Names of God – Pt 15
“But You, God, the Lord, deal kindly with me for the sake of Your name;” (Psalm 109:21)
El Chaiyai – “God My Life” (Psalm 42:8)
David in a Psalm in which he cries out reveals this Name of God in his absolute and utter need for God. Most of us may recognize the first couple of verses, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?”
That’s a dire need for God like we need water to live! In the middle of this Psalm in which David is thirsting for God, he calls Him “EL CHAIYAI – GOD MY LIFE” in Psalm 42:8. He realizes and shows us that God is ultimately all we need…our water, and our nourishment…our life.
Christ is “EL CHAIYAI – GOD MY LIFE” as He came to offer Himself to be our All in All, our Savior, our very Life as we see once again in John 10:10b and John 14:6. He is my Life, now and eternally, and I pray that You know Him as “EL CHAIYAI – GOD MY LIFE”…as your Life as well, both now and eternally!
Is He your Life? He can be. If He is, are you sharing His Life with others so they can know and have His Life!
EL MAUZI – “GOD MY STRENGTH” (Psalm 43:2)
We continue to build on the Names of God that reflect the character that is His Strength. Recently in Psalm 42:9 we were introduced to El Sali – God My Strength as it pertains to His giving us strength to endure and make it through the struggles and trials as we cry out to Him and receive that strength.
In Psalm 43:2, David cries out to God as “EL MAUZI – GOD MY STRENGTH and in this case His strength is not just the power to overcome or persevere through. The Strength of EL MAUZI is the revelation of His character as our Stronghold. We can come to Him, abide and rest in Him and know that His Strength provides complete security no matter what we’re facing.
This requires faith because often the circumstances we are dealing with tell us that we’re not safe and secure but by faith we can trust in “EL MAUZI – GOD MY STRENGTH” in this case, The One Who will surround and protect me. One translation beautifully states, “God, my only safe haven.” Don’t we all want that?
Christ is “EL MAUZI – GOD MY STRENGTH” as my stronghold as we see in 2 Corinthians 10:4 where Paul contrasts the worldly and spiritual strongholds in our minds/flesh, the world, and from the enemy, with us overcoming these by taking thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ. We literally choose obedience to The Truth that is Christ and we are secure in Him as our stronghold!
Our strongholds either consist of our flesh, the world and the enemy’s lies and deceptions…or they are found upon Christ, the only Stronghold that ensures our protection and that will withstand every onslaught of the enemy. Christ is “EL MAUZI – GOD MY STRENGTH!” None of the former will keep you safe. The only safe haven and stronghold is Christ!
This Name is about dwelling and resting in His Strength and in Him as our Stronghold! Who or what are you trusting and abiding in?
EL YESHUA TENU – “THE GOD OF DELIVERANCE.” (Psalm 68:19-20)
Isn’t it interesting that many, if not most, of the Names of God we can find in the Psalms written by David, a man after God’s own heart. In spite of his own sins and failings David continued to seek after God and God revealed Himself in so many ways to David.
Don’t you desire to know God and have Him reveal Himself to you in such a way? I do…and you can! So let’s be people who seek after Him with all our heart.
This next Name is found in Psalm 68:19-20 and is another Name that encompasses a lot for us. Here David, in proclaiming God as a God of victory and power over all His enemies, declares in this verse that He is “EL YESHUA TENU – THE GOD OF DELIVERANCE.” This includes victory over enemies, salvation from sin, restoration of brokenness and deliverance from any bondage and burdens! Do you believe that He is “EL YESHUA TENU – THE GOD OF DELIVERANCE” and can deliver, save, restore and redeem you from any sin or circumstance?
For those of us who know Him we know that He can because we know that Jesus is our Deliverance…He is “EL YESHUA TENU – THE GOD OF DELIVERANCE” in any and every situation. How awesome is that! PTL!
Here are 3 texts from the New Covenant in Christ that proclaim Him as “EL YESHUA TENU – THE GOD OF DELIVERANCE”… in Philippians 1:18-20 where Paul is literally writing from prison in chains and knows He will be delivered; in 2 Thessalonians 3:2-3 where Paul states to believers, because of their faith, that He knows they will be delivered from evildoers and those without faith; and of course, we have to return to the ultimate Deliverance in Christ in Matthew 1:21…His Name is Jesus and He came for the express purpose to deliver and save us from our sins! Praise and thanks to Jesus!
Love and Lordship…Food for Thought – El Chaiyai – God My Life as He is my very Breath and gives me Life. He is El Mauzi – God My Strength, in this case the only Stronghold that protects me from all others, even when I face them in the here and now. Finally, He is El Yeshua Tenu – The God of Deliverance, setting me free from every situation and struggle that I may encounter, ultimately delivering me from sin, death and hell! In Christ, every believer can know God as Life, Protection and Deliverance… Do you believe in Christ?
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.
- How has God in Christ given you life, protected and delivered you?
- How has any or all of these Names of God changed your life?
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