DayBreaks for 6/26/17: The Power of Naming

DayBreaks for 6/26/17: The Power of Naming

From the DayBreaks archive, 2007

One of the privileges of being a pet owner is being able to assign a name to your pet.  I’ve come up with some good ones and some pretty bad ones.  As a parent, a lot of thought goes into the name you will pin on your children.  You want to pick a name you like, that will reflect well on the child and not be prone to mean nicknames that playmates might dream up.  Sometimes, people assign names or “labels” to others that aren’t very good.

For example, in India, the Dalits (you may know them better as the group referred to historically as the “untouchables”) are given only one name.  And it is not a pretty name – certainly not a name that is to be desired.  The name must be a derogatory, insulting name, such as Stupid, Ugly, Dung, Useless.  Can you imagine growing up wearing an “official” name like that – and knowing that it will be your name for your entire life?

Something great has been happening among the Dalits of India.  As they’ve come to hear the message of Jesus, they’ve discovered some amazing things that has turned their lives around:

FIRST: they have learned that Jesus, too, was born and lived his life as a Dalit.  He had no place to lay his head.  He lived in poverty, much of the time living off the charity and kindness of friends and followers.  He was called names by others that were ugly and insulting.  The incarnation was about God Almighty becoming a Dalit.  And suddenly, the Dalits knew that Someone very special knew and understood their plight. 

SECOND: the Dalits learned that Jesus could give them new names, names found in Scripture to describe the children of the Heavenly Father: Beloved, Chosen, Beautiful, Poetry, Precious, Holy, Righteous, Saint, Son, Daughter.  After having a filthy, derogatory name all of your life, the re-naming by Jesus makes them glow with great joy.

Perhaps you are in need of believing the wonderful news that Jesus understands even your misery, that he understands what it is like to carry a derogatory name and to be viewed by others as dirty, filthy and stupid.  But no matter – he gives you a new name, a glorious name.  Wear it with joy and thanksgiving today!

1 John 3:1-2 (NIV) – How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  Dear friends, now we are children of God..

PRAYER: Jesus, thank you that you know and understand us even in our darkness and confusion.  Thank you that you shared in our disgrace but that you didn’t leave us there, but raised us up to heavenly glory in yourself.  Let us live lives that bear testimony to who and what we are in you!!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 1/18/16 – They Still Know His Name

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Photo Galen C. Dalrymple, 2016, Sea of Galilee at sunset.

DayBreaks for 1/18/16: They Still Know His Name

“Grander earth has quaked before

Moved by the sound of His voice

Seas that are shaken and stirred

Can be calmed and broken for my regard…” – It Is Well, Bethel Music (link to YouTube for this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqo4Un2uZI)

It was less than two weeks ago that I found myself on a boat crossing the sea of Galilee. I’d seen it before, but never been on the water. A gentle breeze was blowing and I found myself in thought about what had happened on that body of water 2000 years ago, when a man fell asleep in the back of the boat in the middle of a storm. The waves and wind screamed out in their torment while he slept peacefully.

Those with him feared for their lives – the boat, they would tell him after waking him, was sinking and they would all drown. His reaction was to speak – to tell the wind and sea to be calm – and instantly the storm was over. Why? Because they recognized the voice and name of the One who had made them and to Whose will they were still subject. And at that realization, the fear of the disciples changed from the storm to Whomever this was that was in the boat with them.

You’ve heard the story so many times before. You’ve thought about the implications – about the storm on the sea as an analogy for the storms in our lives and how Jesus calms us. But being on the sea makes it come alive with new meaning.

I have had storms in my life. I, like those in the boat with Him, have been afraid. I have called out to Him in the storm. Sometimes it seemed as if He couldn’t hear me over the raging of the storm. Sometimes I doubted that He would answer even if He could hear me – for I was too sinful. Sometimes it seemed as if He wasn’t even there (if he ever had been there), and I trembled in frustration and fear and pain.

Yet in hindsight, I can see that even at those moments, He was there. He did hear. And as with the disciples in the boat, He did care. He took action out of regard for the disciples, and he took action for me, too, not just that day He was on the boat with them, but on ALL those days when I so desperately needed Him.

I find myself not as fearful these days after having the luxury of being able to look back over 63 years of life and seeing that He has never once really let me down or let me drown. And now there is a quieter spirit in my soul that believes, ever so slightly more, that He never will fail me or let me down.

Why do I have that comfort? Not because my faith is so much stronger or that I deserve it more or because there are not storms in my life, but because of two things: 1) I have seen His faithfulness, but even more because 2) the wind and the waves still know His name, and they must yield to Him.

