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I Am Who I Am

September 4, 2017


I Am Who I Am

God has many different names  throughout the Bible.     Each name of God  tells us something  about Him  and tells something about our relationship  to God.     The two names used the most often  in the Old Testament  are LORD  and Lord.

When LORD is all  in capital letters,  it is the English translation  for Jehovah,  which means “the existing One”  or  “the eternal One”.     So,  when the Bible says ”LORD”,  it is addressing  the one and only  eternal God.     Because He is  the one  and only eternal One,  He is the one  and only Almighty,  the one  and only Creator  and Sustainer.

The name “LORD” shows a reverent acknowledgment  of who God is.

When the people thought  of the “LORD”,  who is eternal,  they also thought  of themselves  in relation  to Him.     We have all been created  in time  and live here  on earth  for only a short time span.     Acknowledging  that the LORD  is the eternal Almighty One  also acknowledges  our weaknesses  as His creation  and how we must depend  on the LORD  for our every need.

One example  of the use  of the name LORD  is found  in Exodus 3:13-15.      Here Moses was being sent  to the enslaved people  of Israel  when they served the Egyptians.

Then Moses said  to God,  “Behold,  I am going  to the sons of Israel,  and I shall say  to them,  ‘The God  of your fathers  has sent me  to you.’     Now they may say  to me,  ‘What is His name?’     What shall I say to them?”

And God said  to Moses,  “I AM WHO I AM”;  and He said,  “Thus you shall say  to the sons  of Israel,  ‘I AM has sent me  to you.’”

And God,  furthermore,  said to Moses,  “Thus you shall say  to the sons of Israel,  ‘The LORD,  the God  of your fathers,  the God of Abraham,  the God of Isaac,  and the God of Jacob,  has sent me  to you.’     This is My name forever,  and this is My memorial name  to all generations.”

When God  is called “God”,  that is an English translation  to say  He is our Ruler,  Judge,  and the true God.     Anything else people might think of  as a “god”  can only be an idol,  because there is no other  real God.

When God says His name,  “LORD”,  is to be  His memorial  forever,  He is saying  that the fact  that He is the one  and only eternal One  is something  that should never be forgotten.     His name  is His memorial.

Many times the Bible calls the LORD “Lord”.     When only the “L” is capitalized,  it is a translation  of the Hebrew word,  “Adonay”.     That Hebrew word means  a lord,  who is a ruler.     Even today  in the government  of England,  they have lords.     Those lords  rule over certain areas.

When the Bible calls the LORD “Lord”,  it is a Jewish way  of showing reverence  for the fact  that the Lord rules  over us.     One example  of that is  in Psalm 38:9,  where David says,

Lord,  all my desire  is before You;  and my sighing  is not hidden  from You.

Here David is telling God  that He is “the Ruler”,  who knows all  of his desires  and sighings  in this life.     We,  also,  need to think  of God  as our Ruler  every time we pray.     A ruler is someone  who has to be obeyed,  so all  of our prayers need  to be said  with an attitude  of obedience  towards our Lord,  our Ruler.

It is good  for us  to think  about the names  of God  when we pray,  worship,  and speak.

As we daily remember  who our LORD is,  we can say,  “Hallelujah!     Our LORD is  the one  and only Almighty,  and He knows me  and loves me.”



A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.



The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4


Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13


O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3




Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12








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