Psalm 138:2

This verse is a Christological gold mine. This is how the TNIV translates it:

I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
that it surpasses your fame.

What is so Jesus-centred about that?, you may well ask.

How does the ESV have it?:

I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.

With some imagination one could probably extrapolate something from this – but is it clear? No.

How does the Hebrew original have it?:

אֶשְׁתַּחֲוֶ֨ה אֶל־הֵיכַ֪ל קָדְשְׁךָ֡ וְאֹ֘ודֶ֤ה אֶת־שְׁמֶ֗ךָ עַל־חַסְדְּךָ֥ וְעַל־אֲמִתֶּ֑ךָ

כִּֽי־הִגְדַּ֥לְתָּ עַל־כָּל־שִׁ֝מְךָ֗ אִמְרָתֶֽךָ׃

Literally this translates: I bow down to the temple of your holiness, I thank your name on account of your steadfast love and faithfulness, because you have made great over all your name your word.

The KJV is spot on:

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

The names of God are his characteristics, his attributes – they tell us who he is, what he is like. This is standard for names in the OT: Abraham = father of many, Israel = struggle with God, Adam = man (i.e. representative for mankind) etc.

John makes it clear that the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son, Jesus is also called the Word (John 1:1).

Paul writes the following of Jesus, the Word and makes clear just how exalted he is (Col. 1:15-20):

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

All was made for Him!

Also, the pinnacle of revelation is in the Word of God – Jesus (John 14:9):

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

So, for anyone who ever doubted – there is something very special about Jesus (gross understatement…)!

See related post “Trinitarian Revelation“.


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