Friday, April 24, 2009

His Name

“Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.”

Psalm 29:1-2

Have you ever considered the names of our God? I once sent an email that asked my friends and family to list as many of them as they could without fudging and looking them up in Scripture. It is amazing to consider the number of them. Even more amazing are the meanings behind each one.

The earliest record of God's name is found inscribed on ancient stones in the Holy Land and is simply the symbol "L". We know He spoke His name to the patriarchs
. "Moses said to God, 'Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, "The God of your fathers has sent me to you," and they ask me, "What is His name?" Then what shall I tell them?' God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites. 'I AM has sent me to you.' " Exodus 13,14 (NIV)

The Jews consider the Lord's name so sacred and fear offending Him to the point of not speaking His name. They even go so far as to not print His name in its entirety, rather, write it as "G-d". But we take comfort in knowing His most precious name - Jesus. And as He illustrated in Scripture, when He was before Caiaphas and the council of leaders before condemning Him, "They all asked, 'Are you then the Son of God?' He replied, 'You are right in saying I AM.' " He declared His divinity, incensing them, and they accused Him of blasphemy and placed Him on the cross. (Luke 22:70 NIV)

His Name is to be revered and honored. His Name speaks of a multitude of love, grace, peace and comfort. There is not enough space on this blog to list them all for He is the compilation of all things eternal and He is worthy of our worship and adoration. I have listed a few of them, but if you have any others you would like to add, please do so!

He is Elohim - The Triune God

You are Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Three in One. All-powerful, Almighty, Supreme and Holy; The One true God.

Psalm 19:1

He is Yahweh - The Lord

You are Divinely Lord of all creation;
“God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.”

Genesis 2:4

“Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders You have done.”

Psalm 40:5a

He is El Elyon - Our God Most High

You are God above all other gods; Sovereign and True. Honor Him for He is sacred.

Psalm 7:17

He is El Roi - The God Who Sees

“From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; From His dwelling place He watches all who live on the earth - He who forms the hearts of all, Who considers everything they do.”

Psalm 33:13-15

He is El Shaddai - God Almighty Is His Name

“I Am God Almighty; walk before Me and be blameless."

Genesis 17:1

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

Psalm 91:1

He Is Yahweh Yireh - The Lord God Will Provide

“The Lord watches over all who love Him…”

Psalm 134:20a

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, If I settle on the far side of the sea, Even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.”

Psalm 139:9-10

He is Yahweh Nissi - The Lord Is My Banner

Your cloud of righteousness goes before us, O Mighty God.
We will shout for joy when You are victorious And will lift up our banners in the Name of our God.”

Psalm 20:5

Adonai is His Name - The Lord

You are above all creation and the nations you have established.
One day, “All nations will come and worship before You, For Your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Revelation 15:4d-f

Yahweh Elohe Yisrael is His Name - Lord God of Israel

For You said,
“I will put My law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Jeremiah 31:33b

My God is Yahweh Shalom - The Lord Is Peace

We need not fear, for our God is with us. Our Lord said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14:27

“The Lord gives strength to His people; The Lord blesses His people with peace.”

Psalm 29:11

He is Qedosh Yisrael - The Holy One of Israel

You are upright and true, Lord;
In all ways You are faithful and just.

“Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

Isaiah 12:6

Yahweh Sabaoth - The Lord of Hosts

Your army goes before us. Great and mighty is Your strength, O Lord, For victory will be Yours.
“They will be mine,” says the Lord of Hosts, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession.”

Malachi 3:17

Ascribe to Him His rightful Name! Faithful Friend, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Almighty God, Son of Man, Son of God, Deliverer, Redeemer, Saviour…