First Verse, a journey through the Psalms: Psalm 8

“O our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens.”
(Psalm 8:1, NLT)

What’s in a name?  My daughter and her husband are expecting their first baby (and our first grand baby!).  I’m not privy to how long they discussed baby names, but my daughter did tell me the method they used in choosing a name.  Her husband’s full name includes double letters in his first, middle and last names.  Therefore, they decided on a boy’s name and a girl’s name with double letters.  In finding out they are expecting a girl, they creatively divulged to us her name: Scarlette Janelle.

In our culture today, parents choose names for various reasons.  They might pass on a family name, or they may name a child after someone they love or respect, or maybe they just choose a name they like.   Sometimes a name is given because of what the name means.  This was often the practice in the days of Jesus’ birth.

In fact, Jesus’ name held great meaning and was purposefully chosen.  His mother, Mary, visited by an other-wordly being, Gabriel, a messenger of God, was told she would have a son and she was to call him Jesus.

According to, Jesus is the english form of Iesous, the Greek form of the Aramaic name Yeshu’a, which itself is a contracted form of the Hebrew name Yehoshu’a or Joshua, meaning YAHWEH (the Hebrew name for God) is salvation.

So Jesus’ name means God is salvation.

Both Joel 2:32 and Romans 10:13 tell us “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” (‭NLT)
How incredible that Jesus name means God is salvation. And how fitting that when we call on His name, we are saved.

The psalmist declares His name fills all the earth.  Where ever we look we see evidence of Him and His glory displayed. So where ever we look, His salvation is revealed to us.

In what ways have you seen evidence of God’s salvation? Do you look elsewhere for saving grace, or are you able to see it in the name of Jesus?

Father, I proclaim that your majestic, saving name fills all the earth, everywhere, including my life. May I look nowhere else but the name of Jesus to be saved.


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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