What if I told you I hold a title of “Lady” based on owning a small plot of land on the other side of the pond? It’s true! My husband purchased a very tiny land parcel in Dunfermline, Scotland as my birthday gift this year, compete with a printed proclamation of “elevated” social status and all. A title tells you something about the person bearing it’s name. Here are some more examples.
Although my name is Helen, that’s not what everyone calls me. My kids call me, “Mama.” My only sister’s daughter, my niece, calls me “Aunt Ellie”. My mom used to call me “Helen Jean” when she really wanted to get my attention. My email signature for work has some initials after my name, indicating my level of education and area of expertise. Each of these names, or additions to my name, tell you something about me. Some attribute. What are some of the names or titles people call you? What do those words tell others about you?
Did you know God has different names to reflect His attributes as well? Usually when I pray, I start out with “Father God…” or “Lord God…”, but He has so many more names, especially when you look at the original language they were written in! These names provide so much more dimension than the name “God” or “Lord” alone. We can call on these names when we want to humbly worship or petition Him in ways that correspond to various aspects of His character.
Abba is an endearing term that means “Father” similar to what a young child might say to their own father when they want him to know how special he is. Here’s a few more:
Adonai = “Lord” (Exodus 4:10-12)
El Shaddai = “God Almighty” or “God the All-Sufficient One” (Genesis 17:2-3)
Yahweh-jireh = “Yahweh will provide” (Genesis 22:11-14).
Yahweh-raah = “Yahweh My Shepherd” (Psalms 23:1)
Yahweh–nissi = “Yahweh My Banner” (Exodus 17:16)
Yahweh-rapha = “Yahweh who heals” (Exodus 15:26)
Isn’t that amazing!? Which attribute do you need to call out to today? Which one do you need to speak over a loved one? Which one do you feel led to praise Him for? The names for God go on and on in the Bible. We would be hard pressed to find a need that would not coincide with one of His very many Names. He is quite literally all-encompassing. Our every need can be met in and through Him, and He wants to meet those needs. We simply have to call out to Him by name and ask.
Yahweh-Jireh, you alone are my provider! Nothing of this world can fill voids in my life that only you can fulfill. If there is any place in my life where I am lacking then what I yearn for in those areas is not really a need at all. I trust you to meet my every need as I need it! Thank you for that! I am so grateful that I can call on you by name and that you know me by mine. You have an entire universe hanging in the balance, and yet you care about me and our relationship with one another. That truly leaves me speechless! Today, I do not even want to ask you for anything at all. I just want to praise you for being you and for your ultimate provision found in the resurrection and ascension of your son.
In Jesus’ Holy and Precious Name,
To add to the conversation about calling on the names of God, here is a song our home church loves to sing during worship on Sundays. Now that we know that Jireh means “provider” see how much more meaning the words can hold and enjoy!!