Mark 4:37-41 (NLT) But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

TODAY’S PRAYER:  Jesus, how comforting it is to know that the same winds and seas that knew your voice and authority 2000 years ago still know who you are – and they still obey you instantly. In the shrieking storms that assail our lives, let us take comfort in knowing that everything in heaven and on earth and in all creation MUST yield to your voice when you speak – and that you act and speak on our behalf throughout our entire lifetime. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 9/11/15 – A Secret Name

DayBreaks for 9/11/15: A Secret Name

From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:

Rev. 2:17 (NLT) – Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Everyone who is victorious will eat of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.

It seems too good to be true, but God wishes to have a relationship with each one of us. All our lives, we meet people and we’re drawn to some right away, hoping to become friends, to have a good relationship. Sometimes they may feel the same way, but sometimes they may not be interested in having a friendship with us. And it’s disappointing when that happens. As a result, we can withdraw from future encounters for fear of being marginalized again.

In Revelation 2 we see a wonderful picture. The victorious will dine on the manna that is hidden in heaven. You know what the manna was in the OT – the food that came down from heaven for the Israelites. Now, it says, that the manna is hidden away in heaven. That manna is the Living Bread, the bread that was broken and which gives us life. As wonderful as that is, we will be given a new name by Christ, a name that no one, except God and us, will know. 

What’s the point of having a name that no one knows? No one could call you by it! But I think at least part of what God is trying to tell us is that he wants to have a relationship with us that is unique – different from His relationship with anyone else. C. S. Lewis wrote about this when he suggested: “What shall we take this secrecy to mean? Surely, that each of the redeemed shall forever know and praise some on aspect of the Divine beauty better than any other creature can. Why else were individuals created, but that God, loving all infinitely, should love each differently…If all experienced God in the same way and returned Him an identical worship, the song of the Church triumphant would have no symphony, it would be like an orchestra in which all the instruments played the same note.”

Have you ever wished to be the best in the world at something? How about being the best in heaven, for all eternity, at praising and reflecting some aspect of God’s Divine nature and glory? I don’t know if C.S. Lewis is right about that idea or not, but certainly God has an individual relationship with each of us that is unique and there’s no reason to think that it will stop being unique when we get to heaven.

PRAYER: Lord, I am eager to know my new name and to have a relationship with you that is unbounded by time and untinged by my sin! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 2/18/15 – God Has Called Your Name

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Isaiah 43:1 (NIV) – But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

Harry Emerson Fosdick was one of the greatest American preachers of this century. He described his preaching as counseling on a large scale. Few people knew that as a young seminary student he reached the breaking point after working one summer in a New York Bowery mission. He went home and was overcome by deep depression. One day he stood in the bathroom with a straight razor to his throat. He thought about taking his own life. And then — and then he heard his father in the other room calling his name, “Harry! Harry!” It called him back. He never forgot it. It was like the voice of God calling him.

So I want to remind you today that in those times when you are in the wilderness, trying to find your way through, and when temptation comes and offers you the wrong answer, the wrong choice — the wrong use of power, the way to popularity, the wrong kind of partnership — then you remember that God has called your name: This is my beloved son, my beloved daughter, in whom I am well pleased.

And, you remember that because God has called your name He will see you through.

PRAYER: I am so relieved, Lord, that You know who I am and have called my name!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 4/02/14 – The Father’s Name

DayBreaks for 4/02/14 – The Father’s Name

Deuteronomy 5:11 (NLT)  – You must not misuse the name of the LORD your God. The LORD will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.

I can’t recall my father ever saying anything to me about needing to behave so as not to bring disgrace or shame to my family name.  Nonetheless, I grew up with a strong sense of belonging and have always been proud to be a part of the family into which I was born.  There were some famous Dalrymple’s (and some infamous ones as well!), but I always was proud to wear the name and no one had to tell me not to bring shame to my father or the name we bore. 

Just this past Sunday as we were entering the church building for the second worship service, I heard a woman coming out of the service and overheard her say, “Oh, my God!”  And she wasn’t worshiping….she was talking about something having nothing to do with God at all. It struck me how even among Christians we have lost a sense for the reverence of the Father’s name.

“In tribe-controlled areas of India, children who disrespect their families by marrying outside their castes are still, occasionally, put to death despite strong national laws. However, enlightenment is advancing, and Mr. Sidhnath Sharma recently filed a lawsuit, instead, against his caste-straying son for “destroying the family tradition” and “lowering his father’s prestige.” Sharma, a lawyer in Patna, India, is demanding that the son pay a monthly royalty of the equivalent of $163 for the son’s now-unauthorized use of the father’s name.” [The Hindu, 1-25-2014 and News of the Weird, 4/1/14]

When I read this, I thought: what if God dealt with us the same way this Indian father is dealing with his son? When we cheapen the Holy Name of God we diminish His apparent greatness before the world, do we not?  When we throw His Name around as if it was just part of an exclamation (not really having anything at all to do with Him or His worship), it becomes almost a swear word!

