When I was a young boy growing up in the Catholic church, I was taught that taking God’s Name in vain would lead to punishment. Of all the commandments, this one stuck with me like gorilla glue. To this day I have never used God’s Name to cuss or curse. According to Exodus chapter twenty verse seven, anyone who uses God’s Name in vain will be punished. There is power in God’s Name. If we treat it as common we devalue that power and excuse ourselves from the benefit.
Mathew 12:32 Anyone who says something against the Son of man can be forgiven; but whoever says something against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven.
If we use God’s Name in vain He will punish us and then forget it, but if we speak against the Holy Ghost we can never be forgiven. No man can be saved without the Holy Spirit, if a man knowingly speaks against the Holy Ghost he will never see God. Jesus spoke this to the pharisees because they accursed Him of casting out devils by the Spirit of God and so the pharisees were in danger of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave these pharisees a stern warning because He loved them. He came to save, not condemn.
Well I‘ll be damned - God dam it
These phrases are spoken every day by ignorant people, their conscience has been seared with a hot iron. Why are these phrases so grievous? Because they are unauthorized prayers that men speak in ignorance. There was a time when God winked (overlooked) at such ignorance but now He calls all men to repent. We will have what we say, we are taken by the words from our mouths. We will be judged for every idle (useless) word we speak, our only recourse is repentance.
Mathew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can you being evil speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Every man has convictions, firmly held opinions. These convictions are stored in the heart of a man and they are the basis for what he speaks. If he read opposing truths out of a book of facts, he would not accept them. In order to alter what a man continually says, he must change his view of all circumstances. If a man will read the Bible and allow it to renew his mind, he will come into agreement with God and he will begin to speak what is right. It would be better for a man to not mention God at all than to use His Name in vain. On several occasions I have been with men who were cussing and using God’s Name in vain, I started praising His Name and they stopped cussing. A lot of people are not even cognizant of what comes out of their mouth, to them it’s just a habit.
Psalm 145:1-2 I will exalt You, my God, O King, I will bless your Name forever. Every day I will bless You and praise You forever and ever.
David knew his Lord and so he had a reason to praise Him all the days of his life, reading the writing of David does not constitute praise on our part. Praising the Lord comes from the heart not off the pages of a book. God wants us to praise Him from our heart. David used his own words and we should do the same, it’s not so much of what we say it’s what we feel and believe. Our testimony is the basis for our praise and love for our Lord, acknowledging His love and power in our lives in praise. God’s Name is Holy and must be revered as Holy, His Name and praise should always appear in the same breath.