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Teach Your Children to Sing with a Fixed Heart!

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Commandment III:
Do not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. For the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Exodus 20:7 ESV

God’s name is I AM, which is “understood to be all those things that God has made known to us, or how He reveals himself to us”. When we misuse His name, we are profaning God—we are making what is HOLY, unholy. The Puritan William Ames teaches us that this commandment is instructive in “the manner of Divine Worship”. Therefore, worship of God requires both inward and outward reverence and devotion.

How can we obey this commandment?

Honor all things that pertain to God. Particularly His Name as well as His Worship.

“By the ‘Name of God’, it is understood to be all these things whereby God is made known to us, or reveals Himself.” This includes personal devotion, instituted worship and the place of His Word in our lives.

Reverence to God avoids a careless attitude towards God in speech or action. Don’t be slothful, neglectful, dull or forgetful in attending to worship, both in the heart (inward) and actions (outward).

Consider and Ponder: As parents, teachers, grandparents and all those privileged to work with children, we must teach them what this commandment instructs concerning worship. This is God’s way to ensure that our children can “sing with a fixed heart,” a heart anchored in Him.

Excerpted from The Marrow of Sacred Divinity by William Ames, translated by William H. Gross,, Book 2, Chapter 14 “Of the Manner of Divine Worship”.

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