Names of God – Pt 11
First of all let me say I pray that you have a very blessed Good Friday and a joyous Resurrection Sunday! With that said let’s look at some more of the Names of God that are made real to us because of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Let’s start with…
(Psalm 54:1) – “Save me, God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your power.”
Jehovah Mephalti – “God Who Delivers” (Psalm 18:2)
What a powerful way to think of God’s Name or Names as we continue with this wonderful series on the Names of God. To think that His Name is the One that can and does save us. Also by His awesome Name He vindicates us from any guilt!
So as we move along with the Names of God found in Psalm 18:2 that we started with last week’s post, this one is perhaps the one we need more than any other… JEHOVAH MEPHALTI – GOD WHO DELIVERS (GOD OUR SAVIOR in some translations). If it weren’t for Him in His grace and mercy being willing to lovingly forgive us and cancel the debt for our sins we would have no hope. But He has delivered us, He has saved us because of His love for us He was willing to send His Son to do just that…to save and deliver us.
This brings us to Christ as JEHOVAH MEPHALTI – GOD WHO DELIVERS. If we will turn to Him and allow Him to have His way in our lives, He delivers us from sin, disease, loneliness, evil spiritual forces, bondage and addiction, trials and tribulations, persecution, fear, even from our own flesh and self, and finally, He saves us from death and hell! This does not mean that we will never encounter these but that He will give us wisdom, faith, strength and grace to be delivered in them.
All of this is perhaps captured no better than in Hebrews 3:1-11 and 4:1-12. Here we see the typology of Christ in Moses as he delivered the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt and this text compares and contrasts Christ as a much greater Deliverer. Christ is our Deliverer and the more we turn and surrender our lives completely to Him the more we will know the deliverance that He has freely given.
Jehovah Mishgabbi – “God Our (MY) High Tower” (Psalm 18:2)
As we look at this next Name of God we should be reminded that every day is a great day to remember all the things we have to be thankful for. These include our marriage and spouse (as applicable), children and family, church family, our country and freedoms, and most of all our forgiveness and salvation as we were just reminded of in the Name above. Let us be always thanking The Lord for His grace and mercy in Christ and His finished work on The Cross and out of The Tomb! PTL for Good Friday that we celebrate at the end of this Passion Week of Christ with a new beginning on Resurrection Sunday!
As we give Him praise and thanks for His gracious sacrifice and triumphant and total victory we acknowledge the next name that we find in Psalm 18:2 – JEHOVAH MISHGABBI – GOD OUR (MY) HIGH TOWER. Think about that…He is our refuge, protection, and fortress, a High Tower that nothing or no one can break through.
Thank You, Lord, as David proclaimed that You are all these things and You extend them to us by Your Name(s) because You love us! Proverbs 18:10 says it very plainly, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.”
Christ is JEHOVAH MISHGABBI – GOD OUR (MY) HIGH TOWER as in Him I find my place of security, refuge and protection from everything the world, the enemy and even my own flesh brings against me as I abide in Him as my fortress. This is where we run to not only to be safe but also to know that we are saved…and that is only in Christ (Romans 10:13; Acts 2:21). All who call on His Name by faith enter into that strong tower and are saved!
Where do you find your safety and security? How’s it working for you in these troubled times? Christ will never fail you nor fail to ultimately protect you, as His salvation and security are eternal!
Jehovah Eli – “My God” (Psalm 18:2)
First of all, before I share this third name in today’s post, I stated last week that there were four Names of God in Psalm 18:2…I lied! I didn’t mean to. I simply missed the reality that there are actually five names in this powerful passage.
There is yet another Name of God that we find in this text and I intentionally saved this one for the last as I believe His Holy Spirit wants us to know this Name and all it brings with it and that above all else…He is “JEHOVAH ELI – MY GOD.” He is the Creator of all that exists, without Him all would cease to exist; He is King of kings and Lords of lords, He is Omnipotent (All Powerful), Omniscient (All Knowing) and He is Omnipresent (Ever Present)…and yet He wants us to know that no matter what we face, He is “JEHOVAH ELI – MY GOD.” He is your God and my God, He is a very personal God and desires to share His love with us in a very intimate, one-on-one relationship!
He has made this totally available to all who believe in Christ, as He is “JEHOVAH ELI – MY GOD,” my very personal God! This is literally what this Name means. We can have a relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit because He is our very own, yours and mine – all who believe in Christ as personal Savior and Lord!
This is the entire message of The Bible as all of The Old Testament points to Christ as such and all The New Testament reveals Him as such…It is Christ’s sacrifice that makes this relationship not only possible but real and personal…we could have it in no other way, in this life and in Eternal Life to come (John 10:14-15; 17:3; 1 John 2:3). We can only know God through Christ as the Good Shepherd, the only way is through knowing Christ…God the Son whom The Father sent…and in keeping His commandments.
His Grace has freely given us, by our faith, the blessing to walk in this intimate loving relationship with ELI – OUR GOD. His Grace then empowers us to live out this relationship through our faith in loving obedience to Him. We don’t obey to be saved, made righteous, or have this relationship with Him…we obey because He has freely given His life so we can have this relationship. We obey in our walk with Him because He first loved us and saved us. This is how we love Him and others! That’s the story, the gift and the promise of The Cross and the power The Empty Tomb!
Love and Lordship…Food for Thought – Jehovah Mephalti is the “God Who Delivers” so, in Christ, what do you need deliverance from today? Jehovah Mishgabbi is “God Our (MY) High Tower.” Where do you run to find protection and security? You can have all of this because Jesus Christ has shown us and made it possible for us to be in a deep, personal relationship with Jehovah Eli – “My God.” He is your God and my God, the God of all who believe in Christ because of the price He paid that we celebrate and rejoice in this Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday!
Love and Lordship…Action Item –
- Read the Scriptures in this article and ask The Holy Spirit to teach you.
- Write down what each of the Names of God in this post mean to you.
- Who or what do you run to for deliverance and security? How has that worked for you?
- List the ways that you either know or would like to know God as your personal God. You can in Christ…
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