Biblical Evidence for Praising the Names of God

Scripture evidence for the Names of God.


Praising God's Names has been a universal practice and teaching of Jesus and the Prophets throughout the Bible. Here are the scriptural verses from the New International Version of the Bible. These statements tell a clear story about the power and purification of repeating, singing, reciting and otherwise praising of the Names of God. Here is the scriptural evidence for praising the Name of God.

Genesis 4:26:
At that time men began to call on the Name of the LORD.

Genesis 12:8:
From there he [Abraham] went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the Name of the LORD.

Genesis 13:4:
...and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the Name of the LORD.

Genesis 21:33:
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the Name of the LORD, the Eternal God.

Genesis 24:48:
"...I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me..."

Genesis 26:25:
Isaac built an altar there and called on the Name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.

Exodus 9:16 [God speaking to Moses]
"But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you My power and that My Name might be proclaimed in all the earth."

Exodus 20:7:
"You shall not misuse the Name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his Name."

Exodus 20:24:
"Make an altar of earth for Me... Wherever I cause My Name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you." 

Deuteronomy 5:11:
"You shall not misuse the Name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his Name."

Deuteronomy 18:7:
"...he may minister in the Name of the LORD his God like all his fellow Levites who serve there in the presence of the LORD."

Deuteronomy 18:22:
"If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him."

Deuteronomy 21:5:
"The priests, the sons of Levi, shall step forward, for the LORD your God has chosen them to minister and to pronounce blessings in the Name of the LORD and to decide all cases of dispute and assault."

Deuteronomy 28:10:
"Then all the peoples on earth will see that You are called by the Name of the LORD, and they will revere You."

Deuteronomy 32:3:
"I will proclaim the Name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!"

1 Samuel 17:45:
David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the Name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied."

1 Samuel 20:42:
Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the Name of the LORD, saying, 'The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.'" Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.

2 Samuel 6:2:
He and all his men set out from Baalah of Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the Name of the LORD Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim that are on the ark.

2 Samuel 6:18:
After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the Name of the LORD Almighty.

1 Kings 3:2:
The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the LORD.

1 Kings 5:3:
"You know that because of the wars waged against my father David from all sides, he could not build a temple for the Name of the LORD his God until the LORD put his enemies under his feet."

1 Kings 5:5:
"I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God, as the LORD told my father David, when He said, 'Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.'"

1 Kings 8:17:
"My father David had it in his heart to build a temple for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel."

1 Kings 8:18:
But the LORD said to my father David, ‘You did well to have it in your heart to build a temple for My Name.'

1 Kings 8:20:
"The LORD has kept the promise he made: I have succeeded David my father and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the LORD promised, and I have built the temple for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel."

1 Kings 10:1:
When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relation to the Name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions.

1 Kings 18:24:
"I will call on the Name of the LORD."

1 Kings 18:32:
With the stones he built an altar in the Name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed.

1 Kings 22:16:
The king said to him, "How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the Name of the LORD ?"

2 Kings 2:24:
He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the Name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.

2 Kings 5:11:
But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the Name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy."

Jeremiah 20:13:
"Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked."

1 Chronicles 16:2:
After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the Name of the LORD.

1 Chronicles 21:19:
So David went up in obedience to the word that Gad had spoken in the Name of the LORD.

1 Chronicles 22:7:
David said to Solomon: "My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the LORD my God."

1 Chronicles 22:19:
"Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD."

1 Chronicles 29:10:
David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly...

2 Chronicles 2:1:
Solomon gave orders to build a temple for the Name of the LORD and a royal palace for himself.

2 Chronicles 2:4:
"Now I am about to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God and to dedicate it to Him for burning fragrant incense before Him, for setting out the consecrated bread regularly, and for making burnt offerings every morning and evening and on Sabbaths and New Moons and at the appointed feasts of the LORD our God. This is a lasting ordinance for Israel."

2 Chronicles 6:7
"My father David had it in his heart to build a temple for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel."

2 Chronicles 6:10:
"The LORD has kept the promise he made. I have succeeded David my father and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the LORD promised, and I have built the temple for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel."

2 Chronicles 18:15:
The king said to him, "How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the Name of the LORD ?"

2 Chronicles 20:19:
Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the LORD, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

2 Chronicles 30:22:
For the seven days they ate their assigned portion and offered fellowship offerings and praised the LORD

2 Chronicles 33:18:
The other events of Manasseh's reign, including his prayer to his God and the words the seers spoke to him in the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel, are written in the annals of the kings of Israel.

Job 1:21:
"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the Name of the LORD be praised."

