Names of God – Pt 17
“Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, because of Your truth.” Psalm 115:1
El Tellihati – God My Praise (Psalm 109:1)
Is it any wonder why David was called “a man after God’s own heart” as we see how He sought to know and express all the character of God through His Names in the Psalms? Is it any wonder that we are encouraged, refreshed, challenged, humbled and restored as we read through the questions, concerns, praises and thanksgivings offered in these Psalms?
This Name of God highlights this very posture of seeking after, knowing more, and expressing our praise to, God and is found in Psalm 109:1 as David calls Him “EL TELLIHATI – GOD MY PRAISE!” The reality of it is that David is showering praise upon God as He asks Him to take vengeance on his enemies. Literally he is entrusting his life to God, and praising Him as he trusts Him, to rightly deal with those that come against him.
We have that same assurance in Christ as “EL TELLIHATI – GOD MY PRAISE” as The One that we praise and give thanks to in any and every situation… Philippians 2:9-11…every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! It is also true that in and through praising Christ we are offering up continual praise and thanksgiving to God…Hebrews 13:15!
Are you seeking after The Lord with all your heart, i.e., a man or woman “after God’s heart?” No matter what you’re facing you can rest assured that Christ has paid the price and made a way so you can acknowledge Him as “EL TELLIHATI – GOD MY PRAISE” and do so by giving thanks and praise to Him at all times.
El Hashamayim – The God of The Heavens (Psalm 136:26)
We find this next Name of God in Psalm 136, one of the most well known Psalms because of the praise and thanksgiving that David lavishes on Jehovah God for all His goodness and faithfulness.
In v. 2 David praises God, declaring that He is the God of gods… there is no other. He spends the rest of this Psalm giving thanks for all that God has done, reminding us over and over of His faithfulness to His people.
He then closes in Psalm 136:26 by praising God again for who He is and calls Him “EL HASHAMAYIM – THE GOD OF THE HEAVENS!” In other words, David proclaims that He is the God of all creation and The Only One worthy of our praise. Almost as if He is saying, The Heavens declare your everlasting lovingkindness!
Christ alone as “EL HASHAMAYIM – THE GOD OF THE HEAVENS” is the God who is worthy of our praise as He is Lord of all creation, including our own very lives (1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:15-17).
Do you give to Him the thanks and praise due to the God of all creation…EL HASHAMAYIM – THE GOD OF THE HEAVENS? He alone is worthy and you will be blessed as you recognize and live out that praise due only to Him.
El Hakkadosh – Holy God (Isaiah 5:16)
As we have looked at the numerous revealed Names of God in Scripture, and in particular over the last several posts, focusing on all the Names revealed to and by David in the Psalms, I pray that you have known Him more and are loving Him more. David not only revealed the Names in which God expressed His perfect character to David and Israel (and all who would believe on Him) but he also reiterated many of the other names as they were revealed to Abraham, Moses, Hagar, Hannah, Joshua and others.
We now move to another mighty man and prophet of God, Isaiah, where we will find several more Names that reveal His awesome character and help us know and love Him even more.
In Isaiah 5:16 we find one of the most poignant Names of God, “EL HAKKADOSH – HOLY GOD.” Not only is He Holy…set apart, perfect, righteous and just in everything He does and in all that He Is but He calls us to be holy even as He is holy (Leviticus 11:44-45; 1 Peter 1:13-16).
However, His Word also tells us that we have all sinned and therefore cannot in and of ourselves be holy. Quite the predicament…BUT then there was Jesus who is our “EL HAKKADOSH – HOLY GOD” and who makes us holy as we believe and receive His free gift of salvation and then live out that salvation by His grace being made holy by His gift to us and becoming holy just as He Is (1 Corinthians 1:30).
For all who believe in Him, Christ has set us apart, sanctified us…made us holy just as He is holy!
Are you walking in the holiness you have freely received if you know Christ? Are you growing in that holiness that His grace and Spirit in and through you are empowering you to be…holy as He is holy? (1 Peter 3:15)
Love and Lordship…Food for Thought – God is El Tellihati – God My Praise and calls us to give Him all praise and glory. Are you living with Him, and giving to Him, as God My Praise? He is El Hashamayim – The God of The Heavens which literally means He is God over all as Author and Creator of it all. He is also El Hakkadosh – Holy God and He so desires us to know His Holiness that He sent His Son to make us holy so we could be in the presence of The Holy God! How awesome is that?
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.
- In what ways do you give praise and glory to God? List ways you see His Glory in your life and in all the heavens…all of creation?
- Journal the ways that you recognize God as Holy, how He has made you holy in Christ and what it means that He calls you to be holy?
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