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The Great and Awesome God

Psalm 18:7-15

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can also download our service at Baptist-Christian at iTunes. This week we are looking at the third name Nehemiah uses in addressing God. Remember, every name God uses reveals something about Him to us. We must also remember God doesn’t just have, or God isn’t just power, love, holiness, mercy and so on; He IS all those things – infinitely! Let’s start with

  1. THE MEANING OF THE NAME! Herbert Lockyer says, “Among all the divine names none is so sublime and solemn as this one.” This is really a compound name, but is most often translated Jehovah – The Eternal, Ever-loving One. It’s also the name of four letters –JHVH. It is the most sacred and feared of all the names of God. It is said that it was uttered only by the High Priest, then only once a year in the Holy of Holies. H. E. Govan says, “This name, JHVH, in all its significance is God’s memorial name, God’s forget-me-not.” Since entire books have been written on the meaning of this name, you see I’m only introducing the meaning.
  2. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NAME! In Rev. 1:8 God tells us He is the God Who always was, always is, and always will be. James 1:17 teaches He is the God in Whom there is no changing or variableness. In a day when almost everything is changing and volatile it is reassuring to know that God is Rock solid, unmovable, always the same! This name also means God’s covenants are as strong, stable, trustworthy, durable and eternal as He is. This name should take away all uncertainty and anxiety that God’s covenant relationship might not work with you. This name assures you they will!
  3. OUR RELATIONSHIP TO THIS NAME! Psalm 18:7-15 reveals the great and awesome power that is God! Now read verses 16-19. Those verses reveal how God uses that power in/on your behalf. Stop and think about that! By the way, verse 17 is further explained in Eph. 6:12. The name Jehovah first appears in Gen. 2:4 when God starts talking about Man. It reveals the special relationship God has to Man as the only part of creation that is created in His image and likeness. That means we can reason and choose to fellowship with God. Jehovah is also Righteousness and Love. That means our relationship to Him is grounded on these two (and many more) attributes. Therefore, we must be righteous and loving in our own life toward others if we want God to be such in ours. The NT teaches that whatever we want God to be to us, we must first be to others! All the names of God we’ve studied so far teach us that He is able to make us that way, so He can provide for us all of whatever we need Him to provide. We must live in 2 Cor. 12:9 and get “us” completely out of the way so God can work His mighty power through us. The question is, are you willing to give up whatever it is in your life that is keeping you from receiving all that Jehovah God has for you? You might ponder the question – How will you explain “no I’m not ready” to Jehovah Who is also your Judge?

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