For the Sake of His Name

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This song was born out of a devotional time in Ezekiel 36. This chapter is typically known for its new covenant language, for example in verse 26 where the Lord says, "I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you." But there is something bigger happening in this chapter - God not only promises to redeem His people from their sins, and give them new hearts that they might "walk in His statutes," but He tells us why He will do it:
It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. (vs. 22-23)

Surely God redeems people because of His great love and mercy, but here He declares that His redemption is about His honor - His reputation, the glory of His holy name. He cannot let their unfaithfulness go unpunished, or He would cease being the holy and just Judge of the universe. And how does He "vindicate the holiness of [His] great name?" Ultimately, at the cross, where Jesus absorbed all of the holy wrath and jealousy due us because of our sin. He did this in order that God might be able to justify (pardon) His people and at the same time remain just. This is what Paul says in Romans 3:26: "so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus."

As we contemplate the greatness of God's fame and eternal plans, and the fact that His purpose in saving us is so much bigger than our own lives, we might begin to feel small. But losing ourselves in His glory means finding ourselves in His story - the great story of redemption that will one day culminate when we are able to see His glory face to face. May we sing to our glorious God with humble and awestruck thanksgiving for His saving purposes, and may we long for the day when we can experience the fullness of His glory.

Lyrics

Verse 1:
The Lord has seen us, our thoughts and ways,
No deed is hidden from His gaze.
Our God is jealous for we have profaned
His prized possession - His own name.
Though His name has been disgraced
All our sins have been erased;
From the grave we have been raised
To new life

Chorus:
For the sake of His name, for His unrivaled fame,
He has reconciled His people at the cross;
As His anger is spent on the Savior He sent
See Him vindicate the greatness of His name,
His glorious name, His glorious name.

Verse 2:
He sent His name’s sake to bear our shame,
The Son has taken all our blame.
From Christ, His treasure, He turned away
His love and glory to display.
Though His name has been disgraced
All our sins have been erased;
From the grave we have been raised
To new life

Bridge:
We will lose ourselves in His glory
As we find ourselves in His story.

Words and Music By David L. Ward
© 2012 ThousandTongues.org, admin by Thousand Tongues.

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Comments

Hi,

Wow. First and foremost, I was very touched by the lyrics. I just stumbled across this site and your song was the first one I picked. It is so refreshing to hear good theology in music. I definitely plan to use this song in my own personal worship and also when I play in public forums.

In His name,
Krysten
» Krysten Blouin on March 20th, 2012

Great song!! Are you using a capo on the 5th fret or an alternate tuning? Any chance you could post chord charts?

Thanks!
» Greg Harrison on April 30th, 2012

Greg, thanks. I used a regular capo on the 5th fret and a "short cut" capo on the 7th fret, and just added a capo chord chart to the Song Resources Box in the upper right hand corner of the page.
» David Ward on May 1st, 2012