“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10 NIV).
How many names do you have? Most people have a first, middle, and last name. Some have a maiden name or a nickname. The depth of your relationship with someone may be indicated by how many of their names you know. For example, is he simply Mr. Smith? James Smith? Jimmy Smith? Or Jimmy “Hot Rod” Smith? Often, the more names you know, the more intimate the relationship.
The same is true of our relationship with God. The more of His names we know, the easier it is to develop an intimate relationship with Him. In fact, there are at least three blessings that come from knowing God’s names.
The first blessing is the more we learn about who God is and how He works, the easier it is for us to trust Him. When we learn what God says about Himself—and then see how He relates to us is consistent with what He says—our trust is affirmed and deepened.
The second blessing is the more we know the names and attributes of God, the more complete our picture is of God’s nature. Some people misunderstand who God is because they focus on one of His names or attributes to the exclusion of all others. For example, those who focus only on God’s characteristic of love often end up with an anything-goes god who tolerates sin. Others who focus only on God’s holiness create a fire-and-brimstone god who is unloving and unmerciful. God is love and He is holy. He is merciful and He is just. He is all these things and more. To truly know Him, we must learn all that He is—not just one or two characteristics that describe who we want Him to be.
The third blessing is that knowing how God describes Himself changes the way we pray. Instead of praying to an impersonal force in the universe, we are praying to our very personal God. Whatever the subject of our prayer—whether worship, thanksgiving, interceding for others, or asking for ourselves—there is a name or attribute God revealed which helps us relate to Him in that area.
How well do you know God’s names and attributes? How well do you want to know them? Get to know what God says about Himself and experience the blessings!