I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name! In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self. (Psalm 138:2, 3 AMP)
This Psalm was written by David, a man who could worship wholeheartedly and God loved him. He praised God's name for His kindness and other qualities. God has placed above everything else His name and His word. His Name is His character such as Healer, the God who Sees (the seemingly insignificant person), Almighty, Provider and I AM. He has many more Old and New Testament Names. His Names meet a need in our heart at the time we call on Him. It's specific for our need and warms our relationship with Him. But He exalts His word above his Name.
Why would He exalt anything above something that is so sweet to our relationship with Him? Well, in His word are promises and stories that explain His Names. In his word is permanently written exactly what He said about many subjects. And promises are guaranteed when they are written down. We can live a life by faith with all that is written in His word.*
David called on God and God strengthened him for something he was tempted with. God didn't just help him out a bit but He made him inflexible to temptation. That's a real need for most of us.
Lord, there is so much to praise You for. Your beautiful world created, Your constant companionship, and for your Name and Your word. As we praise you with a heart grateful for promises You've made and stories that speak our heart's need, we'll be stronger against temptation. Thank you Lord for Your gift of more than tangibles, but Your gift of You to us.
*Matthew Henry Commentary