“His Name Shall Be” Christmas Devotional

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December 22

His Name Shall Be by Matt Redman

Oh, can you hear the angels’ song

That rang so sweet and clear

When heaven’s light and music fell

And mercy found us here

Glory in the highest

And on the earth be peace

Glory to God, the angels sing

He came to tell the father’s love

His goodness and his grace

To show the brightness of his smile

The glory of his face

So, glory in the highest

And on the earth be peace

Glory to God, your children sing

His name shall be called wonderful, counselor

Mighty God, everlasting father

Prince of peace for all eternity, oh oh

His name shall be

He came to lift the weary ones

Give peace and perfect rest

To take away our burdens

And to give a glorious gift

So, glory in the highest

And on the earth be peace

Glory to God, the world will sing

His name shall be called wonderful, counselor

Mighty God, everlasting father

Prince of peace for all eternity, oh oh

His name shall be wonderful, counselor

Mighty God, everlasting father

Prince of peace for all eternity, oh oh

His name shall be

One name above all others

One name that came to save us

Oh sing, his name is, his name is Jesus

One name above all others

One name that came to save us

Oh sing, his name is, his name is Jesus

His name shall be called wonderful, counselor

Mighty God, everlasting father

Prince of peace for all eternity, oh oh

His name shall be, oh oh

His name shall be

His name shall be

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Today’s Devotion:

I am a big believer in name meanings. My dog’s names are Zoey and Bean, both of which mean “life.” My son’s name is Rhett, which means “passionate.” My daughter’s name, Lucy, means “light.” My name, Alexis, means “defender of humanity” and my husband’s name, Aaron, means “exalted,” but I love to remind him that he’s named after the guy who almost got the Israelites wiped out by allowing the construction of the golden calf 🙂

And all of these name meanings are true of the people – and pets – in my family. My dogs are full of life and have brought so much joy to my life over the past 11 years that I’ve had them. Rhett is crazy and amazingly passionate, even though he is only 2. Lucy radiates God’s light to everyone who interacts with her. I am a fighter for truth and desperately want people to be free of enslavement to broken ways of this world. And Aaron is always making golden idols! No seriously, he is a very exalted person; people are always drawn to him and he speaks with authority and leads with dignity.

Our names mean something. And so do the many names and titles used for Jesus.

In seminary, Aaron and I had to memorize all of Jesus’ titles depicted in Scripture, not just for a good grade, but because they are very important and help us understand just who Jesus is. And Jesus took on many complex and wide ranging titles and roles, which illustrates just how important and all-encompassing Christ is.

A prayer practice for you today is to take one or two of these titles for Jesus and focus on it throughout the whole day. Learn about Jesus through this title today. Ask God to reveal the depth and meaning to you from the title you choose to pray about. Remind yourself of this word by setting an alarm on your phone that goes off every hour or write the name on your hand. See what happens when you think about Jesus through this particular lens today; he might just surprise you through this exercise!

Below are some of the titles for Jesus that you can use for this spiritual exercise.

  • Son of Man
  • Son of God
  • Lord
  • Messiah
  • King
  • King of the Jews
  • Servant of the Lord
  • Teacher
  • Prophet
  • Friend
  • Savior
  • Lamb of God
  • Son of David
  • Word
  • I Am
  • Rabbi
  • Emmanuel
  • Suffering Servant
  • Light
  • Christ

Prayer

Jesus, 

May I take on this prayer practice of carrying one of your titles with me today. Show me more about yourself through this name. Help me to grow closer to you through this practice. I want to know you more, because you are the only thing worth pursuing in this world. You bring truth and life to me in a purest form. Thank you for everything you have done for me and will do for me and thank you for the complex, complete nature that you are! Amen.

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Alexis Waid

Alexis Waid

Alexis is a wife, mother, theologian, speaker and spiritual director.
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