a call to worship, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other important messages, not least the declaration ‘Jeshua King! The Rock on which I cling’, proclaiming the fact that Jesus (originally Jeshua or Joshua in Hebrew) is where I choose to lay the solid foundation of my life:

As he said in Matthew 7-24: ‘Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock’.

‘Calming even the wildest sea’ is a reference to Jesus calming the storm in Mark 4-35, which was itself foreshadowed centuries before in Psalm 107-28: ‘Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed’.

As well as being literal, Jesus’s calming of the sea also represents his ability to bring peace and rest to believers, even in the midst of the toughest of trials.

Indeed, ‘peace is found in You, a grace that’s pure and true’. Philippians 4-7 tells us: ‘And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus’.

Words and music copyright Jason Dowty 2016.