There is a Name

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As a little girl growing up in New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Eunice, LA, I loved singing in the children's choir – the Sunshine Band. Songs like "Jesus Loves Me"; "He's Got the Whole World" and "This Little Light of Mine" were some of my favorites. We had fun in the choir and at 7 and 8 years old, with our whole lives ahead of us, singing was just that – a fun activity.
Then, there was the youth choir. While in the Sunshine Band, my mind could not fully grasp the meaning of the songs they sang but I couldn't wait to be in the youth choir. Turning 13 was one of the best days of my life because I knew when the next youth choir rehearsal date arrived, I would be there. And what a time we had! The songs were now a little bit more sophisticated, like "Ride on King Jesus." We had to learn parts – a step up from the Sunshine Band – and we rehearsed more, to get it just right for Sunday morning. I thought we were good enough for a recording contract. Yet, I still did not have the experiences where I could relate what I was singing to my life. We sang to sound good, to make others feel good, and quite honestly, for us to hear the applause that made us feel good. Whereas in the Sunshine Band, singing was just for fun, in the Youth Choir, it was a performance.
It wasn't until I had lived a little more and had been through some things that the songs I had been singing became real to me. They were no longer just beats but a blessing. No longer just music but a message. No longer just lyrics but the true love of Jesus.

I still love music, especially hymns. My husband used to joke that I knew just as many hymns as our former pastor, Dr. Frank Lewis (now deceased). He often marvels at the fact that I can sing a hymn without looking at the hymnal AND know all four verses. It all started at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Eunice, Louisiana. We were some hymn-singing folks. There was no singing verses one and four...no, we had to sing every verse. As much as I loved to sing then, I love to sing now. It's just different from when I was a child, or a teenager, or even a young adult. It's more than singing just to sing. I sing because I'm happy. I sing because I'm free! I sing because I know Jesus loves me. I love hymns, gospel, songs from my youth, contemporary songs, fast songs, slow songs but it's the songs about Jesus, especially the name of Jesus that mean the most to me. Why? Because Jesus is real. I know the Lord is real to me!
Matthew 1:21 says "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus. Not Buddha, not Allah, not The Man Upstairs...Jesus. Acts 4:12 tells us "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. Philippians 2:10 points out, "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow..." There's something about the name Jesus.
I often think back to my New Zion days and remember one of the first songs I learned:
There is a name I love to hear
I love to sing its worth.
It sounds like music in my ear
The sweetest name on earth

I lovingly remember my Pastor's wife, Sis. Mary Ann Frank who sang:
The name of Jesus is so sweet
I love its music to repeat
It makes my joy full and complete
The precious name of Jesus

When friends are few and enemies are many, I'm reminded that:
In the name of Jesus
We have the victory
In the name of Jesus
Satan you have to flee
Tell me who can stand before us
When we call on that great name
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus
We have the victory

When I'm down my knees and the words won't come, all I have to do is:
Say the name of Jesus
That can calm your fears, and dry your tears,
And wipe away your pain;
When you don't know what else to pray,
When you can't find the words to say,
When you can't make it through another day,
Say the name

When things around me are constantly changing, there's One who never changes:
Jesus!
Oh, how sweet the name,
Jesus!
Every day the same;
Jesus!
Let all saints proclaim
Its worthy praise forever.

When everyone and everything is gone, there's:
Jesus
There's just something about that name
Master, Savior, Jesus
Like the fragrance after the rain
Jesus
Let all Heaven and Earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms
Will all pass away,
But there's something about that Name

Each of us has a name given to us by our parents. As much as we like our names and have given names to our own children, those names cannot compare to THE name:
There's something about the name Jesus
It is the sweetest name I know
Oh how I love the name Jesus
It is the sweetest name I know

Everything you need can be found in Jesus:
There is a name
Precious name
Bless that name
O Jesus there is a name
There's healing in the name
Precious name
Bless that name
O Jesus there is a name

There's something about the name Jesus. There's nothing like the name Jesus. It IS the sweetest name I know.

Bible Gateway Verse of the Day

Psalm 16:8
“I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

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