We thank you, God, we thank you— your Name is our favorite word; Psalm 75:1a (MSG)
I have favorite words. I didn’t know this until my Freshman English teacher, Ms. Jacobsen, pointed it out to me. At that point in time, "aspect" was my favorite word. I used it all the time in my English papers. To this day, as I re-read something I’ve written, I notice that I’ll use a certain word multiple times in a paragraph. Sometimes I’ll even use the same word multiple times in the same sentence.
I chuckled as I read the first verse of Psalm 75 this morning. I thought to myself, "I know some people who use God’s name like it’s their favorite word, but they don’t use it the way the Asaph meant!" In my work as a call coach, teaching Customer Service Representatives how to deliver great customer service, I often tell my clients that people like to hear their names used conversationally. If we are made in God’s image, I would imagine that He likes to hear us use His name conversationally, as well. How often does God hear me calling out His name? Would Ms. Jacobsen pick it out as one of my favorite words?