Higher or Lower? His Name

“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.”  Psalms 148:13.

What is exalted above the name of God? Psalms 148:13 tells us that nothing is exalted above the name of God. We sing, “His name is exalted far above the earth. His name is higher than the heavens.”

There are many verses that speak of the highness of God’s name. Isaiah 42:8 states that God will not allow anyone to distract from His glory or His name. “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.”

In the King James Version, Psalms 138:2 may be confusing. “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

Is God’s Word higher than His name and thus His name lower than His Word? I don’t think so.

Many commentaries have dodged this issue when this verse, as presented, does not agree with any other passage. I prefer the ESV rendering which holds true to the Hebrew wording. “I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.”

Such rendering shows us that nothing is higher than the Name of God or the Word of God. One’s name represents one’s worth and reputation. God’s Word is the declaration of His worth and reputation. His name is the representation of His worth and reputation. Neither is higher nor lower, for they are the same.

This is the same glory, worth and reputation that belongs to the Son, Jesus Christ.

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Philippians 2:9-11.

Jesus is God. He is the Son in the Trinity that is unimpeachable in name and word. So high and holy is the Trinity that the highest existences in the universe and eternity are the Word and Name of our God.

No more beautifully is this seen than when the Father sent out the announcement for His coming Son, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 .



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