Experiencing the Names of God


“Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’  Then what shall I tell them?”  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.  This is what you are to say to the Israelites.  ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:13

A few weeks ago I started going through the book Experiencing God, Youth Edition with my children and yesterday the lesson was such a good one that I thought I would share a bit of what the lesson had to say and then some of the things God laid on my heart to mull over in my own spiritual life and to expand upon with my children.

Henry Blackaby states:  “You will never be satisfied just to know about God.  Knowing God only comes through experience as He reveals Himself to you…Frequently when God reveals Himself to a person, the person gave God a new name or described Him in a new way. ..This is why we frequently see new names or titles for God following an event in which a Bible character experienced God.”

Have you ever taken time to think about what ways you could describe God or name God out of the experiences you have had with Him in your past?  I know I have gone through the list many times at different points in my Christian walk, and each time I have made the effort to go through the list, I am amazed at how much longer and more meaningful the names of God become to me.

I had a chance later in the day yesterday to talk with one of my sons about some of the difficult times he had had recently had and about how God was revealing Himself to him.  We discussed how difficult those times were, but we also went back to our lesson from that morning and talked about how God was working though his healing process to teach him more about Himself – a new experience and a new way to acknowledge and understand God.  When we are able to look at life from this perspective our darkest moments are not so dark anymore.  Instead, the perspective of seeing our past experience in light of a loving God who wants us to know Him more intimately becomes a moment to treasure in our hearts.

In my own life I have to admit it has been in the toughest of times that I have learned, through the adversity and the lessening of myself, to see God from an entirely new perspective.  They were not experiences I had originally desired to enter into, but in coming out of them I would not have changed them one bit because the other side afforded me the ability to understand another side of God I had only heard about before the experience.  

Below is a listing of some of the names God is given in the bible.  As I went through the list this morning, preparing to talk to my kids more about this subject later today, I made a quick note of some critical places in my life and the perspective God gave me of His character at each of those times.   

Here are just a few for example:
  • When I was struggling with depression I realized God as the “Light of life” and my “Savior”.
  • When my family was in the process of moving to our farm we realized God as “Faithful and True”, our “Confidence”, and our “Leader”.
  • When we went through the storm of fostering three special needs preschoolers in our home,  God was my “Sure Foundation”.
  • And when I pray and dig into God’s word He has the wonderful way of being my “Teacher”, my “Friend”, my “Comforter”, my “Hiding Place”, my “Mediator”, my “Bread of Life” – my “Life”.

I pray you will take time today to look though this list and discover the character God has revealed to you about who He is.  When we remember, we have all the more understanding of the great God we give our worship, our praise – our lives to.

