Friday, February 16, 2007

What is His Name?

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and they are saved." Proverbs 18:10 KJV

I’m sure you haven’t heard of anyone running into a strong tower lately; a strong storm or a water tower maybe. The King James Version is a bit awkward for many, yet I’m still partial to it. For those unaccustomed to the 1611 English, I offer the New Living Translation. “The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.”
Additionally the Amplified Bible clarifies what is meant by “the righteous”. It adds consistently upright and in right standing with God.

Throughout the book of Proverbs we read of the Lord as a deliverer, rock, shelter, and hiding place. Our text is the only reference in Proverbs to the “name of the Lord” being a place of safety. The “name of the Lord” is the writer’s way of speaking of the total character of God. One has only to look to the Patriarchs of Old to find the names of God. Each reference to a name of God is given as a reflection of God’s character in the circumstances faced by the Patriarch.

With Abraham we can say, Jehovah Jireh is my provider. In the book of Exodus, Moses declared Him as Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our banner. Again, we must transition from the KJV to a modern application of this title. Simply put, the Lord leads us victoriously in battles, trials, temptations, and all confrontations with the enemy. The list of the names of Jehovah includes many more that we may deal with on a later date.

The “Name of the Lord” is His reputation. He has never failed. He will never fail. He has never lied. He will not lie. He has never left the “righteous” begging for bread. He has and always will supply. What He has promised, He has always delivered. When we run headlong to Him with our arms reaching for Him, He meets us with arms that are strong enough to carry us all the way through whatever trial we are facing. Truly we are safe in His care.

Originally posted as PT 2006 11/01/06


An Ordinary Christian said...

We are truly safe in His care!

Delia said...

I love knowing that we can run to Him and be safe.

C. H. Green said...

Enjoyed this post, sis.

Anonymous said...

Reminds us that he is strong when we are weak.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Granny B

Praying for your Prodigal said...

This is a vital matter the translation! I love it!

And....I love favorite translation is just a click away!


Shash said...

His name is above all names, nothing is greater - anywhere or at anytime. Nothing is too big for Him!! Everything, even every disease, must bow to His name.

There's a song we sing at church that I love that talks about this, it reminds me of how great is our God.

C. H. Green said...

Okay have you abandoned us already? Time for a new post.

Heather Smith said...

Amen! I love the names of God in the Old Testament. It's amazing to see how God brought His people through so many things. And to know that the same God who was with them, is with us today!!

Godzheart said...

Amen and Amen. In ancient times, the name of a person told a lot about his character and meant the person's personality was described through their name. And sure our God "is" what His name means.

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