God’s Name

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe”. (Proverbs 18:10 NIV)

Scripture is filled with passages encouraging us to call upon the name of the Lord. Psalm 18:3 says “I call to the Lord who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.” I have many enemies. These enemies are not physical human beings, but rather thoughts and feelings that rob me of my faith and joy in God.

The enemies of fear, worry, anger, depression, and many others draw me away from believing that God is truly good and in control of my life. At times, these feelings are natural human responses, but Satan knows how to use them in such a way that they become enemies to my spiritual and physical well-being.

God has many names in Scripture and I have found it helpful to speak them. I may praise him for being my Elohim (Creator) when I am able to enjoy the beauty of this world. I may cry out for him to be my Jehovah-sabaoth ( Lord of Hosts) when I need his protection against the attacks of Satan’s lies. When I feel abandoned and hopeless, he is my El Roi (the God Who Sees). I continually ask him to be Jehovah-rapha (Healer), and above all he is my Savior. God’s name is powerful. It is a strong tower – a place of safety and refuge.

Just as I know God’s name, he knows mine: “He calls his own sheep by name” (John 10:3). How wonderful that we each have such an intimate relationship with our Lord! He knows our name and our every need before we even ask. And how comforting to know that regardless of how often we call his name, he always hears our cry.

Prayer: Lord, your Word says that because you love me, you will rescue me and protect me because I know your name. When I call, you will answer (Psalm 91:14,15). Thank you for those wonderful and comforting promises. Help me to believe those promises today. Amen.

Bronlynn Spindler is a wife and mother of three grown daughters and lives in Fredericksburg, VA. She struggles with chronic back pain, depression, headaches, and fibromyalgia. You may contact her at spindler@cox.net.