Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Names of God

There is great significance in a name.


Have you ever thought about all the names you could use to describe yourself?

Renee: Wife, Mom, Friend, Sister, Grandaughter, Daughter-in-Law, Runner, Teacher, Housekeeper, etc...

And then there are the names that would describe my spiritual character...some good, some not so good.  I'll spare you the detailed list.

Yesterday the boys and I did a devotional about names and how they tell the many of aspects of who one is and what one does

They had fun listing out the many names they would use to describe themselves.  And then we talked a little bit about the names God used to describe Himself.

In Scripture, God has many names to tell of who He is and to show how He meets our many needs.
 
Here are just a few:
 
ADONAI [ah-doe-NI]
The Lord, My Great Lord
God is the master and majestic Lord.  God is our total authority.
Psalm 8
 
ELOHIM [el-o-HEEM] 
The All-Powerful One Creator
God is the all-powerful creator of the universe.  God knows all, creates all, and is everywhere at all times.
Deuteronomy 10:17
 
EL OLAM [el o-LAHM] 
The Eternal, Everlasting God
He is the Beginning and the End, the one who works His purposes throughout the ages.
Psalm 90:1-2
 
EL ROI [el ROY]
The God Who Sees me
There are no circumstances in our lives that escape His fatherly awareness and care.  God knows us and our troubles.
Psalm 139:7-12
 
EL SHADDAI [el-shaw-DIE]
The All Sufficient One
God is the all-sufficient source of all of our blessings.  God is all-powerful.  Our problems are not too big for God to handle.
Genesis 17:1-3


IMMANUEL [ih-MAN-u-el]
God With Us
Jesus is God in our midst.  In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.
Isaiah 7:14

YHWH [juh-HO-vah]
"I AM," The One Who Is, The Self-Existent One
God never changes.  His promises never fail.  He is faithful.
Malachi 3:6

JEHOVAH-JIREH [juh-HO-vah JI-rah]
The Lord Will Provide
God will meet all our needs.
Psalm 23

JEHOVAH-RAPHA [juh-HO-vah RAH-fah]
The Lord Who Heals
God has provided the final cure for spiritual, physical, and emotional sickness in Jesus.  God can heal us.
Exodus 15: 25-27

JEHOVAH-ROHI [juh-HO-vah RO-hee]
The Lord is My Shepherd
The Lord protects, provides, directs, leads, and cares for His people.  God tenderly takes care of us as a strong and patient shepherd.
Psalm 23:1-3

JEHOVAH-SHALOM [juh-HO-vah shah-LOME]
The Lord is Peace
Jesus is our Prince of Peace.  God brings inner peace and harmony.
Numbers 6:22-27

JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH [juh-HO-vah SHAHM-mah]
The Lord is There; The Lord is My Companion
God's presence is not limited or contained in the Tabernacle or Temple, but is accessible to all who love and obey Him.
Psalm 46

FATHER
The Heavenly Father who lovingly cares, provides, and disciplines.
Through faith in Jesus, God becomes our personal Father.
James 1:17

Studying and thinking about the names of God can remind us of His true character. 

Knowing the names of God can help us better understand and trust Him. 

It can also empower our prayer life.

For example,

When my children feel lonely they can pray to JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH, their God who is near. 

When they are anxious or fearful they can pray to JEHOVAH-SHALOM, their God of peace. 

When they are in need of care and refuge they can pray to JEHOVAH-ROHI, their Great Shepherd. 

When they are sick they can pray to JEHOVAH-RAPHA, their Lord who heals. 

When they have needs they can pray to JEHOVAH-JIRAH, their God who provides. 

When they are overlooked or forgotten they can pray to EL ROI, their God who sees them. 

When they are weak or overcome by this world they can pray to ELOHIM, their all-powerful creator who knows all, creates all, and is everywhere at all times. 

When they need tender care and discipline they can pray to God, their FATHER who loves them perfectly and unconditionally.

And when they recognize they are lost and hopeless sinners, they can pray to IMMANUEL, their Savior!

Join me today and let's pray that our children become eager to know and understand the many names of God.

God,
Your many names encompass the beauty and majesty of who You are.  They speak of Your greatness and of Your care for Your people.  Today I pray that my children would grow curious and eager to know and understand the many names You ascribe to Yourself in Scripture.  May they learn of Your true character and how You are more than able to meet any and every need they will ever have.  And I pray that knowing Your names would help them to better understand and trust You.

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