Boast in the Name of God

In Kay Arthur’s book, Lord, I Want to Know You, she asks, Where do we run for help? What’s our first instinct? Do we trust and boast in the name of God as our defender, or do we trust and boast in human strength?

I have to admit far too often my first thought when I face an overwhelming problem is to either try and solve it myself, or run to someone I feel can. While there are times when either of these actions may be the prudent thing to do, the problem I see is defaulting to humans before we seek God.

In biblical times chariots were a means of protection and escape. They were a measure of an army’s wealth and power. We don’t need to look further than the exodus account to see how useless Pharaoh’s chariots were against the power of Israel’s Jehovah-nissi when his people reached the Red Sea (Exodus 14).

While we don’t have chariots pulled by horses these days, far too often there may be things or people we trust and boast in perhaps more than we trust and boast in the name of God.

In her book Kay Arthur asks, “Why don’t we take an aggressive stand in the face of fear?” She suggests it is because we don’t trust and boast in the name of our God. She suggests we write down our fears, troubles, insecurities. As we consider our list, she says to ask God to show which of his attributes will meet that need.

Recording God’s attributes and names in a journal as I read through the Book of Psalms helps me see God as so much more than a single faceted divine being. The first attribute I recorded in my journal is filled with fierce fury against those who plot against him.

From there my list includes ruler of all nations, my shield, my only hope. God is the lifter of my head. That’s an attribute and name I boast in often.

God is righteous, the perfect judge, majestic, creator, everlasting, refuge, merciful. He is the helper of the helpless, father to the fatherless, healer, trustworthy, shelter in the time of storm, redeemer, strong and mighty in battle.

And that’s just the beginning.

In our time of trouble and need there is nothing better than to boast in the name of God. When we run to him in full trust, believing he is more than capable to do exceedingly more than we could ever dream, hope, or imagine, we find he alone is worthy to be praised.

I’d love to hear what names of God you boast in.

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Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God. Psalm 20:7 (NASB)

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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To Know Who God Is

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Much like any relationship, in order to know who God is, we need to spend time with him. We need to become familiar with who he is, his character, attributes and names.

When Pilot and I began dating we knew very little about each other. As with anyone, the more time we spent together, the more familiar we became. We discovered what we liked and what we didn’t. Little by little we learned more and more, until the day it became obvious we were meant to spend the rest of our lives together. I imagine that’s how it is with most relationships.

I have a habit of giving people multiple nicknames. It’s just something I do. Perhaps you do the same thing. Perhaps you know the people in your lives so completely you have various names to match their attributes and character.

But what about God?

Have we spent enough time with him to understand and know who he is, and the names that define his character and attributes?

One of the books in my To Be Read pile is Kay Arthur’s Lord, I Want to Know You. It is a devotional study on the names of God.

If we look in a Bible concordance we find reference after reference listing God’s attributes, character and names. Because I haven’t fully studied this subject to any great degree, I tend to limit God to only a handful of names.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, the more time we spend around someone, the more we know and are known.

I want to know God in a more complete way. I want to understand who he is to the fullest of my ability to understand.

In order to do that, I must take the time to be still. To listen. To discover who God truly is so I can worship him more fully and completely.

How about you?

Have you studied the names of God? If so, has it made a difference in how you worship him?

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“Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God. I am honored among all the nations. I am honored over all the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (VOICE)

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Sandy

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