Thirsty Thursday – Psalm 75:1- Your Name is our favorite word!

We thank you, God, we thank you— 

your Name is our favorite word;
    your mighty works are all we talk about.

(Psalm 75:1, The Message)


Last week I shared with you my “word of the year” this year—a word to help encourage, challenge and guide me in the way God wants me to go throughout the coming year. And I asked all of you to consider what YOUR word would be. I was blessed that the members of our awesome TLW staff took me up on that challenge and shared their words with me and with each other this past week. What word did YOU choose, and why?

The word I ended up choosing was “reveal.” We all know what it means, but I want to think about it in two directions: both what God can “reveal” to me about himself, his word, his church and his world; AND in what ways I can be a “revealer” of Jesus Christ as an ambassador of his Good News (2 Corinthians 5:20). To do that second part, I need to have my priorities straight. “What’s most important to me? Who is God calling me to be? What is God calling me to do? Where is he calling me to go?”

In Psalm 75, the song-writer Asaph offers an answer to all of these important questions of life. And his answer can be summed up in a single word.

We thank you, God, we thank you— your Name is our favorite word;
 your mighty works are all we talk about.

 (Psalm 75:1, The Message)

The writer begins his song with a simple chorus of praise. He is excited to share his “favorite word” with us. He and his friends can’t stop talking about who God is and what God does. Acknowledging and worshiping God is what connects them to one another. It’s what makes them belong—what brings them together into true community. At the end of the psalm, the writer concludes with another chorus of praise—but this time Asaph makes it personal. “As for me,” he sings, “I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob.” (vs. 9)

Asaph’s word of praise not only reveals his priorities; it also reveals the single-minded purpose of his life…to know God and to make Him known.

Between these two choruses, we begin to see how that sort of revelation happens…or more importantly, Who makes it happen. First God speaks. “I choose the appointed times…I judge with equity…I hold the pillars of the earth firm” (vs. 2-3). God is the One who makes sense of it all. He is the only One who can create order out of chaos—the only One who can bring it all into focus—the only One who can reveal the truth. “No one from the east or the west or from the dessert” can do it (vs. 6). It is God…and God alone, who “brings one down” and “exalts another.” God is our revelation…our true north…our favorite word.

This season of the year is called Epiphany in the church. It is a season during which we celebrate how God has revealed himself to us through Jesus Christ. Jesus is that “Word made flesh” (John 1:14). He is the Word who was there “in the beginning” (John 1:1). For all who seek peace and justice in this world; for everyone who is struggling to bring order to the chaos of their life; for anyone desperately searching for belonging, meaning and purpose—the name of Jesus is that Word…our favorite word. His mighty works and his limitless love are all we can talk about. As we celebrate Jesus—who God is and what God does—He reveals the Father’s heart to us and transforms us into his ambassadors to reveal His heart to the world.  One day His name will be on everyone’s lips…it will be everyone’s favorite word:

“…the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

If you’d like to share your word for the year with me, I’d love to hear it. Just shoot me a quick email at But for any one of us who truly desires a better life—a life that makes sense—let your favorite word be Jesus. Let his name always be in your heart and on your lips. He is God’s revelation…the Word of Life…the Living Water. Always stay thirsty for Him!

Pastor Philip

SONG: Build My Life

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