November 11 The Names of God

scripture reading: Psalm 96
key verse: Psalm 96:2

Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

Sir Winston Churchill. Albert Einstein. Bill Cosby. President George Bush. Already your mind has formulated thoughts and opinions concerning these individuals, such as courage, genius, humor, and leadership. That is because a person’s name reflects far more than mere identity. It suggests character and personality, the sum of each person’s being.

Your worship experience can likewise be elevated through a new appreciation for the names by which God is called in Scripture. God’s name is indicative of His personal essence. The psalmist wrote, “O Lord, our Lord, / How majestic is Thy name in all the earth” (Ps. 8:1 nasb).

Listed here are just a few of the names ascribed to God in the Bible along with the particular aspect of His character they reveal:

El Olam—the everlasting or eternal God. Refers to God’s eternal existence (Gen. 21:33).

El Shaddai—God almighty. Refers to the all–sufficient power and might of God (Gen. 17:1).

El Elyon—God the Most High. Refers to the sovereignty of God (Gen. 14:18).

Jehovah—the Self–Existent One. Refers particularly to God’s covenant relationship with His people and His redemptive work (Ex. 3:14; 34:6).

I praise You, Oh Lord. You are the everlasting God. You are God almighty. You are God the Most High. You are Jehovah![1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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