Praise the Name of the Lord

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the Lord’s name is to be praised.

Psalm 113:3

The holidays are upon us, and I sincerely hope you will remember to praise the name of the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works on our behalf. To help you think of ways to bless God, let me remind you of some of His names and what these names mean.

El Shaddai = God almighty; God all-sufficient (Gen 17:1-2)

Adonai = Master; Lord (Gen 15:2)

Yahweh, or Jehovah = the self-existent One (Ex 3)

Jehovah Jireh = the Lord will provide (Gen 22:14)

Jehovah Rophe = the Lord who heals (Ex 15:22-26)

Jehovah Nissi = the Lord our banner (Ex 1:15)

Jehovah Shalom = the Lord our peace (Judges 6:24)

Jehovah Rohi = the Lord our shepherd (Psalm 23)

These are just a few of the names God uses to describe Himself in the Bible. If you want to learn more, I recommend reading 32 Names of God and Their Meaning. But first, take a few minutes to enjoy the song below as it too reminds us to praise the name of the Lord.

Photo taken near Bodie Island Lighthouse in Outer Banks, North Carolina, 2010

Completely Clean

The blood of Jesus Christ God’s Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7b

I rejoice in every opportunity I get to walk through a forest and surround myself with things God made, unsullied by man’s masterpieces. One such occasion arose several years ago, and just in time to see the gorgeous autumn colors in the Shenandoah mountains of Virginia. The color red appeared prominently nearly everywhere I looked, reminding me of the precious blood of Christ, which washes away our sin. Am I a sinner? Yes. (We all are.) But when God looks at me, He doesn’t see my sin; He sees the righteousness of Jesus Christ. I’m not perfect, but my sins are under the blood. I am completely clean before a holy God.

There’s a beautiful gospel song which talks about this very truth. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to enjoy it with me.


Photo taken in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, 2014