Your Great Name

Your Great Name, written by Krissy Nordhoff and Michael Neale, is an inspiring song that spells out God’s redemptive work in our life, celebrates who God is, and how that results in/for us. It’s a song that helps us think through what God has done through the cross. The fact is that Christ paid the price for our sin that we could not by dying on the cross. He defeated death & the grave when we were powerless to do so.

This song describes the power in God’s “great name”.  This idea comes from Acts 4:12 which states, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” God’s name represents all that He is and all that He has done, is doing, and will do. In Christ and through Christ the lost are saved (John 14:6 & Luke 19:10). It’s only by trusting in who He is that we can be reconciled to Him (Romans 8). The Bible is clear that we have turned from God and sought our own way, leading to our own condemnation and shame because we’ve sinned against a holy & perfect God (Isaiah 53:6) (Romans 3:10-20). The great news of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ took the condemnation we deserved and atoned for our sin (Romans 3:22-26) on the cross. Because He is a loving God that cares for us and extends His grace to us, we have forgiveness for our sin and we can be reconciled with God (Romans 5:9-11).

By trusting in the work of Christ for salvation, we are saved from sin and free to live life as God intended (John 10:9-11). We are forgiven of our sin and released from the shackles of shame/guilt (Colossian 1:13-15 & Romans 10:10-11). We are strengthened to be fearless of anything this world may throw at us because our life is in the hands of the One who has sovereign power over all creation and has given us great & precious promises that He will not be unfaithful to (Romans 8:31-39). If we are in Christ, the enemy (not people, but the principalities of darkness-Eph 6:10-18) has no control over us and flees at the sound of Jesus’ name (Luke 10:17-18).

When we are all honest with ourselves, we realize that we are all weak. This song reminds us that our strength is found not in ourselves, but in Christ. In Him we have all that we need for life and godliness (Isaiah 40:30-31 & 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 & 2 Peter 1:3-11). Jesus explains to us in His Word that He is the bread of life and that he satisfies the hungry soul (John 6:32-40). This song reminds us that we were all orphans and fatherless before coming to faith in Christ (Psalm 68:4-6 & Hebrews 12:7-11). In Christ, not only do the fatherless find their rest, but the sick are healed and the dead are raised. We see this playing out literally in the New Testament, but we also see in Ephesians 2 that Christ is bringing life from death for us spiritually. He has made us alive in Him when we were dead in our trespasses. All of these things are a result of God’s work in us to bring about redemption. It’s only in his great name that salvation is possible.

The chorus of Your Great Name simply proclaims the worthiness of God in regard to our worship and ascribes to Him the glory that is due His name (Psalm 29:1-2). We worship God because of who He is: He is worthy of our devotion merely in His character. We also worship Him for what He’s done. He became the sacrificial lamb for us. In corporate worship we lift up Christ and magnify Him, not in the sense that we make Him larger that He is, but rather that we reveal the mysterious wonder, complexity, and magnificence of who He is. The reality is that we worship Jesus now as His church, but there’s coming a day when every knee will bow  and every tongue confessed that Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:5-11).

The bridge of this song proclaims the various ways that God aids us. He is our redeemer (Isaiah 54), our healer (Psalm 103) and our Lord Almighty (Isaiah 6:1-7). He is our Defender (Deuteronomy 10:17-18), our Savior (Psalm 25:4-6) and our King (1 Timothy 6:12-16). What aspect of God’s redemptive work do you need to be reminded of today? What aspect of God’s character is an encouragement to you? Remember today who God is and what He has done for you on the cross & in the empty grave. Bothers & sisters in Christ, walk in security, victory, love & peace today.

Lost are saved, find their way
At the sound of Your great name
All condemned feel no shame
At the sound of Your great name
Every fear has no place
At the sound of Your great name
The enemy has to flee
At the sound of Your great name

Jesus, worthy is the Lamb
That was slain for us
The Son of God and man
You are high and lifted up
And all the world will praise
Your great name

All the weak find their strength
At the sound of Your great name
Hungry souls receive grace
At the sound of Your great name
The fatherless find their rest
At the sound of Your great name
The sick are healed the dead are raised
At the sound of Your great name

Redeemer, my Healer, Lord Almighty
Defender, my Savior, You are my King

© 2008 Integrity’s Praise! Music | Two Nords Music  | (Admin. by ION Music Administration, LLC)
Krissy Nordhoff | Michael Neale
CCLI License No. 332519

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  1. Thank you for a wonderful illustration using scripture and personal experience to describe the truth of this song. I will share this with my wife, Krissy, co-writer of the song. Many of your scripture examples were inspiration for the song’s origin lyrically! Blessings!


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