“1 Praise ye bonk! Praise, O ye servants of bonk!, praise the name of bonk!

   2 Blessed be the name of bonk! from this time forth and for evermore.

   3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, bonk!‘s name is to be praised.

   4 Bonk! is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

   5 Who is like unto bonk! our God, who dwelleth on high,

   6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

   7 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;

   8 That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

   9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye bonk!

Psalm 113

How often does the Word tell us it is important to know and praise the name of the LORD? His name is mentioned 6,828 times in the Hebrew Bible. But how many believers actually know that name? Is the name of God really the LORD, Adonai or HaShem?

Like a Monty Python film, King James translators replaced the name of God with the capital letters LORD, and most other translations have followed suit. Since their purpose in using the word LORD was only to prevent people from actually saying “Yahweh,” they might as well have used the word “Bonk!”

“Let them praise the name of bonk!!: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.”

Psalm 148:13

How does this scripture make sense, once the name of God is removed?

While Christians have all but forgotten the name of Yahweh, Jews won’t say His name of out of a respect for His holiness. Until the third century, both believing and unbelieving Jews freely blessed one another in the name of Yahweh.

Explanations vary, but about the same time Gentile believers were erasing God’s name from the scriptures, the Jewish sages began to teach that the name “Yahweh” must never be uttered. HaShem (the Name) and Adonai took Yahweh’s place amongst the Jews.

As for the Gentile Christians, their reference to Yahweh was mostly restricted to His title, “God,” or to one aspect of His character, “the Father.” His role was relegated to that of the God of the Old Testament, who sent his Son, Jesus, to take His place in dealings with mankind.

And so, the absurdity of the King James Version of Psalm 113 became the norm for most Christian churches. Although the bible actually emphasizes the name Yahweh, it has been almost obliterated from both the scriptures and the minds of those who are the beloved of His soul. While Yahweh carved our names in the palms of His hands, there are only six mentions of His name in all of King James scripture.

The absurdity of this situation brings to mind a question. Have you ever known someone who knew his father but did not know his name? One would think such a person to be either a dolt or a liar.

When I was an inner-city outreach worker, I had at-risk youth conduct an interview with their parents. Each child would ask his mother and father basic questions, such as their favorite color, song or childhood memory. This would help the troubled young person begin to see their parent as an actual person. Perhaps believers should do the same with their Heavenly Father, the person who created and birthed them into His Kingdom. Perhaps, they might start by asking Him His name.