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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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My parents gave me the name David, which means beloved. They gave me the middle name Arthur, meaning strength. My last name is the family name Steen, derived from the name Steven meaning crown. I also have lots of other names that my family gives me such as honey, professor, dad, papu (grandfather), and even great grandfather, etc. Some names describe my role in life and some describe characteristics that I have, want to have, or characteristics my parents wanted me to have.

Names are all important. In order to begin a friendship, you first need to learn the name of someone and learn how to say it right.

God also has lots of names and His names describe His character. His name is above all names. “Let them praise the name of the LORD; for His name alone is excellent; His glory [is] above the earth and heaven” Psalm 148:13. Some of His names are: Elohim (God), El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty), Adonai (Lord and Master), Jehovah Shalom (The Lord is Peace), Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide) etc.

We can only imagine the scene from Exodus 34 because Moses was ordered to come up Mt. Sinai alone. It was there on the mountain that the Lord drew near to Moses and introduced Himself. Let’s listen. “The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty. . .’” Amazing. This is my kind of God. How wonderful He is. His character is what makes Him holy and set apart, which is why in the Lord’s prayer we are instructed to say, “Hallowed be thy name.” God’s name is so sacred that we should never take His name in vain (Neh. 9:5 and on).

In Proverbs 18:10 we read that “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” What power there is in the name of the Lord. “Satan trembles and flees before the weakest soul who finds refuge in that mighty name.” DA 130

“Lord, may I bring honor and glory to Your holy name today. Keep me in the strong tower of refuge of Your mighty name. Amen.”

David A. Steen
Professor Emeritus
Andrews University