Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).
In the Old Testament, God revealed Himself through covenant names that reveal His loving heart towards us. Today and tomorrow, we will look at some of these covenant names through which God reveals His care and love towards us.
The Father is absolutely committed to our care. He calls Himself the Shepherd, Jehovah Raah in Psalm 23:1. We are His sheep. He has loved us enough to make an eternal covenant with Abraham and include us in it! His covenant care for us is guaranteed by God’s own integrity. As our Shepherd, God provides for our physical needs, watches over our journey of life, and delivers us from our enemies.
Another of His covenant care names is Jehovah-Jireh (found in Genesis 22:14) which means the Lord our provider. God provided the lamb of sacrifice in the place of Abraham’s son Isaac as Abraham walked up the mountain in obedience to God’s request of Abraham to give Him his only son in sacrifice. God’s provides what He requests from us. He meets all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!
God’s nature is wrapped up in His name El-Shaddai (found in Genesis 17:1; 28:1-4; Psalm 91:1), the giver and sustainer of life. This term has wrapped in it the idea of a mother who is the all sustaining force in a newborn baby’s life. She provides all the nourishment and care for that little child. The child is always safe and secure in the love of the mother. That’s how our Father God is to us!
The Father has revealed Himself to us as El-Elyon (found in Genesis 14: 18-23; Daniel 5:18; Psalm 83;18), the possessor of heaven and earth. It means that He is the Most High God! When things look bad and the enemy seems to be winning, don’t forget that our never changing God is El-Elyon, the MOST HIGH! We always win. Winning is our destiny! We are more than conquerors through Jesus!
The Father has revealed Himself as El-Roi, the One who sees. This is found in Genesis 16: 13-14. God saw Hagar, Abraham’s handmaid’s needs, and met her needs as she was alone in the desert after being kicked out of Abraham’s house. The Father sees everything about us and knows intimately every detail of our lives; the good, the bad, and the ugly. He know why we do what we do, and know how to minister to us in minute detail. He is El-Roi, the one who sees. Pour out your heart to Him and expect Him to help you. He cares!
The Father is Our Shepherd, our Provider, our Life Sustainer, the MOST HIGH, and He is the One who sees and knows all about us. Pour your heart out to Him today, and expect Him to meet you in today’s life details! I’ll continue this tomorrow.