THE NAME OF THE LORD.
I love singing songs and choruses about the NAME OF GOD like:
“Lord I lift your name on high, Lord I love to sing your praises,
I’m so glad You’re in my life, I’m so glad you came to save us”.
There are so many references to the NAME OF GOD in the Bible especially in the Old Testament and the Psalms, here are a few well known verses.
Prov. 18:1 NKJV The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.
Psalm 7:17 NKJV I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness,
And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
Psalm 34:3 NKJV Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
Psalm 63:4 NKJV Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
These awesome verses go on and on.
Why do we love the NAME OF GOD so much? Speaking personally, there is such a witness of the Holy Spirit in my life when we do declare His Name.
In Bible Times, names were very significant and had such meaning both to the person and the family, and in relation to the NAMEOF GOD, it shouts out so much about the PERSON BEHIND THE NAME.
In the Old Testament God is given so many names, and I list many of them here, as they give us so much information about His character, and love to us.
The self-existent One. He has always existed and will always exist. You can always rely on Him because He is your eternal source of strength.
(Genesis 2:4, Isaiah 40:3; 10; 1 Samuel 1:20; Exodus 6:1-4, 3:1-22)
God is the Lord over all. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, He reigns forever. Therefor you find safety in Him and Him alone.
(Genesis 15:2, Judges 6:15, Malachi 1:6, Deuteronomy 10:17; Psalm 2:4, 8:1, 97:5, 136:3; Isaiah 1:24, 6:1; Romans 10:9)
The Lord your sanctifier. He forgiveness your sins and His Holy Spirit works in your life to become like He is: pure, loving and true.
(Exodus 31:13, Leviticus 20:8; Ezekiel 37:28)
The Lord my shepherd. He cares for you, the way a shepherd tends his sheep. He cares for you and leads you to still waters and green pastures.
(Psalm 23, 80:1, 95:7, Isaiah 40:11, Jeremiah 31:10, Ezekiel 34:12, 23)
The Lord who is present. He never leaves you, nor forsakes you. He is with you forever. Your best friend, who never betrays you.
(Ezekiel 48:35, Genesis 28:15, Ezekiel 48:35, Psalm 23:4, 46:1, 139:7-12, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Amos 5:14)
The Lord our healer. “By His stripes were are healed” declares the Bible. Jesus Christ died to give you life. Not only was God the healer in the Old Testament, but Jesus Christ revealed the healing heart of God for all of us, more than ever.
(Exodus 15:26, Exodus 15:26, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 6:2, 41:4, 103:3, 147:3, Isaiah 19:22, 30:36, 57:18-19, Jeremiah 3:22; 17:14, 30:17)
The Lord our righteousness. When we believe in Jesus Christ, He becomes our righteousness. He forgives our sins and washes us with His blood.
(Jeremiah 23:6, Genesis 15:6, Jeremiah 23:6, Psalm 4:1, 5:8, 24:5, 31:1, 36:10, 71:15, 89:16)
The Lord will provide. Jesus Christ said that Father cares for us and we never need to worry about provision. He is our source of life, in every way.
The Lord our banner. The Lord gives us the victory in spiritual warfare. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord raises a banner of His love over us and covers us. He wages war on our behalf and makes us more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.
The Lord is peace. Whenever there are storms in your life, hide in Him. He is your shelter in the storm. He gives peace beyond understanding, even when circumstances are chaotic. He is our shelter and our shield.
The Lord of Hosts. The Bible mentions myriads of angels, who wage war against the armies of hell, who try to destroy mankind. Jesus Christ is the Lord of hosts, the Captain of the armies of heaven.
(Isaiah 6:1-3, 1 Samuel 1:3, 17:45; 2 Samuel 6:2, 7:26-27; 1 Chronicles 11:9; Haggai 1:5)
The God of Recompense. The Lord says in Romans 12 “vengeance is mine, I will repay.” We should never avenge others for what they do to us, but leave it in God’s hands.
God is creator, powerful and mighty, Lord of lords. He is the Lord Most High, stronger and mightier than anyone or anything. When you face impossible circumstances or adversaries, now that your God is stronger.
(Gen. 1:1, 17:7, Ps 19:1 Jer. 31:33)
The most high God. Do not fear the enemy who tries to intimidate you. Know that your God is the Most High God. There is none above Him. Jesus Christ is exalted high above every name.
(Genesis 14:17-20, Deuteronomy 26:19, Isaiah 14:13-14)
Mighty God. The Lord is mighty to save. His arm is not too short. Whatever problem you are facing, know that your God is El-Gibhor, MIGHTY!
The everlasting God. God is eternal, while your problems are temporary. His love will never change. His promises are true. Build on Him, who is eternal and do not focus on your temporary situations. He will show you His great and eternal goodness.
The strong one who sees. When you feel lonely and abandoned by people, know that God is with you. He sees you and He knows you. He hears the cry of your heart and He loves you more than you can imagine. he will lead you through and fill your hear with His praise.
God Almighty, the mighty One of Jacob. God is not just another ‘god’ like the countless idols. He truly is the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth.
(Gen. 17:1, 49:24, Ps. 91:1, 132:2, 5)
The God who gave birth. God is our Creator and our Father. He saw us and He loved us, even before we were born. He has a plan for your life and if you walk with Him, He will fulfill His dreams over your life and amaze you.
God of knowledge. Wisdom comes from the Lord. Man tries to become wise apart from God, ut ends up in foolishness. When we fear God and keep His commandments, to love one another, we will know Him as He is and His wisdom will guide us.
(1 Samuel 2:3; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 1:18-31)
The Ancient of Days. God is eternal. He was before the beginning of time. Therefor He has all authority. Every knee bows before Him.
(Daniel 7:9, 13, 14)
Let me encourage you to meditate on all these different names, I am sure they will bless you greatly, and want you to bow down and worship Him.
We come into the New Testament and we see the Son of God is given a special name. We read in Matt.1:21 NKJV nd she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
This verse clearly declares that the name Jesus means SAVIOUR, and we know the rest of the story, He died as the perfect Lamb of God to deal with the sins of mankind. THAT IS WHY WE LOVE THE NAME OF JESUS and the person behind that name..
I have met a number of Arabs on my visits to the Holy Land, called Jesus, but the Name given to the son of Mary, is unique because of who Jesus is, and what he has done, and what He is still doing today.
Acts 3:6 NKJV tells us there is an authority in this NAME. “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Healing in the Name of Jesus
The evil one hates the name of Jesus, so much so when we resist him in that name he must run. James 4:7 NKJV Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Deliverance in the Name of Jesus.
We are to be THANKFUL in that NAME Ephesians 5:20 NKJV Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
The day is coming when all mankind will bow the knee at that NAME Phil. 2:10 NKJV That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.
That name should dominate everything we say and do, Paul tells us in Colossians 3:17 NKJV And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, DO EVERYTHING IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.
That is some of the reasons, the Bible tells us to LOVE HIS NAME, but in conclusion let me remind you that over and above all that we know and love about the name of Jesus. There is something even higher than His name, and we must not never forget this King David says in Psalm 138:2 NKJV I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise your NAME, for your lovingkindness and your TRUTH. For You have MAGNIFIED YOUR WORD ABOVE ALL YOUR NAME. The AMP O.T. says I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!
Yes, we love the name of our God, let us also MAGNIFY THE WORD OF GOD.