Pastor’s Corner – What’s in a name?

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By Rev. Dennis Van Gorp

Family Life Christian Center

From Psalm 27,  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; He is the stronghold of my life.  When evil comes against me, when enemies attack me; they will stumble and fall. My heart will not fear and I will be confident.”

God has what are called, compound names.  They are descriptive of who God is and what He does.  These fit into this passage very well.  Jehovah-Tsidkenu means, the Lord our righteousness.  He has provided our salvation, keeping us safe from the effects of sin.

Jehovah-Nissi means, the Lord is my banner.  He covers me and protects me from whatever comes against me.  Jehovah-Shalom means, the Lord sends peace.  He calms my fears and frustrations, so that my heart and mind are free from anxiety.

Jehovah-Jireh means, the Lord provides.  Because He is the source of my provision, I do not have to live life without the necessities.  My job is simply one of the ways that God uses to provide for me.

Jehovah-Shammah:  the Lord is there.  Because He lives within my heart, wherever I go – He is there with me.  I am always surrounded by His presence.  In Joshua 1:5, He promised to never leave us nor forsake us.

David understood all this when he wrote Psalm 27.  He knew it because he had experienced that righteousness, protection, peace and provision through the Lord’s presence in his life.

Each one of us can live that very same lifestyle.  Just allow Jesus to be the Lord of your life and then live in obedience to Him.  Then, you can say with King David of Israel:  “I will be confident and my heart will not fear!”

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