When Name Calling Is A Good Thing
While looking at what others are reading in preparation for Easter this year, I decided to go back to some of my old "standbys"--books I have had for years that never get old to me.
One of those is "To Know Him by Name" by Kay Arthur with illustrations by Timothy Botts.
The name I want to share with you today is Jehovah Shammah--meaning "The Lord is There." It is from Ezekiel 48:35.
Dear friend, wherever we are today, the Lord is there.
from Psalm 139:
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you
It's difficult for our finite minds to grasp that darkness is as light to our God but we can believe it because His Word assures us it is so.
Wherever we are today, our God is there. Whether we are at the heights of joy or in the depths of despair, our God is there. And if God is there, He will meet our every need.
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Isn't it incredible that God has chosen us for His Spirit to reside in? Consider the instructions, the matchless materials and workmanship that went in to building the ark of the covenant and the temple to house the Spirit of God in the Old Testament. He has formed and made us with even more precision and more value.
Dear Jehovah Shammah, would you please be there today? There with each one who stops by to visit today--there, wherever their "there" is today. And I ask your blessings upon each and every one--knowing that you rejoice with the rejoicing and mourn with the mourning--wipe away each tear and save them in a bottle for the day when you will explain each one we have ever shed. Amen
from the New Living Translation of Psalm 56:8I encourage you today to do some name-calling--yes, call Him by the Names given Him in the Bible, claim the promises that Name invokes, and rest assured that He will not get His feelings hurt--He will be honored, glorified and magnified and will respond to our faith in His character exemplified by these matchless Names.
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
PHOTOS of calligraphy shared with permission of Timothy R. Botts.
edited from past pages
© all photographs and text property of Dianne Hogue unless otherwise noted