Newman Hall, 1889
"Hallowed Be Your Name."
I. The PLACE of this petition—
You are, of all Your gifts, Yourself the Crown.
Give what You can—without You we are poor,
And with You rich—take what You will away."
Love nowhere to be found, less than Divine!
Hail, Son of God! Savior of men!
Your Name shall be the copious matter of my song henceforth;
and never shall my harp Your praise
Forget, nor from Your Father's praise disjoin."—Milton
And keeps my happy soul above;
Comfort it brings, and power and peace,
And joy and everlasting love.
To me, with Your dear Name are given
Pardon and holiness and heaven." —C. Wesley
3. Suitable EMOTIONS towards God. We pray that the truths implied in the Name may be actually experienced; that as FatherHe may be trusted and loved; that as Heavenly He may be worshiped and obeyed; that as Holy He may be admired and imitated; that instead of wishing His purity debased "to suit our sinfulness, we may be lifted up into the region of that purity; that all men may acknowledge His kingdom and obey His will; that we who offer the petition may be more profoundly impressed with the majesty, holiness and love of God; that we may bow with reverence before His Infinite Glory, and cultivate a more reverential trust, a more unquestioning obedience.
But more of reverence in us dwell;
That mind and soul, according well,
May make one music as before,
But vaster. We are fools and slight;
We mock You when we do not fear;
But help Your foolish ones to bear,
Help Your vain worlds to bear Your light."—Tennyson
4. REVERENTIAL use of the Name. This petition has sometimes been limited to a narrow literalism. It condemns much more than profane language. Whenever we introduce the Divine Name in our speech uselessly and triflingly; when we employ it to turn a sentence or give emphasis to a statement or point to an anecdote; when we make the Divine Word the subject-matter of joke, punning on solemn truths of Revelation, and quoting Scripture with ludicrous adaptations to provoke mirth; thus—and even when we take this great Name on our lips in worship without any endeavor to feel the homage it demands—we violate the spirit of the prayer.
5. CONFESSION of the Name. Do not the people of God sometimes use it too little? When we express our joy in health, the comforts of life, the beauties of Nature, might we not hallow the Name by a grateful recognition? If we would not remain silent in case an earthly parent were spoken of with contempt, should we by silence seem to consent when the Name of our Heavenly Father is dishonored? In public profession of discipleship we should hallow the Name. God has a chosen family who are called by the Name of His Son. They have "come out from the world," and are "a chosen generation, a peculiar (purchased) people." They are named after their Father—"In whom the whole family in earth and heaven is named." Everyone who really and openly joins this family helps to hallow the Name before the world.
Has risen with healing in His wings;
Withered my nature's strength; from Thee
My soul its life and support brings;
My help is all laid up above;
Your nature and Your Name is Love."—Wesley