“Then Moses said to God, ‘Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is his name?’ What shall I say to them?’ And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’; and He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:13–14 NASB).
God is very specific but gives us a large number of names to call Him. These names are in His Word, the Bible, and in the different languages of those who worshipped Him. Here are some of my favorites:
- Jehovah (Lord)
- Jehovah-Raah (the Lord My Shepherd)
- Jehovah Rapha (the Lord That Heals)
- Jehovah Shammah (the Lord Is There)
- Jehovah Mekoddishkem (the Lord Who Sanctifies You)
- Elohim (the Creator)
- El Shaddai (the All-Sufficient One)
- Adonai (Lord, Master)
- Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
- El Olam (the Everlasting God)
I love what Smith’s Bible Dictionary says.
The meaning of Jehovah is underived existence, HE IS, or I AM BECAUSE I AM, the God of Abraham, of grace, and truth, and love; self-existence, eternity. Elohim is God in nature, Jehovah is God in grace. The word Jehovah is supposed to mean YAHU, joy; VAH, pain-the God of good and evil.
Why is it important to know God’s names and the ones He gives Himself? We need to know how to worship and revere Him as well as realize just how big He really is and just how big He really is to us. We need to understand His immeasurableness yet reachability. In Old Testament times, names showed character and personality. I believe this is one reason God has so many names: His character and traits are never ending. “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven” (Psalm 148:13 NASB).What name do you use for God? Do you use Father, heavenly Father, Lord, or some other name?
God Himself urges us to have a close relationship with Him. That’s one reason to know His names! “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB).
Jehovah will use His power however He wants for those who love Him. And He is watching and evaluating us and our actions. “God is gracious and loving. He is just and wrathful” (Psalms 17, 89, 145; 1 John 4:8).
The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. (Psalm 145:17–20 KJV)
I call my Father, Heavenly.
Paragraphs taken from Chapter 1, Unraveled, Time to Hear: An Investment Toward Your Eternity by Lisa Lynn (pen name).