Exodus 6:3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty,[a] but by my name the Lord[b] I did not make myself fully known to them.
This week’s verse speaks of God Almighty (in Hebrew El-Shaddai), revealing a more personal name, the LORD (Jehovah) to Moses.
Even more so since then, has God revealed Himself by coming as human flesh. Jesus, fully God and fully man died in our place to bring us into complete intimacy with God. Isn’t it just amazing that the God who created the universe would choose to reveal Himself to me and you?
Sometimes though, we don’t know how to express the wonder of this personal relationship.
Friends, lets explore 4 more Names of God as revealed in Psalm 23:3-5.
We understand that God is never changing. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. (Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)
By this we can base our decisions, to trust Him no matter what situation we’re facing.
The following table lists some Old Testament Names of God translated from Hebrew; the language of the Israelites. It lists where they’re found in Psalm 23, along with other cross references. Lastly, I describe what these names mean for me.
|Jehovah Tsidkenu –|
The LORD our Righteousness
|Jehovah Nissi –|
The LORD My Banner /
The LORD that prevails
|Jehovah Shammah –|
The LORD is There
|Jehovah Mekaddishkhem –|
The LORD that Sanctifies You
|Psalm 23: 3|
… He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
… I will fear no evil, …
… for you are with me; …
… You anoint my head with oil; …
Song of Songs 2:4
1 Peter 1:16
1 Corinthians 6:11
|We are all declared righteous by faith through the righteousness of Christ, not by what we have done, but for His Name’s sake.|
The Lord reminds me when I’m discouraged by my slip-ups, that salvation was not earned, but comes from His abundant mercy and grace.
|Whatever fear may beset us, God is the victorious banner that will never fall or be torn down. We live in victory over death for Jesus is risen! The war is already won, giving us confidence to fight battles with our flesh and the world with endurance.||He is there through celebration or trial. Often, it is when I’m going through a struggle that I feel His presence. When I feel alone and betrayed, He is still there. He loves me when I’m unlovable. His rod (protection) and His staff (guidance), they comfort me.||Under the old covenant, oil was used to sanctify/ set apart for God’s special use. Shepherds used oil on a sheep’s wounds to clean, sooth and heal. Sinning wounds us in our soul. Under the new covenant, God cleans, soothes and heals us by anointing us with His Holy Spirit.|
Again, ask the Lord (if He’s not already doing so) to remind your heart, times He’s revealed these qualities of His character, mercy, grace and salvation to you in a personal way.
Friends, sometimes we put our salvation to the back of our mind, like a checked-box. Let’s continue to be mindful of all our Gracious God has done for us! He did not just come to offer salvation to the world, but to us in a personal way.
Lord, My Lord, thank-you for being everything I couldn’t. Let me continually know that you are right beside me, through everything, making me new. You are not only God the Creator. You are My God, My Righteousness, My Victory, and My Ever-Present LORD. You are the One who makes me more like You. ~Amen
… In case you missed Part 1