God’s name is a place of protection ...
God’s name is a place of protection— good people can run there and be safe. The rich think their wealth protects them; they imagine themselves safe behind it. Pride first, then the crash, but humility is precursor to honor. The poor speak in soft supplications; the rich bark out answers.-Proverbs 18:10-12,23 MSG
Laying in bed this morning I was thinking about a phrase from the first sentence of the Lord's prayer - "hallowed be thy name". When I ponder what it means to hallow the name of the Lord I think of honoring it. When we honor God's name we live in a place of safety. When we are tempted to behave badly we will be protected by a deep desire to honor the Lord. There is protection and safety in this kind of humility that puts the honor of God before our own honor.
Yet those who trust in wealth have different priorities. Many times these are those who hallow places of honor in society and try to find peace in material things. Many times these are those who seem to be rich but in truth they are poor. Money can never satisfy. Wealth cannot protect you. The supplications or prayers of those who are poor in spirit, those who are humble, will be heard. And in the end pride will crash and humility will lead to honor.
Once again we bow Lord. Once again we hallow and honor your name. Let your humble kingdom come in us.