The Names of God

My Lord, my God, My Jehovah Father
To the Master, my whole heart I do offer
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack for no-thing.
I serve my Savior, the one true Almighty King.
These names of God teach us about His nature.
A life lived for Him will be one full of adventure.

Excerpt from my poem

I learned so much from researching the names of God for this study. I hope and pray that you learned something new about God from those names. So much of God’s character gets revealed in these names. And, we only touched on some of the descriptive titles. As we wrap up this study, I will look back at the names we did learn and look at a few of the ones we did not study. As a thank you, I include some materials for you to print to remind you of God’s true nature.

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Elohim

The Mighty One. The Bible quickly introduces us to this name in Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning, Elohim created the heavens and the earth.” I find comfort in the power associated with Elohim.

El Roi

The God who sees me. Hagar uses this name for God in Genesis 16:13: “Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”: for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?” God sees us, no matter how far away we roam from Him. His loving eyes are always upon us.

Nissi

The Lord is my banner. God establishes Himself as a banner over Israel as they wandered the desert as detailed in Exodus. He guarded them with a cloud of smoke in the daylight and a pillar of fire at night. And, God continues to spread His protection over us daily.

Rapha

God makes us whole. We find the healing touch of the Master throughout the Bible. Even if our healing does not occur as we expected, we know God’s plans remain the best. Someday, we will receive healing when we reach our heavenly home.

Shalom

God gives us peace. Gideon used this name for God in Judges 6:24; “Jehovah send peace, the name which Gideon gave to the altar he erected on the spot at Ophrah where the angel appeared to him.” God’s peace transcends the chaos of the world and offers us a hope and a future.

Other Names

Jehovah Raah

The Lord shepherds me. Can you guess where we find this name in the Bible? Here is a hint; “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” You guessed it, the 23rd Psalm. The Lord is our guiding light. He directs our steps daily. Picturing Jesus leading His flock through the lush valleys of life provides me a sense of comfort. God knows where He is leading me, so I need to follow.

Qanna

This name means jealous. The first mention of Qanna appears in Exodus 20:5; “You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.” God desires us all to Himself, like in a marriage. He does not want us chasing any other god or substitute gods like money or fame. Our hearts were made to worship the one and only true God.

Jehovah Jireh

It means the Lord will provide. Abraham gives us this name in the story of Issac. God presented the ram to Abraham so that Issac would not get sacrificed on the altar. The first mention occurs in Genesis 22:14; “So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” I still see God provisions in my life today. How about you?

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My favorite name is El Roi, the God who sees me. It awes me to think that our Lord cares enough about me to watch me. He knows everything about me because His eyes are always on me. But, this name also makes me want to be a better person since He is watching me.

Do you have a favorite name of God? I would love to hear from you.

Links to My Post on the Names of God

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22 thoughts on “The Names of God

  1. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Managing Editor. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Q

    I love the name Emmanuel – God with us. But I also like the one you chose, as well. God SEES us… ahhhh, do we have to just have ONE favorite? Great post – thanks for the research you did on the name of God.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Lisa. No limit to how many you like. God makes them sessional for me.

  2. Yvonne, oh, how I’ve enjoyed this series. Thanks for the reminders of God’s names and what each one means. Like you, my favorite name is El Roi. So comforting to know He sees us even when we go unseen and unnoticed by people.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      So true Karen. I have to remind myself that God sees me especially when I feel unnoticed especially in ministry. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Yes it is. Thanks Beth

  3. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Oh Yvonne, I have always loved the Names of God! So this study fed my soul! Thank you for the research and for the review you presented here. It is very, very hard for me to pick a favorite name. For I need to recall God’s power when I feel weak (Elohim), His loving care when I am worn out (Rapha), His peace when the whole world seems out of control (Shalom), the Shepherd who leads me day by day by day (Raah). What a beautiful, beautiful God!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen Melissa. So many seem to miss the beauty of our Savior. God bless.

  4. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    This was a delightful series. I remember studying this in the 1980s, and it was so meaningful. Your posts have been a wonderful reminder of the richness of God’s many names! El Roi is my favorite. He is the God who sees me.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Melinda. It was a fun series to write. I find it amazing that the creator of the universe looks at me and sees me. And He watches us with loving eyes like a doting parent. We are blessed.

  5. Just choosing one favorite is difficult. Jehovah Shalom is important to me, because being at peace has been a major struggle for me at times. Rapha is also dear to my heart, as I have seen God heal myself and my loved ones. Thank you so much for sharing what you learned with us!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Jennifer. At, all the names have special meanings for me too. God bless

  6. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    I’d have a hard time picking a favorite. But I love what I heard someone recently say: Shalom means nothing broken, nothing missing. That just washes through me. Thanks for such great work! God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Nancy. I will really liked that definition of Shalom also, it gives a whole new meaning to the word peace. God bless

  7. Marcie Cramsey – Culpeper, Virginia – Marcie Cramsey who has been a Children's Minister/Leader for over 30 years lives in Fredericksburg, Va. Her number one passion is loving Jesus Christ. Second to that is her family. She will say that filling the roles of wife and mother is the highest honor that God has allowed her to fill. She spends her days serving others, reading, writing, and hiking and biking (when weather permits). She has been married for 30+ years to her best friend, Dan. They both have four wonderful grown children. Marcie recently published a book for parents, titled "Deep and Wide: Raising Children Deep in Jesus and Wide in Influence." This book teaches parents how to raise their children through relationship. It's been called "the most unique parenting book written." You can purchase this book at Amazon and Westbow Press.com.
    Marcie Cramsey

    Out of the names you listed, Yvonne, I love El Roi, too! I love the fact, that like a Father, God enjoys us individually. He sees our pain, what makes us happy, what motivates us, and arranges circumstances to equip, discipline, and direct us. He’s our Beautiful God. 🙂 Another favorite name of God is El Shaddai – the Almighty God. It means that He is powerful enough to defy all odds, including the natural world, for even the winds and sea obey Him.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      There are so many great ones. They do give us such hope and bless us. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I really appreciate it. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen. Thanks Jessica

  8. lisamurrayblog – lisamurrayonline.com – Lisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Nashville, Tennessee. She received an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca University. A former of the worship team for the Women of Faith Conference, Lisa founded the Counseling Ministry at Grace Chapel Leipers Fork where, in addition to therapy services, she coordinates the family ministry programs, including Dynamic Marriage, Love & Respect, Parenting with Love and Logic, and Celebrate Recovery. Lisa specializes in individual healing and growth as well as relationship issues. In her writing and speaking Lisa enjoys exploring the topics of spiritual and emotional wholeness in people's lives and relationships. She and her husband live in Franklin, TN.
    Lisa Murray

    I love El Roi, Rapha, and Shalom. Thank you for sharing – I’ve loved revisiting the names of God and learning more about His character. Blessings to you!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Lisa. I appreciate your thoughts on this and thanks for visiting. God bless

  9. Just an fyi – “Jehova” is an invention of the Renaissance. It was not said by the biblical Hebrews for a few reasons. One – the name was never to be said at all. But two, the letters themselves as related to Moses, yod-hey-vav-hey or יהוה – are all consonants and are literally (not just dogmatically) unpronounceable on their own. When a Jew comes across the letters יהוה in text, they usualy say “Adonai,” so a Christian scholar took the first three vowels from that word
    – a, o, a, i – and added them to Y H V H – to create Y a H o V a H.

    tl;dr: this is covered in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

    https://www.etymonline.com/word/jehovah

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thank you for the explanation. God bless

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