Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


April 2, 2009

When Dorothy comes to Oz, and word is made of the Wizard, the music turns reverent, and all the citizens speak with awe, and an almost divine presence causes the people to bow down, just at the mention of a name!

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies.
- Psalm 8:1,2 TNIV

Just the mention of a name. When I hear the name, Abraham Lincoln, or Winston Churchill, a bit of respect fills my soul, I'm just a bit more cautious because to say the name is almost as if the person is present. The psalmist praises, "How majestic is your name!" But the psalmist speaks not of a fictional wizard, or even a person of historical weight, but of the creator of all the universe. It prompts amongst the wise and reverent, and especially, the faithful, a change in our step, and a worship in our soul.

Just the mention of the name begins this process, this event of worship. Yet it's not the name that is so much the issue, but the person that name represents. We learn the name of the Wizard is a fraud. Lincoln, Churchill, great people, but still, just earthy people. "O Lord"--now that's another matter entirely. "How majestic is your name!" Greater still is our Lord's person.

Dale Patterson