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The Power Of A Name

Nicknames are often descriptive of some noticeable aspect of a person’s character or physical attributes. Growing up, my elementary school friends brutally called me “liver lips” since at that stage of development my lips seemed disproportionately large. Needless to say, I have always been glad that the name didn’t stick.

Unlike my nickname, I love the names of God that describe His magnificent characteristics. God is so wonderfully multifaceted that He has many names that communicate His capabilities and character. To name just a few, He is:

Elohim, the God above all gods

Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides

El-Shaddai, the almighty God

Jehovah Rapha, our healer God

Jehovah Shalom, our God of peace

Jehovah Shamma, our God who is present

Jehovah Yahweh, our loving, covenant-keeping God

It’s no wonder the writer of Proverbs encourages us to remember that “the name of the Lord is a strong tower,” that in times of need God-fearing people run to it and “are safe” (Prov. 18:10). When unwelcome circumstances threaten you and you feel vulnerable, reflect on one of God’s names. Be assured—He will be faithful to His name.

Lord, remind us that Your names reveal Your
character. Help us to remember them in our times
of need and distress. Thank You for the assurance
that You are faithful to Your name.
God’s names, which describe His character, can bring comfort when we need it most.


The book of Proverbs provides us with insight on everything from words to work to relationships. Interestingly, sprinkled throughout the book are sayings that don’t tell us something about life but rather about God. Yet those theological truths should not be separated from the idea of practical day-to-day living. It is as important to know that the name of the Lord is strong and provides safety (18:10) as it is to know that a fool’s mouth leads to his destruction (v.7).

22 thoughts on “The Power Of A Name

  1. vet4christ says:

    The names of God are many and wonderful. But I just think that the name mentioned – Jehovah Yahweh – is a repetition of God’s name, the tetragrammaton YHWH, which is translated as either Yahweh or Jehovah.

  2. happyinjesus says:

    I love the many names of God!!! It is awesome to know that God is our healer, our deliverer, our intercessor, our high priest and so much more!! Thank you Jesus!!

  3. doctor-perspective says:

    Brother Joe’s nickname was “Liver Lips”. Mine was “Big head Stammering Mac”. What was yours? Many of the nicknames that we acquire during childhood are public nicknames, and yes, are quite often very hurtful.

    But there are other kinds of nicknames… private, personal and intimate ones. Those are the ones that are born out of intimate relationships such as that of a man and his wife. These are usually loving and motivational.

    You can easily find over 200 names and/or descriptions throughout the Bible that refer to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Revelation alone, you will find over 20. As brother Dave has taught, each Name of God reveals an aspect of His character and person. Addressing God by His Names is an excellent way to get to know Him.

    But do you have any private, intimate names for God?

    Many Bible Names are directly related to actual personal experiences. In Genesis 22:14 Abraham named the location on which he was ready to sacrifice his only son, “Jehovah Jireh”, which means the Lord will provide. Why? Because the Lord provided a ram caught in a bush in the nick of time, just before Abraham plunged the knife into his only beloved son in obedience to God. For Abraham, Jehovah Jireh was a very personal and intimate name, born out of a very personal and intimate experience.

    God has made us all different and wants to maintain a unique and different relationship with each of us simply because we are all different. Out of those experiences can come Names of endearment as we revel in the sweetness and intimacy that He wants to develop in our relationship with Him.

    So go ahead. Create your own “nickname” for God as He intimately relates to you in personal areas of your life that only you know about. Despite the hundreds of Names of God and their derivatives in the Bible, in the heart of God, there will always be room for one more… the one that is born out of our experiences with Him.

    If I were to share my name for God with you it would be, “Jehovah Everything I Need You to Be”.

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  5. Rocky says:

    When I was a born, the neighbor was not able to pronounce my first name, and she said that fat and heavy as a rock, and that she was going to call me Rocky.

    I stuck, it later became my middle name, I’ve learned that Rock or Rocky also means Peter, he was the only one besides Jesus that walked on water.

    I tell people that they can call me Rocky Jr. because my father is the Rock! :)

  6. ilove says:

    I was praying just before reading today’s ODB and God said to me “I will put my name on the line and keep the promises I made with you forever.” I didn’t expect that a few minutes later I would be reading about God’s name as a reflection of his faithful character. Praise be to God!

  7. Randy Bridgeman says:

    Truly our GOD is awesome and awe-inspiring. I suppose if we began now listing His names, it would take an eternity and beyond to finish! Blessed be the name of our GOD.

    Another weekend is here; here’s wishing the Saints a wonderfully blessed one including tomorrow when we come together to worship, praise, honor our GOD as ell as fellowship with our fellow Saints. I love all of you and keenly look forward to meeting you in Heaven if we don’t meet on earth.

  8. princessdee says:

    He is the captain of my salvation, the ancient of days, the lily of the valley, the rock of ages, the lion of the tribe of Judea, the I AM THAT I AM, the bright and morning star, the Alpha n the Omega, the beginning and the end, my present help in time of need, my fortress, my strong tower, my hiding place,my shield, my buckler, my God, my glory n the lifter of my head, the king of kings and the Lord of lords, the one that was, that is and is to come, the everlasting father, the Prince of peace, my savior, the all knowing and all powerful God, the faithful God, the covenant keeping God, the creator,the greatest of the greatest, the glorious God, my defender, my helper, my father in heaven, my peace, a consuming fire , the warrior, the fighter of my battles, the only wise God,my redeemer, restorer, rewarder, rebuilder, ….I worship you O God because I am nothing without you.

    1. eternallyhis says:

      Amen to all that and knowing He is even that much more. Our Awesome LORD GOD, how great thou art, blessed be Your Holy Name.

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