Misusing God’s Name

“Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name” (Exodus 20:7).

Not only are we supposed to respect God but His name too.  When Jesus taught the disciples to pray, the prayer began with the words, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9).

Too often we hear God’s name being misused.  It precedes the words “damn” or “damn it or damned.”  It is used in the same sentence as swear words.  People constantly take His name in vain.  Misusing God’s name shows lack of respect.  People call His name not because they need Him or are seeking His help.  They call His name out of frustration, shock and in conversation.   Countless times, I have heard people exclaim, “Oh my God, I love your hair.”  Or “Oh my God, this chicken tastes so good.”

Jesus taught His disciples and us that we are to hallow God’s name.  We are to make it holy.  We are to bless His name.  In his psalms, David encouraged us to do the same.  “Sing to the Lord, praise his name; ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name” (Psalm 96:2, 8); “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!” (Psalm 103:1);  “My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever” (Psalm 145:21).

We should praise, bless and glorify God’s name.  The only time we use His name is when we are offering up praises, thanksgiving, petitions or when we are telling others about Him.  We should always refrain from calling the Lord’s name in vain.


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