Nehemiah 8:6:
Ezra praised the LORD, the great God

Nehemiah 9:5:

"Stand up and praise the LORD your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting." "Blessed be Your glorious Name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.

Daniel 2:19:

Then Daniel praised the God of heaven

Psalm 5:11:

"But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your Name may rejoice in You."

Psalm 7:17:

"I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the Name of the LORD Most High."

Psalm 8:1 and 8:9:

"LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth!"

Psalm 9:2:

"I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing the praises of Your Name, O Most High."

Psalm 9:10:

"Those who know Your Name trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You."

Psalm 18:49:
"Therefore I will praise You, LORD, among the nations; I will sing the praises of Your Name."

Psalm 20:1:
"May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the Name of the God of Jacob protect you."

Psalm 20:7:
"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the Name of the LORD our God."

Psalm 22:2:
"I will declare Your Name to my people; in the assembly I will praise You."

Psalm 23:3:
"The LORD is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His Name's sake."

Psalm 29:2:
"Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His Name; worship the LORD in the splendor of His Holiness."

Psalm 30:4:
"Sing the praises of the LORD, you His faithful people; praise His Holy Name."

Psalm 31:3:
"Since You are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of Your Name lead and guide me."

Psalm 33:21:
"In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His Holy Name."

Psalm 34:3:
"Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt His Name together."

Psalm 44:8:
"In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your Name forever."

Psalm 48:10:
"Like Your Name, O God, Your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is filled with righteousness."

Psalm 54:1:
"Save me, O God, by Your Name"

Psalm 54:6
"I will sacrifice a freewill offering to You; I will praise Your Name, LORD, for it is good."

Psalm 61:8:
"Then I will ever sing in praise of Your Name and fulfill my vows day after day."

Psalm 63:4:
"I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your Name I will lift up my hands.."

Psalm 66:2:
"Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious."

Psalm 66:4:
"All the earth bows down to You; they sing praise to You, they sing the praises of Your Name."

Psalm 68:4:
"Sing to God, sing in praise of His Name, extol Him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before Him — His name is the LORD."

Psalm 69:30:
"I will praise God’s Name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving."

Psalm 72:19:
"Praise be to His glorious Name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen."

Psalm 76:1:
"God is renowned in Judah; in Israel His name is great."

Psalm 79:9:
"Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of Your Name; deliver us and forgive our sins for Your Name’s sake."

Psalm 86:12:
"I will praise You, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your Name forever."

Psalm 89:16
"They rejoice in Your Name all day long; they celebrate Your righteousness."

Psalm 91:14-16:
"Because he loves Me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My Name.He will call on Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation."

Psalm 92:1:
" It is good to praise the LORD and make music to Your Name, O Most High"

Psalm 96:2:
"Sing to the LORD, praise His Name; proclaim His salvation day after day."

Psalm 96:8:
"Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His Name; bring an offering and come into His courts."

Psalm 97:12:
"Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise His Holy Name."

Psalm 99:3
"Let them praise Your great and awesome Name — He is holy."

Psalm 99:6:
"Moses and Aaron were among His priests, Samuel was among those who called on His name; they called on the LORD and He answered them."

Psalm 100:4:
"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His Name."

Psalm 102:15:
"The nations will revere the Name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth will revere Your glory."

Psalm 102:21:
"So the Name of the LORD will be declared in Zion and His praise in Jerusalem."

Psalm 103:1:
"Of David. Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name."

Psalm 105:1:
"Give praise to the LORD, proclaim His Name; make known among the nations what He has done."

Psalm 105:3:
"Glory in His Holy Name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice."

Psalm 106:47:
"Save us, LORD our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to Your Holy Name and glory in Your praise."

Psalm 111:9:
"Holy and awesome is His Name."

Psalm 113:1:
"Praise the LORD. Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the Name of the LORD."

Psalm 113:2:
"Let the Name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore."

Psalm 113:3:
"From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the Name of the LORD is to be praised."

Psalm 115:1:
"Not to us, LORD, not to us but to Your Name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness."

Psalm 116:4:
"Then I called on the Name of the LORD: "O LORD, save me!""

Psalm 116:13:
"I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the Name of the LORD."

Psalm 116:17:
"I will sacrifice a thank offering to You and call on the Name of the LORD."

Psalm 119:132:
"Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love Your Name."

Psalm 122:4:
"That is where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to praise the Name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel."

Psalm 124:8:
"Our help is in the Name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth."

Psalm 129:8:
"May those who pass by not say, "The blessing of the LORD be upon you; we bless you in the Name of the LORD."