  • ABBA.............................Romans 8:15
  • ADVOCATE.........................I John 2:1 (kjv)
  • ALMIGHTY.........................Genesis 17:1
  • ALPHA............................Revelation 22:13
  • AMEN.............................Revelation 3:14
  • ANCIENT OF DAYS..................Daniel 7:9
  • ANOINTED ONE.....................Psalm 2:2
  • APOSTLE..........................Hebrews 3:1
  • ARM OF THE LORD..................Isaiah 53:1
  • AUTHOR OF LIFE...................Acts 3:15
  • AUTHOR OF OUR FAITH..............Hebrews 12:2
  • BEGINNING.........................Revelation 21:6
  • BLESSED & HOLY RULER..............1 Timothy 6:15
  • BRANCH............................Jeremiah 33:15
  • BREAD OF GOD......................John 6:33
  • BREAD OF LIFE.....................John 6:35
  • BRIDEGROOM........................Isaiah 62:56
  • BRIGHT MORNING STAR...............Revelation 22:16
  • CHIEF SHEPHERD.....................1 Peter 5:4
  • CHOSEN ONE.........................Isaiah 42:1
  • CHRIST.............................Matthew 22:42
  • CHRIST OF GOD......................Luke 9:20
  • CHRIST THE LORD....................Luke 2:11
  • CHRIST, SON OF LIVING GOD..........Matthew 16:16
  • COMFORTER..........................John 14:26(kjv)
  • COMMANDER..........................Isaiah 55:4
  • CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL...............Luke 2:25
  • CONSUMING FIRE......................Deut. 4:24, Heb. 12:29
  • CORNERSTONE.........................Isaiah 28:16
  • COUNSELOR...........................Isaiah 9:6
  • CREATOR.............................1 Peter 4:19
  • DELIVERER..............................Romans 11:26
  • DESIRED OF ALL NATIONS.................Haggai 2:7
  • DOOR...................................John 10:7(kjv)
  • END....................................Revelation 21:6
  • ETERNAL GOD............................Deut. 33:27
  • EVERLASTING FATHER.....................Isaiah 9:6
  • FAITHFUL & TRUE........................Revelation 19:11
  • FAITHFUL WITNESS.......................Revelation 1:5
  • FATHER.................................Matthew 6:9
  • FIRSTBORN (3)........................................Rom.8:29,Rev.1:5,Col.1:15
  • FIRSTFRUITS............................1 Cor.15:20-23
  • FOUNDATION.............................1 Cor. 3:11
  • FRIEND OF TAX COLLECTORS & SINNERS.....Matthew 11:19
  • GENTLE WHISPER.........................1 Kings 19:12
  • GIFT OF GOD............................John 4:10
  • GLORY OF THE LORD......................Isaiah 40:5
  • GOD....................................Genesis 1:1
  • GOD ALMIGHTY...........................Genesis 17:1
  • GOD OVER ALL...........................Romans 9:5
  • GOD WHO SEES ME........................Genesis 16:13
  • GOOD SHEPHERD..........................John 10:11
  • GREAT HIGH PRIEST......................Hebrews 4:14
  • GREAT SHEPHERD.........................Hebrews 13:20
  • GUIDE..................................Psalm 48:14
  • HEAD OF THE BODY.......................Colossians 1:18
  • HEAD OF THE CHURCH.....................Ephesians 5:23
  • HEIR OF ALL THINGS.....................Hebrews 1:2
  • HIGH PRIEST............................Hebrews 3:1
  • HIGH PRIEST FOREVER....................Hebrews 6:20
  • HOLY ONE...............................Acts 2:27
  • HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.....................Isaiah 49:7
  • HOLY SPIRIT............................John 15:26
  • HOPE...................................Titus 2:13
  • HORN OF SALVATION......................Luke 1:69
  • I AM....................................Exodus 3:14, John 8:58
  • IMAGE OF GOD............................2 Cor. 4:4
  • IMAGE OF HIS PERSON.....................Hebrews 1:3 (kjv)
  • IMMANUEL................................Isaiah 7:14
  • JEALOUS..............................Exodus 34:14 (kjv)
  • JEHOVAH..............................Psalm 83:18 (kjv)
  • JESUS................................Matthew 1:21
  • JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD................Romans 6:23
  • JUDGE................................Isaiah 33:22, Acts 10:42
  • KING.................................Zechariah 9:9
  • KING ETERNAL.........................1 Timothy 1:17
  • KING OF KINGS........................1 Timothy 6:15
  • KING OF THE AGES.....................Revelation 15:3
  • LAMB OF GOD...........................John 1:29
  • LAST ADAM.............................1 Cor. 15:45
  • LAWGIVER..............................Isaiah 33:22
  • LEADER................................Isaiah 55:4
  • LIFE..................................John 14:6
  • LIGHT OF THE WORLD....................John 8:12
  • LIKE AN EAGLE.........................Deut. 32:11
  • LILY OF THE VALLEYS...................Song 2:1
  • LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH............Revelation 5:5
  • LIVING STONE..........................1 Peter 2:4
  • LIVING WATER..........................John 4:10
  • LORD..................................John 13:13
  • LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.....................Revelation 15:3
  • LORD JESUS CHRIST.....................1 Cor. 15:57
  • LORD OF ALL...........................Acts 10:36
  • LORD OF GLORY ........................1 Cor. 2:8
  • LORD OF HOSTS.........................Haggai 1:5
  • LORD OF LORDS.........................1 Tim. 6:15
  • LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS..............Jeremiah 23:6
  • LOVE.................................1 John 4:8
  • MAN OF SORROWS.........................Isaiah 53:3
  • MASTER..................................Luke 5:5
  • MEDIATOR................................1 Timothy 2:5
  • MERCIFUL GOD............................Jeremiah 3:12
  • MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT................Malachi 3:1
  • MESSIAH................................. John 4:25
  • MIGHTY GOD...............................Isaiah 9:6
  • MIGHTY ONE...............................Isaiah 60:16
  • NAZARENE.................................Matthew 2:23
  • OFFSPRING OF DAVID.......................Revelation 22:16
  • OMEGA....................................Revelation 22:13
  • ONLY BEGOTTEN SON........................John 1:18(kjv)
  • OUR PASSOVER LAMB........................1 Cor. 5:7
  • OUR PEACE................................Ephesians 2:14
  • POTTER...................................Isaiah 64:8
  • POWER OF GOD.............................1 Cor. 1:24
  • PRINCE OF PEACE..........................Isaiah 9:6
  • PROPHET..................................Acts 3:22
  • PURIFIER.................................Malachi 3:3
  • RABBONI (TEACHER)........................John 20:16
  • RADIANCE OF GOD'S GLORY..................Heb.1:3
  • REDEEMER.................................Job 19:25
  • REFINER'S FIRE...........................Malachi 3:2
  • RESURRECTION.............................John 11:25
  • RIGHTEOUS ONE............................1 John 2:1
  • ROCK.....................................1 Cor.10:4
  • ROOT OF DAVID............................Rev. 22:16
  • ROSE OF SHARON...........................Song 2:1
  • RULER OF GOD'S CREATION..................Rev. 3:14
  • RULER OVER KINGS OF EARTH................Rev 1:5
  • RULER OVER ISRAEL........................Micah 5:2
  • SAVIOR...................................Luke 2:11
  • SCEPTER OUT OF ISRAEL....................Numbers 24:17
  • SEED.....................................Genesis 3:15
  • SERVANT..................................Isaiah 42:1
  • SHEPHERD OF OUR SOULS....................1Peter 2:25
  • SHIELD...................................Genesis 15:1
  • SON OF DAVID.............................Matthew 1:1
  • SON OF GOD...............................Matthew 27:54
  • SON OF MAN...............................Matthew 8:20
  • SON OF THE MOST HIGH.....................Luke 1:32
  • SOURCE...................................Hebrews 5:9
  • SPIRIT OF GOD............................Genesis 1:2
  • STAR OUT OF JACOB........................Numbers 24:17
  • STONE....................................1 Peter 2:8
  • SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.....................Malachi 4:2
  • TEACHER...................................John 13:13
  • TRUE LIGHT................................John 1:9
  • TRUE WITNESS..............................Revelation 3:14
  • TRUTH.....................................John 14:6
  • VINE......................................John 15:5
  • WAY........................................John 14:6
  • WISDOM OF GOD..............................1 Cor. 1:24
  • WITNESS....................................Isaiah 55:4
  • WONDERFUL..................................Isaiah 9:6
  • WORD.......................................John 1:1
  • WORD OF GOD................................Revelation 19:13
 (This list is from http://smilegodlovesyou.org/names.html)

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