A Name To Know Him By
Chapter taken from " The Very Heart of Worship"
Written By Cypress Ministries
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All that I am, praise the Lord;
everything in me, praise his holy name.
From the very beginning when God first started creation, He gave it a name. It wasn’t enough for Him to just create something without a distinct name. “God named the light ‘day’ and the darkness ‘night.’ Evening passed, morning came. This was the first day” (Gen. 1:5). In Genesis 2, Scripture tells us that after God made man, He brought the animals and birds to man so he could name them. Several times elsewhere in Scripture when He gave someone a new life, He started by giving them a new name. And, when He was ready to rescue His people and called Moses to lead them, He began by introducing Himself so there would be no doubt about who was doing the talking! You can know about someone without knowing their name. But when you really get to know them, then you will also know their name.
When you know someone’s name, your relationship becomes more personal than when they are just a face. That is what God wants us to do. He’s GOD, yes. But when we spend time with Him, when we get to know Him, we find that -- as if that weren’t enough -- He becomes so much more to us. He becomes personal to us, not just some lofty figure “out there.” God desires a personal, close relationship with us. He will even go to great lengths to introduce Himself to us. When we draw close to Him, He Himself will give us a name by which to call Him. It is so amazing that the God who created the universe wants us to be on a first name basis with Him!
The word “name” appears in the NCV Bible over 400 times. My favorite of these verses is:
“I am the Lord your God,
who stirs the sea and makes the waves roar.
My name is the Lord All-Powerful.”
When we have a very personal relationship with God, and come to know Him by name, then we can worship Him with much more intensity. When we praise God, it allows our hearts and our minds to become focused on who He is and not on ourselves and who we are.
Nehemiah 9:5-25 will be our core study passage in this, the second part, of our book. This one passage shows us many characteristics of God and His nature. It gives us names by which to begin our relationship with God. Throughout the Bible God reveals Himself to us in many different ways and by many different names. Whereas I might use the name and say, “God is my Strength,” you might use the name and say, “God is my Power.” Two different names, both equally strong; still one God. We just have different languages.
But to help begin our journey, I would like to start by focusing on just a few names that God reveals as being His. I would also like to suggest that, as we start to explore different names by which to praise God, you keep a notebook of some sort. I am very much encouraging you to look the verses up in your own Bible and listen with your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind and your heart and help you to hear God’s voice as He speaks to you from His own words.
As God begins to introduce Himself to you personally, write the names down that He shares with you and the passages that the Holy Spirit lights up in you. I am encouraging you to keep a journal, to share with your family and friends, of the different verses in His Word that He opens up as He shows you, “This is who I AM!”
Why is it so important to write it down and share it? Because when we don’t, we tend to forget, and then our children don’t learn and won’t be able to pass it down to their children. In Joshua 24:3, it talks about the fact that the Israelites served God as long as the elders who had witnessed God’s hand were living. But as these leaders died, the lessons became fuzzy until they weren’t spoken about anymore or even taught. Everyday life and other peoples’ beliefs started dominating them, until God’s beloved children had forgotten and turned away from Him. In fact, we are commanded to write it down!
“Write these things for the future so that people
who are not yet born will praise the LORD.”
I started a small notebook and put orange tabs in it, labeling them with the key names that I was learning during my personal Bible study. When I came to verses that spoke strongly to me about who God is I would write them down. Now, with much enjoyment, I can pick up my notebook and meditate on verses that speak of God’s name, which He has given me for my personal relationship with Him. In a second, larger notebook, I use a purple pen to rewrite these Scriptures down, and then with a black pen I journal a short note on how and why it is significant to me.
Later, I use a red pen to record things that happen over the next few days that confirm what God has revealed to me. Last, I use a black pen to write down my thanks to God for speaking to me, showing me His will, and revealing Himself to me.
You might think it’s pretty colorful, but when I look back at my journal, I can quickly and clearly see a difference between God’s Word (purple ink), my prayers (black ink), and God’s handprints in my life (red ink).
In our first set of core study verses in Nehemiah 9, we will look at verses 5-8. In this first introduction of who God is, we will see God’s greatness as being: All-Powerful, All-Knowing, and Faithful.
Core Study Verses Nehemiah 9: 5-8
“The People’s Prayer”
“Blessed be your wonderful name.
It is more wonderful than all blessing and praise.
You are the only LORD. You made the heavens,
even the highest heavens, with all the stars.
You made the earth and everything on it, the seas and
everything in them; you give life to everything.
The heavenly army worships you.
"You are the Lord, the God who chose Abram
and brought him out of Ur in Babylonia
and named him Abraham.
You found him faithful to you,
so you made an agreement with him to give
his descendants the land
of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites,
Perizzites, Jebusites, and Girgashites.
You have kept your promise,
because you do what is right.”
Please keep in mind that Nehemiah 9:5-25 will be our core study verses; however, we will be looking at several other verses during each name study, so, I suggest putting a colored sticky note in your Bible marking Nehemiah 9 to make it easier to turn back and forth. Ready?
Let’s start by praying, shall we:
♥ PRAYING IN FAITH
Father God, thank You for this time You are giving us. Thank You for bringing us together to read Your Words and to study different ways in which to know You. I pray that You will help us to learn more about You. I pray that You will help this reader to know You more intimately as we begin to study Your Word. Lord God, with my heart, I pray that this reader, whoever they may be, will come to discover the message that You would have for them. Father God, I am praying this reader’s heart will be touched in a very personal way, and that the words that You would have for them, the words that You would speak to them, will be made clear.
In Christ Jesus’ name I pray,