God is known by many names as He is obviously the most comprehensive person in existence. However, when Moses asked for His name this is what He stated,
We begin to have mastery of subject when we are able to take the complex and simplify it. God’s name here is the very essence of that.
We begin to know someone by their name. God helps is understand and relate to Him that way.
We know a family, we often call them by their last name. For us it would be ‘The Booher’s’. In a way, when we call God that way.
Our family consists of a father (me), mother (my wife) and children (my daughters). God’s internal family is a trinity as well: the Father, the Son and the Spirit. Three distinct Persons in one.
God’s Word calls out many names for God. Below is a partial list from the book Experiencing God:
• my witness (Job 16:19)
• bread of life (John 6:35)
• Comforter in sorrow (Jer. 8:18)
• my hope (Ps. 71:5)
• Wonderful Counselor (Isa. 9:6)
• defender of widows (Ps. 68:5)
• the strength of my salvation (Ps. 140:7)
• Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11)
• our Father (Isa. 64:8)
• a sure foundation (Isa. 28:16)
• my friend (John 15:14)
• Almighty God (Gen. 17:1)
• God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3)
• God who avenges me (Ps. 18:47)
• God who saves me (Ps. 51:14)
• our guide (Ps. 48:14)
• our head (2 Chron. 13:12)
• head of the church (Eph. 5:23)
• our help (Ps. 33:20)
• my hiding place (Ps. 32:7)
• a great High Priest (Heb. 4:14)
• Holy One in your midst (Hosea 11:9)
• righteous Judge (2 Tim. 4:8)
• King of kings (1 Tim. 6:15)
• our life (Col. 3:4)
• light of life (John 8:12)
• Lord of lords (1 Tim. 6:15)
• Lord of the harvest (Matt. 9:38)
• mediator (1 Tim. 2:5)
• our peace (Eph. 2:14)
• Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6)
• my Redeemer (Ps. 19:14)
• refuge and strength (Ps. 46:1)
• my salvation (Exod. 15:2)
• my help (Ps. 42:5)
• the Good Shepherd (John 10:11)
• Lord (Luke 2:29)
• my stronghold (Ps. 18:2)
• my support (2 Sam. 22:19)
• Good Teacher (Mark 10:17)
Isn’t that wonderful? And there are more waiting for us to gleam from the Bible to better know God.
As a child of God, we are ‘in the family’ as His creations, His son’s and daughters, and with our faith in Christ ‘adopted’ and forever together.
His names are our high and lofty banners.
In that light, I wrote this a while back:
i am not
but i know I AM
so I amKirk A Booher
Without God, I am not much. Eternally bankrupt and hopeless. By knowing God and His desire to know me is the ultimate game changer for His is the great I AM. That experience (past, present and future) coverts my essence today and for all my tomorrows: I am.