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Psalm 9: 10             NIV

For those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Well, there are two pretty loud messages in this one short passage. The first one is about knowing the name of God and the confidence that builds in the hearts of His people. There are several aspects to this first idea. You know by now that “God” is not our father’s name. It is only a title. When you know His real name then naturally your relationship grows with Him as you use that name instead of the antiseptic title which has no familiarity attached to it nor any personal attachment to Him. People throughout the ages have called every kind of thing “God”.

There is some confusion regarding the accurate name of God but don’t get hung up on that. The name was hidden for eons and there are language issues but that is just puff and stuff. You can ask Father what name He wants you to use in your private discussions. I use the name Yahweh and I am quite comfortable with it though you may learn that YHWH (without the vowels) is certainly accurate if not more so. Some people use the name Jehovah and that works too. They are all derivatives of one another. We do not want to get caught up in Semantics although the study of all of these ancient words is awesome. I go back to Exodus where Moses asked the Lord who he should say sent him and the Almighty said, “I AM WHO I AM”; “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you” (Exodus 3: 14). The Lord’s declaration of I AM is where the name of Yahweh comes from. It is that idea of He who is, who was, and who always will be. So that is the first name I use for our Father and using it instead of a title brings me into closer unity with Him.

Secondly, we know that beyond his personal name, the Lord had many descriptive names that He shared with the Israelites. I cannot go over all of them in this format but there are several books that list and describe the many descriptive names of God. I personally enjoyed Marilyn Hickey’s book on the names but there are plenty out there to choose from. One such name is Jehovah –Jireh which means “Our Provider”. Each of these descriptive names of God provides a greater insight into who He is and His relational positioning with us. Therefore, each one brings greater confidence and comfort to our hearts.

Lastly, He, our God and Father, has never forsaken any who have sought Him. I can testify loudly to this. When I sought Him, He reached out to me and took hold of me. When you seek Him, you find Him. I flew out to California and in typical lawyer fashion I put Him on notice that I was going to that conference to get Him. He must have laughed out loud but I was serious. I earnestly sought Him and my life has never been the same. 

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