Do You Know His Name?

Psa 9:9-10
9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

What does it mean to know the name of the Lord? I think it means several things.

1) When you know someone more intimately (as opposed to as a passing acquaintance), you know their name; it is a sign of some level of relationship. One of the things that used to bother me in my marriage was that my husband rarely used my name. To this day, he basically just starts talking and I’m supposed to know he is talking to me. I, on the other hand, usually preface my conversations with him by saying his name, to let him know I’m talking to him.

However, when he DOES say my name, it means something, normally that he is being playful or affectionate. Saying my name (especially my middle name, which no one uses) is a sign of our having a special and intimate relationship. Hearing my name spoken in some way makes me feel more important to someone.

2) God has many names which reflect His different qualities, actions and characteristics. To know any of God’s names means you have experienced an encounter with Him that related to that particular name.

When you have experienced God meeting your need, you have known Jehovah Jireh. When you have experienced God’s healing, you have known Jehovah Rapha. When you have experienced God’s righteousness washing away your sins, you have experienced Jehovah Tsidkenu. You can personally refer to those names of God because you have experienced firsthand the truth and meaning behind those names, or in faith you believe Him to be those things which His Word says He is, and to do those things which He has promised.

Therefore, it makes sense that if we have an intimate relationship with Him where we have experienced for ourselves the truth of His provision, healing and righteousness, we will trust Him more, and continue to seek Him. Here are some more names of God; which of these names or characteristics have you personally experienced?

El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
El Elyon (The Most High God)
Adonai (Lord, Master)
Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
El Olam (The Everlasting God)
Elohim (God)
Qanna (Jealous)
Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

Penny Haynes