THE NAMES OF GOD
This week we kicked off a new series at South Shore called the Power of Routine and joined churches across the country in prayer for the next 21 days. In talking about prayer on Sunday morning, I mentioned that praying the names of God (or at the very least knowing them) is a great way to remember the promises of God. All throughout scripture we see the name of God being praised. We also see the call and reminder to praise His name. Here are just a few places we see it in the book of Psalms:
- “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” (Psalm 113:3)
- Psalm 8:1 – “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth.”
- Psalm 29:2 – “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.”
- Psalm 34:3 – “Let us exalt His name together.”
- Psalm 66:4 – “They shall sing to thy name.”
- Psalm 100:4 – “Give thanks to Him and praise His name.”
- Psalm 103:1b – “Praise His holy name.”
WHATS IN A NAME?
Like most people, I go by many different names depending on the circumstances or who I am with. Growing up if I was in trouble it was always “Nicholas Todd” but most people have always known me as Nic. Then there was this odd time in college that I tried to go by Todd. I would never answer anyone that called me Todd because I didnt realize they were talking to me. This made for many awkward situations and so that didn’t last long. In some circles, I am referred to as Dr. Williams, Reverend Williams, or Pastor. I also have the honor of having two special people in my life who call me dad.
Often times, a name will reveal character. The names of God reveal to us something of His character. These are names He gave Himself and thus they reveal to us what God chooses to show us about Himself. To praise God, properly, we should know Him intimately. Here are a few to help you get started.
What are the Names of God?
Elohim – Powerful God (Gen 1:1)
- Elohim is used over 2700 times in the Bible. It means “the one who is great and mighty.”
- Occurs in Genesis 1 thirty-two times.
- Plural — indicates Trinity.
- Name by which covenants were instituted.
El Shaddai – Almighty God (Gen. 17:1)
- Used 48 times in O.T.
- “The one who is mighty to completely nourish, satisfy, and supply us.”
Adonai – Lord (Gen. 15:2)
- Usually occurs in the plural when referring to God (because of the Trinity).
- Refers to His ownership of all that is. Refers also to our need for stewardship.
- Isaiah 6 — “I saw the LORD . . . .”
- The one who reigns.
- Exodus 3:14.
Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord Provides (Gen. 22:14)
- He knows every need in advance.
Jehovah-Rophe – The Lord Heals (Exodus 15:26)
- Name given by God Himself.
- After bitter waters of Marah.
- “Healing is what I am.”
Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord is my banner (Exodus 17:15)
- God prevailed in battle against the Amalekites as Moses prayed. When he stopped praying the Amalekites began to win. Finally, Aaron and Hur help Moses pray and God gives the victory to Israel.
- Jehovah-Nissi — “The Standard” to which all men must gather and behind which all men must march.
Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – The Lord who Sanctifies you (Lev. 20:8)
- “The One who makes you holy.”
Jehovah-Shalom – The Lord is Peace (Judges 6:24)
- Gideon was frightened but the Lord said, “Peace, Do not be afraid, You are not going to die!” Gideon replied, “Jehovah-shalom.” He recognized that God is peace.
Jehovah Rohi – The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)
Using His Names:
- When you are about to give up — Jehovah Jireh.
- When you are sick — Jehovah Rophe.
- When the battle is fierce — Jehovah-Nissi.
- When you are disturbed — Jehovah-Shalom.
- Jesus is all of these.
As you pray using the names of God and study the names of God you will learn about the character and promises of God. You will find that He is our provider, deliverer, healer, shepherd and so much more. Take sometime this week and include some of the names of God in your prayer life or study time.