Psalm 135:1:
"Praise the LORD. Praise the Name of the LORD; praise Him, you servants of the LORD"

Psalm 135:3:
"Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to His name, for that is pleasant."

Psalm 135:13:
"Your Name, LORD, endures forever, your renown, LORD, through all generations."

Psalm 138:2:
"I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise Your Name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness"

Psalm 140:13:
"Surely the righteous will praise Your Name, and the upright will live in Your presence."

Psalm 142:7:
"Set me free from my prison, that I may praise Your Name."

Psalm 145:1:
" I will exalt You, my God the King; I will praise Your Name for ever and ever."

Psalm 145:2:
"Every day I will praise You and extol Your Name for ever and ever."

Psalm 145:21:
"My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise His Holy Name for ever and ever."

Psalm 148:5:
"Let them praise the Name of the LORD, for He commanded and they were created."

Psalm 148:13:
"Let them praise the Name of the LORD, for His Name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens."

Psalm 149:3:
"Let them praise His Name with dancing and make music to Him with timbrel and harp."

Proverbs 18:10:
"The Name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe."

Isaiah 18:7:
"At that time gifts will be brought to the LORD Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned, from a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers — the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the LORD Almighty."

Isaiah 24:15:
"Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea."

Isaiah 50:10:
"Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the Name of the LORD and rely on his God."

Isaiah 55:6:
"Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near."

Isaiah 56:6:
"And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to serve Him, to love the Name of the LORD, and to worship Him..."

Isaiah 57:15:
"For this is what the high and exalted One says — He who lives forever, whose Name is holy..."

Isaiah 59:19:
"From the west, men will revere the Name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere His glory."

Jeremiah 3:17:
"At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the LORD, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the Name of the LORD. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts."

Jeremiah 20:13
Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.

Jeremiah 26:16:
Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, "This man should not be sentenced to death! He has spoken to us in the Name of the LORD our God."

Jeremiah 26:20:
Now Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim was another man who prophesied in the Name of the LORD

Daniel 2:20:
"Praise be to the Name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His." 

Joel 2:26:
"You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the Name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed."

Joel 2:32:
"And everyone who calls on the Name of the LORD will be saved"

Micah 4:5:
"...we will walk in the Name of the LORD our God for ever and ever."

Micah 5:4:
"He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the Name of the LORD his God."

Malachi 1:11:
[LORD God says] "My Name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to Me, because My Name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.

Malachi. 4:2:
[LORD God says] “But for you who revere My Name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.”

Zechariah 10:12:
"I will strengthen them in the LORD and in His Name they will live securely," declares the LORD.

Zechariah 13:9:
[LORD God says] "They will call on My Name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.'"

Zephaniah 3:9:
"Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the Name of the LORD and serve Him shoulder to shoulder."

Zephaniah 3:12:
"But I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in the Name of the LORD."

Jesus directly taught his students to praise God's Holy Name:

Luke 11:2 and Matthew 6:9:
"Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name."

Jesus also indicated his mission to spread the praising of God's Holy Names:

Matthew 21:9, Matthew 23:39, Mark 11:9, Luke 13:35, Luke 19:38, and John 12:13:
"Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord!"

This is because Jesus emphasized the importance of praising God:

Matthew 5:14-16:
"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

John 17:11:
"Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name, the Name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one."

And Jesus' miracles caused people to praise God:

Matthew 9:8:
When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God...

Matthew 15:31:
The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.

Mark 2:12:
He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God

Luke 2:28:
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God.

Luke 7:16:
They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”

Luke 13:13:
Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

Luke 18:43:
Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

Luke 23:47:
The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God...

Jesus also praised God directly:

Matthew 11:25 and Luke 10:21:
“I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth"

John 17:26 (Jesus praying to God):
"And I have declared unto them Your Name, and will declare it"

Jesus' disciples followed the instructions of Jesus after he returned to the spiritual realm:

Luke 24:53:
And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Jesus' followers continued this tradition of praising and glorifying God's Holy Names:

James 3:9:
"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father..."

James 5:10:
"Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the Name of the Lord."

1 Peter 1:3:
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!"

Acts 2:21:
"And everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved."

Acts 3:8:
Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

Acts 9:28:
So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the Name of the Lord.

Acts 10:46:
For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.

Acts 16:25:
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

2 Timothy 2:19:
"Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Everyone who confesses the Name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."

Romans 10:13:
"Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved."

2 Corinthians 11:31:
"The God and Father of the Lord Jesus Who is to be praised forever..."

Ephesians 5:19:
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.

Colossians 3:16:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Hebrews 13:15:
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess His Name."

Revelations 19:5:
Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you His servants, you who revere Him, both great and small!”