What’s in a Name?

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth!” Psalm 8:1,9

“A name in Bible times was more than an identification; it was descriptive of its bearer, often revealing some characteristic of a person.”-Charles Ryrie

When praying to God, the Hebrew nation prayed to a specific attribute of God-they called out to a part of God’s character. When I learned this, I found it fascinating because this is not something I knew to do. Once I did, however, it really transformed my prayer life! Here are some I frequently use:

  • El-the true God, powerful, to be feared, mighty, supreme
  • El Shaddai-Almighty one (like a mountain) (Ps 91:1-2)
  • El Roi-God who sees (Gen 16:13-who Hagar prayed to when dying in the wilderness)
  • Yahweh/Jehovah (technically YHWH)-The self-existing God
  • Yahweh Jireh-The Lord will provide (Gen 22:14-who Abraham prayed to before offering Isaac as a sacrifice)
  • Yahweh Nissi-The Lord is my Banner (Ex 17:15)
  • Yahweh Roi-The Lord is my shepherd (Ps 23:1)
  • Yahweh Tsidkenu-The Lord our Righteousness (Jer. 23:6)
  • Yahweh Shammah-the Lord is there (Ezek 48:35)

When we seek to know God, we seek to know His character, like the Israelites did. Why not show faith that He is Yahweh Jireh and call upon Him believing that He really will provide?

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. uzoechi emeka
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 03:36:09

    inded Jesus is great

    Reply

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