Can I ask you to do so something?  If you are a follower of God, save His Name.  He doesn’t need us to save Him, but save His Name for reverence and prayer and thoughtful discussion of Who He is and what He has done.  Let’s not cheapen His name for His name deserves nothing but our highest praise and respect!  If you catch yourself saying things like, “Oh, my God!….”, stop.  Break the habit.  Honor the Lord your God!  It isn’t “cute”.  It would have been considered blasphemy in earlier times.  And God doesn’t change!  If people have lost respect for the Name of God, it isn’t because He deserves it any less, but simply because we, His people, haven’t been respecting it!

PRAYER: Holy is Your name, and greatly to be praised! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 07/02/12 – Known Only to God

DayBreaks for 07/02/12 – Known Only to God

(NOTE: Galen is back from his trip to India, is recovering from the removal of his gall bladder, so one more week of archived DayBreaks!  New DayBreaks starting again next week!)

Ezekiel 37:1-3 – “1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.

They have lain in place now for hundreds of years.  But that’s nothing.  Others have been waiting for thousands of years.  Waiting.  Listening.  Waiting for Someone to call their name.  But I can’t do that, nor can you for we don’t know their names.  Who are these people?  As Ezekiel put it: “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.

I stood first at the Poulnabourne dolmen, a stone age burial site.  Dating back 5600 years, it predated the pyramids by 500 years, and Stonehenge by 1000.  It was a construction of rock slabs, roughly forming a house shape – four sides (two longer than the others) and a slab across the top as a roof.  It is to be found high up on the hillsides of “the Burren” in Ireland, standing a silent vigil over the earthly remains of those who lived, and died, in that rugged, windswept and mostly barren place. No one knows who built it, nor who was buried in it.  Just stone, ashes and bits of bone remain.  The names of those people who lived and died there has been swept away with the ceaseless winds that scour the hillside.

I next stood in the cemetery surrounding Reefert’s church in Glendalough, Ireland.  The church walls are still mostly intact, but the roof is long gone.  It has been dated back to at least the 11th century – possibly as far back as the 9th century.  I do not know when the last person was interred in the cemetery surrounding the church.  There were perhaps 30-40 markers in the cemetery, yet I don’t recall being able to read anything off of them.  In some cases, one of the stone arms of the cross-shaped burial markers had broken off and was long gone.  But in every instance, there was no name.  Who were the men and women buried there?  “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.

I have always been the curious sort when I am in a graveyard.  I want to know about the people – how they loved, lived and died.  I want to know about their interests, their hobbies, what they looked like, what they did for a living, how old they were when they died, how they died, but perhaps most haunting of all – I want to know how they lived.

Some day, we will all pass from this life’s labors.  For the saints of God, we will pass into eternal rest that God has promised to us.  For the unbelievers – well, the labors of this life will seem pleasant for them compared to what awaits.

As I wandered the old cemeteries and churches in Glendalough and the dolmen at Poulnabourne, I wondered if some day people would pass by my gravestone and wonder about me.  I wondered if they would know – or even care – who was buried there.  And the thought disturbed me that they might not know me.  I thought, however, of Ezekiel and his encounter with God and my heart found rest knowing that whether those cemetery wanderers in some future age know who I was or not is really and truly irrelevant.  The only thing that matters is that God knows me.  And He will not forget my name.

Isaiah 49:15-16 – “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?  Though she may forget, I will not forget you!   16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: What comfort we take in the simple truth that You know us and call us by name, Lord!!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/16/11 – He Has Called Your Name

DayBreaks for 03/16/11 – He Has Called Your Name

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. – Isaiah 43:1

He knows YOUR name!

Harry Emerson Fosdick was one of the greatest American preachers. He described his own preaching as counseling on a large scale. Few people knew that as a young seminary student Fosdick reached the breaking point after working one summer in a New York Bowery mission. After his summer mission was through, he went home and was overcome by deep depression. One day he found himself standing in the bathroom with a straight razor to his throat. He thought about taking his own life. And then – at that very moment – he heard his father in the other room calling his name, “Harry! Harry!” His father’s voice called him back to his senses – and to life. He never forgot it. It was like the voice of God calling him.

Remember that during those dark times in your life when you are in the wilderness, trying to find your way through, when temptation comes and offers you the wrong choice — the wrong use of power, the wrong way to popularity, the wrong kind of partnership — then you need to remember that God has called your name: “This is my beloved son, my beloved daughter, in whom I am well pleased.” And, you remember that because God has called your name He will see you through.

PRAYER: Thank You for knowing our name, and for calling us Your beloved!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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