Day 10 – My God Is… Summer Bible Challenge (Join our online fellowship here.)
Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34, Romans 9:25-10:13, Psalm 20:1-9, Proverbs 20:2-3 (Click here to read today’s passages online.)
When it comes to introductions, my husband and I are a bit old fashioned. We require our children to address adults as Mr. and Mrs. We know and understand that this may seem outdated to some. And, we are even prepared to take some heat for this. But, that’s ok. We want my kids to understand and learn about respect and honor. It is more important to us that we teach them this than it is to “get with the times.”
An introduction can set the stage for all that we think about a person. When we say, “This is my dear friend, Mr. Jones.” We are conveying love and appreciation. When we say, “This is my boss, Mrs. Hampton.” We convey the hierarchy of position. So, much can learned by an introduction. Even, when we stumble we send a message. “I’m sorry, I forgot your name” says that their impact on you was likely not very significant.
I have to be honest. I am terrible with names. But, I can say, I remember the names of those I love. I would not stumble at introducing my husband or my children or closest friends. When someone impacts, their name becomes clear in our hearts and our heads.
As I read today’s passage in Psalm 20, I am struck by this concept of introducing the Lord.
Psalm 20:7 says –
...we boast in the name of the Lord our God. (NLT)
…we will remember the name of the Lord our God. (NKJV)
…we place our trust in the name of the Eternal One, our True God. (The Voice)
I want to break this down a bit for you today, because it is important. This word “boast” has its root in the word remember. It is to be mindful, to bring to mind, to mention. It is a verb – an action word. “The name of the Lord” translates as the proper name of the Lord – Jehovah, which means Lord, the existing One.
I can’t read this passage without considering – how do introduce my Lord. Does my life say, “I’d love for you to meet Jehovah – the One who exists in my heart. His proper name is Jehovah.
- Jehovah Rapha – The Lord who heals. When I speak about my past, do I remember to introduce the Lord who has healed me?
- Jehovah Shammah – The Lord Who is there. When I talk about my current struggles, do I recall times when the Lord was there?
- Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Who Provides. When I concerned about my finances, or my job do I express trust in the Lord who provides.
- Jehovah Shalom – The Lord is Peace. When I am anxious, do I settle myself enough to mention that the Lord is my peace.
Understanding the “proper name” of God allows me to see myself and my situation more clearly. When I am clear about who God is, I become more certain about who I am.
- I am a woman who has regrets. But, much more than that I am a woman who is forgiven and treasured and mended by the Jehovah Rapha. He calls me loved.
- I am a woman who sometimes feels alone. But, I have a God, Jehovah Shammah, who never leaves my side. He calls me valuable.
- I am a woman who sometimes wonders how the next bill will get paid. But, I have seen the Lord, Jehovah Jireh, meet my needs time and time again. He calls me safe.
- I am a woman who sometimes allows the world to rattle me. But, I have experienced a peace that passes all understanding when I take time to meet with my Jehovah Shalom. He calls me peaceful.
His name covers me. His peace overcomes my insecurity. His love cancels my mistakes. His power strengthens me when I am weak. His forgiveness gives me hope. His peace makes me secure. And, His hope brings me joy. His name and my testimony are knit together.
I encourage you to introduce the Lord to someone you love today – ask them to join us as we continue our journey. Add them to our member list in the Challenge.
My God Is…. more than I could ever begin to convey. But, I will certainly try. I want everyone I know to understand His “proper name.” I will remember the name of my Lord. I will mention it daily. His Name has the power to RESTORE EVERYONE!
My prayer for us today –
God, help us to be bold. Bring to mind all that You are in our lives. Give us simple ways to explain the magnitude of who You are to the people we come into contact with. Help them to see the impact You have had on our lives. Give us clarity. Help us understand more. Let us become secure in ourselves as we remember who You are. AMEN!
The One True King changes everything.