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5Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.” —Jeremiah 23:5-6
Today we want to consider four of eight names of God that expand the title Lord in Scripture. In most Bible texts, Lord translates the Hebrew Yahweh (I AM), which God Himself introduced in Exodus 3:13-16. To that name various “magnifiers” were added along the way.
1. YHWH Tsidkenu = The Lord, our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5-6). In Hebrew, I am your righteousness is what that means. The Bible teaches that through faith in Jesus Christ we have the righteousness of Christ imputed to us. Our standing—our qualification—to come before a holy God is not our own performance. When God looks at you and me, He looks at us through the righteousness of Christ. We can pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” Yahweh Tsidkenu, You are my righteousness. You are the reason that I can come before You in prayer today.
2. YHWH M’kaddesh = The Lord, our Sanctification (Leviticus 20:8).
Leviticus 20:8 uses the title I Am the One who is changing you as God’s name. The Bible says that God is sanctifying you—if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, God’s working on you. You might not be what you should be, but you are not what you were! You can thank your Heavenly Father that He’s working on you.
3. YHWH Shammah = The Lord is there (Ezekiel 48:35). The book of Ezekiel ends with God’s name. It anticipates a time when Jerusalem will be known simply as the place where God dwells. But today we can pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Thank You that You are YHWH Shammah. That You are here with me!”
4. YHWH Shalom = The Lord, our Peace (Judges 6:24). Gideon built an altar and commemorated it to God—I Am is our peace. You may have been tossing and turning and back-and-forth wondering “How am I going to handle this?” Your heart is in turmoil. Well, you need to get alone on your knees and say, “Hallowed be Your name, my Father in heaven, You are the Lord, my peace. I don’t need to get out of bed every morning and make it all work. You are the One who makes it all work. You are my Peace.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your names touch every part of my life. Your names form a strong tower of protection around me, bringing peace, righteousness, sanctification in Your presence always. Thank You, Father, for allowing me to benefit from all that You are! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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