God gave Adam and Eve a powerful task: to name the animals. By doing so, they were to to have power – “dominion” – over them.
In past times, names weren’t so separate from the people or objects they described. That’s why it was so important that “you shall name him Emmanuel” – God is with us.
So declaring that God’s name is holy – that’s saying that God Himself is holy. To the extent that we will even treat His name with unbelievable reference.
It seems we’ve forgotten that in our modern culture. We constantly treat the names of God with no reverence at all.
And often God himself, if we’re to be honest.
I’m going to try to bring that back in my thoughts. Hallowed be Thy name.