Knowing God by Name
Meeting the God who meets your Needs
Based on Psalm 23
Why study the names of God? So we can know him better!
Imagine two people trying to get to know one another without ever learning their respective names. Such a relationship would have serious limitations and by necessity would be quite shallow. How can you really know someone when you don’t even know their name? Our names are intertwined with our identity and personality. We come to know people by their names and titles. The fact is, it would be impossible to truly know someone and be known by them, to love and be loved, without knowledge of their name. This is no less true of our relationship with God. The study of God’s self-disclosed names in Scripture, then, is a vital part of knowing God. He shared his names with us so we could know him more intimately.
“Just as white light is made up of seven different rays or colors, so God is made up of different attributes that are illuminated by different names” (Towns, p. 13). And just as we can learn about the nature of light by examining each of the seven different colors in the spectrum, so we can learn about God’s nature by understanding each of his different names found in Scripture.
A new eight–week summer sermon series based on the names of God will begin on Sunday, June 12. The series is called, Knowing God by Name: Meeting the God who Meets our Needs, and is based on eight different divine traits or names implied in Psalm 23. Each divine name implied in the song corresponds directly to very real human needs like protection, rest, peace, courage, and comfort. Psalm 23 is a delightful song of a satisfied soul. There David describes God as his loving Shepherd tenderly caring for his deepest needs and longings. By looking at the human needs described in the psalm, along with the corresponding divine traits or implied names of God, we will know God better and enter into a deeper and more meaningful relationship with him.
Below is the schedule for this upcoming series.
June 12: Jehovah Roi – The Good Shepherd (Protection)
June 19: Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Shall Provide (Satisfaction)
June 26: Jehovah Shalom – The Lord our Peace (Relaxation)
July 3: Jehovah Rophe – The Lord our Healer (Restoration)
July 10: Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord our Righteousness (Salvation)
July 17: Jehovah Nissi – The Lord our Banner (Determination)
July 24: Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is There (Consolation)
August 7: Jehovah M’kaddesh – The Lord that Sanctifies You (Sanctification)*
*The concept of drawing implied names of God from Psalm 23 is based on a chapter in Elmer Towns’ book, My Father’s Names: The Old Testament Names of God and how they can help you know him More Intimately. Ventura, CA. Regal Books, 1991.