by Sarah Bryant & Mrs. Donna Morgan
“Glory ye in his holy name:
let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.”
Dear Sisters in the Lord,
How are you doing this new year? It is amazing to think that one month of this year has already vanished. Time is a gift that cannot ever be recaptured – it is a gift that we must invest in, as it slips through our fingers. In just a few short days we will stand at the brink of this earthly life and will stand at the entrance of an eternity with Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. James 4:14 asks,
“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.
For what is your life? It is even a vapour,
that appeareth for a little time,
and then vanisheth away.”
The things of this world will vanish and fade, but Jesus will last forever. What a day that will be when we can see Him face to face! Our God is good and is worth seeking with all of our heart. Lamentations 3:25 beautifully says, “The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.”
What do you seek this new year? Psalm 84:11 promises,
“The LORD God is a sun and shield:
the LORD will give grace and glory:
no good thing will he withhold
from them that walk uprightly.”
The Lord choses to withhold no good thing to those who earnestly seek Him, and the rewards of knowing Him are untold. He is an incredibly good God, one that surpasses our highest imaginations. Last year, as I read through the Bible, I made a list of the character of God displayed through His dealings with His people. As I reread this list recently, my heart filled with wonder! Think of all the most incredible, wonderful traits you can imagine, and then multiply that by a million – and that is our God. He’s beyond imagination; His mercy is unspeakable, undeserved, and His love will never be separated from us (Romans 8:35)!
We can never exhaust the wonder of God, even if we were to spend a thousand lifetimes seeking out His depths. A wonderful Bible mentor recently shared with me a short study she wrote of the meaning of the “Name of the LORD.” It blessed me so much that I wanted to share it with you. Every name of our God is filled with beauty and lessons to behold. May your heart be blessed as you revel in the wisdom of God before the beginning of time.
Mrs. Donna Morgan
In Exodus 3:15, God revealed His name to Moses that He intended to go down in infamy in regard to who He is.
“And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
He is the One who is ready to fulfill his promise to Abraham in Genesis 15:13-14 to deliver the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt. He would bring about that deliverance in the face of many obstacles by His mighty power. He would defeat every false god of Egypt along with the governing power of Egypt and its vast army.
Psalm 83 calls for God, the LORD, to conquer His enemies for one purpose. “That they may know that Thou alone, whose name is The LORD, art the Most High over all the earth” (verse 18). This word that is rendered as “LORD” in the Scriptures means “I AM” (Exodus 3:13-14). This word is derived from the Hebrew verb “to be.” This means He is the self-existing One. He, alone, is God. He, alone, has always existed and will always exist.
In Hebrew, each letter has a word-picture associated with it. The Hebrew letters for the name are transliterated into English as: “YHVH”, from the letters: “Yod, Hei, Vav, Hei.” When you look at the meaning of each letter within the name, the memorial is revealed:
Yod = Hand
Hei = Behold
Vav = Nail
Hei = Behold
“Behold the hand, behold the nail.”
The wounds of the cross had been revealed in the LORD’s Memorial Name long before the nails pierced His hands and feet. His Name is a memorial to the suffering He endured to set us free. His memorial name will stand forever in the person of Jesus Christ.*
Note: Walk Through The Bible, Aaron Robin
“And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
This one look at the name of our LORD is unspeakably beautiful! To know that God, in the very title He gave Himself, fortold the Gospel – the sacrificial Lamb Who would be given as a sacrifice, Jesus Christ – this is so amazing! It is my desire to encourage you to seek the Lord, to delve into His truths, and to know His innumerable character traits through the Word this year. Stand in awe of His glory and His wisdom and His love. Be enraptured by Christ. This alone will transform your life, for 2 Corinthians 3:18 says that as we do, “We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” You shall be transformed by His glory as you gaze into His face!