(Arthur Pink, “The Ten Commandments”)
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless, who takes His name in vain.” Exodus 20:7
This commandment bids us to speak of God with that frame of spirit which is agreeable to His dignity and solemnity and the majesty: that is, with the utmost sincerity, humility and reverence. O what high thoughts ought we to entertain of such a Being! In what holy awe should we stand of Him!
Anything pertaining to God should be spoken of with the greatest sobriety.
God’s Name is taken in vain–when we use it without due consideration and reverence. Whenever we make mention of Him before whom the seraphim veil their faces–we ought seriously and solemnly to ponder His infinite majesty and glory–and bow our hearts in deepest prostration before that Name. Continue reading