There are dozens and dozens of different names for God found all throughout the Bible. Each one expresses something different about who He is, and teaches us something unique about Him.
Today’s devotional from Phil Wickham corresponds with the song “1,000 Names“, and tells us more about how God reveals Himself to us through His names.
(Just joining us for the series? Start with Day 1.)
In scripture, names carry significant weight and meaning. God even goes so far as changing people’s names as He calls them into His heavenly purpose. The names of God are no different. His names aren’t just titles, they are definitions of His character. He creates, so we call Him Creator. He saves, so we call Him Savior. He protects and leads, so we call Him Shepherd. Moses wanted to know who God really was, and so the Lord told Him, “I am Yahweh, slow to anger, abounding in Loving devotion…” (Ex. 34:6). Over and over again, God proves Himself faithful to His names.
There’s a heart-wrenching story in the Old Testament of a dysfunctional family episode in which a woman named Hagar was used, abused, and banished to die. At the moment when all hope seemed lost, God showed up in the form of the Angel of the Lord. He not only rescued her, but He gave her a promise beyond what she could have imagined. At the conclusion of this encounter, she gave God the name, “El Roi,” which in Hebrew translates to the God who sees me. “She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me’” (Gen. 16:13).
It’s amazing how God continues this process of revealing His nature, His attributes, and His names, all throughout the Bible. All those names culminate in the person and name of Jesus. The Apostle Paul writes, “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11).
Here are a couple questions to ask yourself to help stir a heart of worship in you:
1. In what ways has God personally revealed Himself in your life that line up with what we see in the Bible?
2. Out of all the names God is called in the scriptures, what are one or two you could spend today meditating on?
What’s your favorite name of God found in the Bible?
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