“I will protect him because he acknowledges My name.” Psalm 91:14 (NIV)

The word “acknowledge” actually means to know, which is how many other translations put it. This is not a casual recognizing, or simply speaking out in a time of need. With an intimate “knowing” there is an ability to call out to Him in our times of trouble or need, as well as at any other time. Knowing His name, actually means knowing His names, and this refers to knowing who He is! I have heard that when Jesus taught His disciples to pray He actually said, “Father in heaven, hallowed be Your names…” (Matthew 6:9). Here are some of His names. Please linger in them and use them as launch pads for prayer. Come back to this regularly and get to know His names…

You are Yahweh, the God who reveals Himself. This was the Hebrew name revealed to Moses, which at its core means “to be” and ultimately “I am!” You called Yourself the “I am the LORD!” (Exodus 6:2-3).

You are Elohim, the Sovereign, mighty Creator. You are my source of power and might. You are more powerful than any other thing or person and You are on my side. Since You are for me, who can stand against me (Romans 8:31)?

You are Jehovah, the unchangeable, intimate God. LORD, You are the same yesterday, today and forever. You never change, and Your love for me will never diminish. You are the God of eternity. Please use everything in my life as an opportunity to bring glory to Your name!

You are El Shaddai, the all-sufficient and powerful One, God Almighty. God You will do what You purpose to do and no opposition can stop You! You overpower and overwhelm all Your enemies. You are more than enough.

You are Adonai, my Lord, Owner and Master. I surrender and submit myself to you. I am Your servant, and Your will is my desire. I will obey You!

You are Jehovah Jireh, the LORD my provider (Genesis 22:14). You are all I need. You supply all my needs, and in You I have all I need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Your greatest provision is Your Son, Jesus Christ, who provided me the way to eternal life and relationship with You!

You are Jehovah M’Kaddesh, the LORD who sanctifies (Leviticus 20:7-8). You are holy and You work holiness in those who follow You. Thank You Lord for making me holy and continually drawing me up your holy hill (Psalm 24)!

You are Jehovah Nissi, the LORD my banner of victory (Exodus 17). You are a mighty warrior, who never tires or loses. You are my banner in times of weariness. In You I can walk and not get tired, run and not grow weary (Isaiah 40:30-31). You alone give me victory!

You are Jehovah Rophe (or Rapha), the LORD my healer. You are the God who heals! You mend me, fix and repair me, and restore me to wholeness (Exodus 15:22-26). And I thank You, that by Your infinite wisdom You heal when and however You deem best! I will trust You, even as I hold on to the promise that You heal all my disease (Psalm 103:3).

You are Jehovah Shalom, the LORD my peace and wholeness (Judges 6:23-24). You are the God of completeness, of harmony and absence of strife. Father, You are my peace in this day of conflict. I acknowledge that peace is not the absence of conflict, but Your presence in the midst of it.

You are Jehovah Tsidkenu, the LORD our righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6). The LORD is my righteousness like no other creature ever could be. Jesus Christ became sin for me so that I could become the Righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). In my confession and repentance, I have been cleansed of my sin and made right before You because the cross He bore for me. Thank You!

You are Jehovah Rohi, the LORD my Shepherd (Psalm 23). You take care of me as one of Your sheep. You watch over me, feed me, guide me and lead me throughout this life. I am never far from You and/or Your protection!

You are Jehovah Shammah, the LORD is there (Ezekiel 48:35). Father, You are always present and attentive to my needs. Some day You will make Your dwelling with men (Revelation 21:3) and we will be with You forever! Prepare me for that day!

You are El Elyon, the God Most High (Genesis 14:18-20). You always have the last word, and that word is always victory! You are the LORD of heaven and earth. Though there is no higher God than You, You have made a way to know You and ultimately to dwell with you in heaven!

You are Jehovah Sabaoth, the LORD of Hosts (Psalm 80:19). You rule over vast multitudes of angel armies. You never sleep, nor slumber, and Your angelic hosts are always instantly obedient to Your Word. Father, command Your heavenly army to accomplish Your purposes in this very hour on the earth! And I thank You for commanding them concerning me (Psalm 91:11).

You are Jehovah Makkeh, the LORD who holds me. You protect and defend those who keep their hearts open to You. Jesus, You didn’t come to break our hearts, but to mend them (Luke 4:18). But sometimes this requires discipline (Hebrews 12:5-11) and deeper heart surgery. You are the LORD who “smites” those who ignore Your word (Ezekiel 7:9).

You are Jehovah Gmolah, the LORD who rewards and recompenses. You always reward or recompense us according to the choices we make, good or bad (Ephesians 6:8, Psalm 62:12). You are faithful to always allow us to reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). Following You provides the richest rewards possible, as such, we are given the ability to shape history (Hebrews 10:35, 11:6)!

You are Jehovah Elohay, the LORD my God, whom I can call upon to deliver me from trials. Though You are the God of all Your people, You have given me exclusive privilege to call You my very own (Exodus 20:2). I can say with absolute confidence that I am Yours and You are mine (Psalm 31:14).

You are El-Elohe-Israel (Genesis 33:20), the personal, Mighty God of Israel, whom I can call on to deliver myself and my loved ones from fiery trials.

You are Jehovah Eloheenu, the LORD our God. You are the One whom we call on when the body of Christ is under attack.

Wow! And that is just a sampler! Our God is truly an awesome God! He is omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (all powerful), omnipresent (everywhere all the time), infinite (without limit or boundaries), eternal (always was and always will be the same), holy (something we truly don’t understand, but He is totally other, set apart), just (there is no injustice in Him, and His justice will happen just as He wants it) and absolutely good (there is no trace of evil intention in Him) and many more. May it be your life’s quest to “know” your God!

BTW, I found most of these definitions in Marilyn Hickey’s great book, The Names of God. I highly recommend it!!!