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

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

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22 thoughts on “The Names of God

  1. 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.

  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

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

      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!

  6. 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

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

  7. 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

      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

  8. 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!

  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

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