I am going to throw a straight punch to the gut- many of the songs we sing, are sung absent mindedly and unconsciously. In other words, they are more like an outflow triggered out of a jig of our memory: we know the words and the melody, so we sing along. However, every now and then, while we ponder on the words of particular songs, we find ourselves wandering into the pages of the Words of God.
When the inspiration from scripture sheds light on the origins of those words, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, then we dive deeper. The song that jumped out as the words of today’s text reached my memory was ‘there is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain’. To the song, anyone could ask ‘Is there really power? On what basis?
We can retrace Jesus’ journey to the cross: the walk of shame, the cost of his total obedience and abandonment to the will of God and the sacrifice on the cross. A hefty price paid for the Salvation of Man. Consequently, as Saint Paul ranks names in the Annals of time, He wrote
Jesus is sat in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come.(Ephesians 1:21)
Yet, the name of Jesus, which He gave us, is that one gift which we use sparingly or haphazardly, misuse and even abuse. Whether it is out of a lack of understanding or an absence of a realisation of the capacity the name holds, one thing is certain ‘it is THE NAME above all names– in this age and in the age to come’