Holy is Your Name (Brodie and Laura Buchal)
“And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
Names are very important to God. They speak of identity. God’s name is far more important than our own. His name expresses His nature and character.
Many of the names for God seen in the Bible reveal an important truth about God’s character.
The word “God” in Exodus 20:7 is translated from the Hebrew word “Elohim”, and can indicate one true God, who is supreme and powerful.
In Genesis 22:8 “Jehovah-jireh” is commonly translated as “the Lord provides”, although the Hebrew is literally “the Lord sees”. This takes the understanding of God’s character further than providing to also recognising God’s omniscience.
Moses called God “Jehovah-nissi” (the Lord is my banner) when God gave Israel victory over the Amalekites (Exodus 17:15).
Gideon built an altar to the Lord and called it “Jehovah-shalom” meaning “the Lord is our peace” (Judges 6:24).
These are just a couple of names used to describe God’s majesty, glory, power and greatness.
The following clip uses some common translations of God’s names that may be useful for personal worship.
Names of God (Laurell Hubick)
It is interesting when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray (in the Lord’s Prayer) that Jesus’ very first petition is “Hallowed be your name”. He is saying to his disciples – and to all of us – ‘when you pray, the very first thing I want you to pray for is that the name of my Father would be treated as sacred, as holy.’
“Let them praise your great and awesome name – he is holy.”
“He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever – holy and awesome is his name.”
“Our Redeemer – the Lord Almighty is his name – is the Holy One of Israel.”
“For this is what the high and exalted One says – he who lives forever, whose name is holy; “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
“for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name.”
“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.”
We can only be saved through the name of Jesus.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
No Other (For All Seasons)
Reflect and Ponder
A list of names of God is below. You might like to choose a couple each day this week to do one or more of the following:
- reflect on what it means for you that God has this name
- look it up in the Bible
- speak the name aloud and worship God for who he is
- claim for your life today the promise of God’s character contained in the name
You may also like to make your own list. There are so many to choose from!
Holy God of heaven, our provider, our banner, our Shepherd, and our Saviour.
We declare your name is holy. It is the name above every name and by which we are saved. It is the name by which we can come into your presence and call you our Father. We exalt your name today and lift our hearts to you in gratitude even as we fall to our knees in surrender. As we think on all that you are for us, we come to realise you are all we need. It is truly overwhelming to know you as our All in All. There is no situation that you have not made provision for, to bring deliverance and freedom, comfort, strength, wisdom, and peace. You are worthy of all our praise. You are our Prince of Peace, and your name is our fortress. We are your people and it is our joy to call on your name, and bring you glory and honour.
You are encouraged to use this Reflection daily over the week, lingering in it and letting the words of Scripture touch more and more deeply.
Names of God and their scripture reference
Lord – Luke 1:42-44
Mighty God – Isaiah 9:6
Christ – Matthew 16:16
The Door – John 10:9
Jesus – Matthew 1:21
Word – John 1:1
Son of God – Matthew 26:63-64
Son of man – Matthew 8:20
Everlasting Father – Isaiah 9:6
Messiah – John 1:41
Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6
Saviour – Titus 2:13
Emmanuel – Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23
Good Shepherd – John 10:1
Bread of Life – John 6:35
Light of the World – John 8:12
Ancient of Days – Daniel 7:22
Lord of lords – Revelation 17:14
Vine – John 15:5
The Way, the truth and the life – John 14:6
Wonderful Counsellor – Isaiah 9:6
Holy One of God – Mark 1:24
Alpha and Omega – Revelation 1:8
King of kings – Revelation 17:14
Lamb of God – John 1:29
Resurrection and the life – John 11:25