The Names of God
From Wednesday night prayer meetings...Pastor has been doing messages on the Names of God. A summary of the past few weeks follows....
Often scripture refers to calling on the Name of the Lord... God has given us His various names in the Word to reveal some of His attributes to us... they tell us Who He Is and What He Does... focusing on and praising Him for these attributes of God helps to build our faith.
El Roi – The God Who Sees Me – is used in Gen 16:13 Just as He saw and wanted to help Hagar, when you feel you are alone – He is the God Who Sees You and looks after you. He cares about every little detail of your life and knows the number of hairs that are on your head.
Ps 33:15 He thinks about you and everything that you do; He is a personal God.
Ps 33:18 – The eyes of the Lord are on those who hope in His unfailing love.
El Shaddai – God Almighty = God the Rock, God the immovable, God the unchangeable, God the Mountain. ‘God Almighty’ often used in scripture in reference to what in human terms would seem to be an impossible promise. For example Gen 17:1-8 when Abram and Sarai were well past child bearing years and God promised a child to them, it is El Shaddai, God Almighty for whom nothing is impossible. Likewise God had given Joseph promise & visions that he would rule over his family, yet it must have seemed like an ‘impossible promise’ during the years of captivity that Joseph endured... Yet God Almighty made him the promise, sustained Joseph during the years of waiting, and kept His promise to Joseph.
He is the God Who keeps His promises, God Almighty for whom nothing is impossible. If God made you a promise, and it seems long ago and distant now, remember He is the God Almighty, Who keeps His promises; He is El Shaddai, God the Rock, the unchangeable, the Mountain.
El Olam – the Everlasting, Eternal, Enduring God
Gen 21:22-34 – God gives confirmation of His promise to Abraham and Sara thru Abimelech’s words – that God is with them in everything they do and he indicates they will inherit this land. How do you respond to the prompting of the Lord when He gives you an assurance or confirmation of a promise He’s given you? Abraham’s response in v.33-34 was to plant a tree and to call on the name of the Everlasting God. He sets eternity in our hearts and reveals His promises to us. If we are to have a similar response, we would call on the Name of the Lord ...naming the attributes of God as praise to Who He Is and What He does. Abraham does not posses the promise yet, but as he calls on the Name (& attributes) of the Lord, it builds faith in his heart. For example, to praise Him as Creator God, the mighty God for Whom nothing is impossible...the God Who Sees Me... The God Who keeps His promises... The Everlasting God who is unchanging and a Rock...
Is 40:28-31 – Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the Everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. The will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.
He is the Everlasting God; praise His Name(s) :)