“If you want to know God, you must be willing to have your heart broken as His was.” That would be me I thought. My heart was already broken. The challenges our family faced during a turbulent, stormy season threatened to tear us apart. I needed to hear those challenging words from the minister and I left the chapel that day with a desperate heart cry. “Lord I want to know You”.
A couple of days later, I stood in a bookstore staring at a book. The beautiful floral cover caught my attention—The title captured my heart. There it was…the very prayer I had prayed a few days before.
“Lord I Want to Know You”–Kay Arthur.
Hope soared as I opened the pages to the *book and ministry that literally changed my life and the life of my family. Within its pages I found the place to run for comfort, hope, and encouragement. I also found a Secret and Sheltered Place…a Place of Security and Peace…and a Place of Protection and Promise. Finally I found a Shield of Truth that continues to guard my heart and protect my mind today.
To God be the Glory! I am so grateful for the things He has done in my life and the life of those who call on His name.
What a joy to continue our study of Psalm 91 with my dear friend Jamie Britt. Last week, Jamie blessed our hearts as she shared about “A Sheltered Place”…under the shadow of God’s Wings (See last week’s post).
This week we dig a little deeper into this classic psalm written down that we may learn to know God in a deeper way.
Moses the man of God, and David the man after God’s own heart, called out to God in the deserts of their days—when they needed protection from predators, pandemic diseases and plagues. They knew His promises and they revealed His character as they spoke and wrote about His name.
Reading from Psalm 91: 3-4 (NET).
A. It is He Who:
1. takes you away from the trap
2. and from the killing sickness
3. He will cover you with His wings
4. and under His wings you will be safe
B. He is faithful like:
1. a safe covering
2. and a strong wall
These verses record just a few of the many promises and attributes of God. There are more to come, but today let’s focus on the Hebrew names of God in Psalm 91.
Who is He who promises all the benefits above? What is His name? Below is a list of just four of the Hebrew Names of God. There are many more.
1. God—El-ohim, Creator
In the beginning God created the heavens and earth (Genesis 1:1).
2. God Most High—El-Elyon, Sovereign Ruler of the Universe
The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all (Psalm 103:19).
3. Almighty God— El-Shaddai, Powerful Breasted One
I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as El-Shaddai—’God Almighty’ (Exodus 6:3a).
4. LORD—YHWH-Jehovah, Self- Existing One
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH
is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation (Isaiah 12:2).
Where do you run when the stormy seasons of life threaten you and the ones you love?
Have you found that place of security and rest under the shadow of El-Shaddai’s wings?
If you have yet to experience the overshadowing love of God, I encourage you to call out His Name. To learn more about how God manifested His love towards all who call on Him, click here: How To Have Peace With God .
Jamie, that’s all I have to share today. Would you share a prayer with us?
Jamie’s prayer: Father, thank You for giving us that sheltered secure place to run to during times of distress and trouble. When the storms of life come so suddenly, we feel as though we’re sinking. Thank You for showing us that if David,who was a man after Your own heart could run and seek refuge from you Lord…so can we. Thank You for giving us that access to not only come to you… but to come boldly. Help us run to…and not away from You in our time of need. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Jamie and I would love to hear from you! Please share some benefits of resting under the Shelter and Shield of God’s Wings on the comment section below.
*To order or learn more about the book of the Names of God, “Lord, I want to know You”…. And the ministry behind the book, contact http://www.precept.org
To contact Jamie Britt click: http://www.encouragingwomen-strength.blogspot.com