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Sunday, November 9, 2014

30 days of thankfulness, Day 10: Thankful for the names of God

On day 10, I am thankful for the names of God. There are a lot of them mentioned in Scripture:

The Good Shepherd
Strong tower
And many more

  A couple of years ago I was given the opportunity to review a Bible called The Names of God Bible. The editor took went back and put all the different names of God that were in the original texts that have been translated to God, and put them back in. At the front of the Bible is an alphabetical listing of each name and its meaning. Not only is it interesting to see, it can be quite encouraging and helpful to see what name of God was originally used and what the name means. It can add a whole new meaning and dimension to what you are reading.

  And it can be encouraging in life. To know God is Jehovah Jeriah, the God who provides. That He is Emmanuel, God with us. He is the Good Shepherd who cares for His sheep. He's our Father, the best Father there could ever be who makes no mistakes.

  And the list goes on. Whatever our problem, whatever we are facing in life, there is a name of God that indicates a character trait or ability of His that is pertinent to what we need. That should mean a lot to us. I don't believe God took on all of these names just for the fun of it, but so that we would know whatever our need, He is able to help us. There is no other like Him.

 Of all the names of God, there is one that stands out to me the most. And it could be the most important and outstanding name of God that there is:

  Emmanuel, meaning God with us. Christmas is coming fast, and that is the time of year we focus on that name the most, but it is so big we should focus on it all year long.

  Up until Jesus came, God resided in a temple. Then He stepped into our story and became one of us. And now, any of us can have Him reside in our hearts. Emmanuel, God with us and God in us. And I am thankful for that. Thankful for the name Emmanuel and what it means, but also thankful we have a God of many names, so we can always know He is enough for us and our needs.

He Is Jehovah
He is Jehovah, God of creation.
He is Jehovah, Lord God almighty.
The Balm of Gilead, the Rock of Ages.
He is Jehovah, the God that healeth thee.
Sing hallelujah, sing hallelujah,
Sing hallelujah, sing hallelujah.
He is Jehovah, Lord God almighty.
He is Jehovah, the God that healeth thee.
He is the great I Am, the God of Abraham,
Jehovah Shalom, the God peace I am.
The God of Israel, the Everlasting One.
He is Jehovah, the God that healeth thee.
He’s your Provider, Jehovah Jireh;
God of salvation, God of Messiah;
The Son he sent to you, and testified of him.
He is Jehovah, the God that healeth thee.

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