‘You Changed My Name’ by Matthew West

‘You Changed My Name’ by Matthew West

Names and titles are important to most of the population. They oddly become part of our identities, defining who we are as a person. Those titles and names help signal to others who and what we are. For instance, some who obtain a doctorate, even when not in the medical field, insist on being referred to as “Dr.” But as one song mentions, there is a name and title that means so much more than any earthly distinction or moniker.

Matthew West’s “You Changed My Name” states how Christ came in and changed his life and name. In the opening verse, the songwriter mentions that this development happened simply because of Christ’s unfailing love for him as a sinner. Because of this love, the songwriter's life has been completely changed for the better.

“My name was lost ‘til Your love reached down
You rescued me, now my name is found
I was a slave to my sin and shame”

The song’s second verse alludes to the passage in 2 Corinthians chapter 5 in which Paul writes that anyone has become a new creation if they follow and believe in Christ. The “old is gone” and “now my name is new,” the song points out

This new name, the songwriter indicates, is powerful enough that it can and does overcome anything that the enemy may call out. Instead, the old sinful creature is long gone, and this person has become and is called a “chosen child of God.”

Because of God’s great love for us, we have been saved, become a new creation and now have a new name. Our new names, our new selves are certainly nothing we could have ever earned or done ourselves. 

What a fantastic song with an uplifting and truth-filled message about God's power, never-ending grace and unfailing love. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.”

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