OMG!!! Is That Ok?

“Let God’s name be treated differently from all other names; let God’s name be given a position which is absolutely unique.”  D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

 I not only tire of it, I’m offended by it. OMG looks so innocent, just an expression of surprise or some other emotion. Is there anyone who doesn’t know what it stands for? Oh My God. The first two words don’t bother me. But when you want to use the name of God flippantly without regard for God Himself… that’s a problem.

Jesus began the prayer he taught to the disciples by saying, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed is your name.” Hallowed doesn’t just mean holy, although God’s name is holy. It means to be treated as holy. Shallowly posting or saying OMG after everything is not treating God’s name as holy, it’s treating it as trash.

There are some good times to use God’s name and to say Oh My God… according to the Bible. Here are Five Times it’s OK to say OMG!

1. When Repenting. 

Ezra 9:5-7 “Then, at the evening sacrifice, I rose from my self-abasement, with my tunic and cloak torn, and fell on my knees with my hands spread out to the LORD my God and prayed: “O my God, I am too ashamed and disgraced to lift up my face to you, my God, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens. From the days of our forefathers until now, our guilt has been great. Because of our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been subjected to the sword and captivity, to pillage and humiliation at the hand of foreign kings, as it is today.

If you’re going to pray a prayer like that, you should be calling upon the name of a holy God.

2. When Obeying. 

Psalm 40:8 “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” In a prayer like that you are acknowledging Him as your God, a good thing.

3. When Requesting. 

Psalm 71:13 “Be not far from me, O God; come quickly, O my God, to help me.”  In this prayer you seek the help of a powerful God. Good call.

4. When Interceding. 

Daniel 9:19 “O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.” Here you could be calling upon our Holy and Powerful God on behalf of others, sounds like a very godly thing to do.

5. When Praising  

Psalm 71:22  “I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.” Amen! It would be hard to praise God without calling upon Him!

OMG because someone looked at you, or wrote something you didn’t like… no. Our Father in heaven is to be hallowed, not treated commonly. I encourage you to think about what you mean anytime you use His name. And I encourage you to use it often, correctly.

John

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