How do you feel when people around you use the name of Jesus "in vain"? We hear it on television and in movies often used in cursing but how about hearing it used for no reason? I think HIS name is so sweet and powerful that I am almost afraid to say it unless I am personally addressing Him or speaking His glorious attributes. When I hear someone just randomly say "Jesus" I want to say OK you called Him not tell Him what you want!!! Call me old fashioned but I think HIS Name is always worthy of honor and glory. What do you think?
Frederick Whitfield 1829-1904 was educated in Dublin and ordained by the Church of England where he was a church leader and a prolific writer. He wrote over 30 volumes of poems in his lifetime. Many became hymns. The original poem this hymn was taken from contained nine verses. In the 19th century a refrain was added and it became popular in revivals. The author of the refrain is unknown. It was common to take a hymn known as a “ mother hymn” and add a “ traveling refrain”.
The original poem was titled The Name of Jesus. It describes a name we “love to hear”, a love we are thankful for and a friend that “ feels our deepest woes”. It is because of this we can sing “O how I love Jesus”!
Philippians 2:5-11 New Living Translation (NLT)
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,[a]
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b];
he took the humble position of a slave[c]
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,[d]
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.