Friday, December 26, 2008

IN THE PRESENCE OF JEHOVAH

Words and Music of Song Written by Geron & Becky Davis.


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Glorious melody, with a hopeful message of what the Lord offers us: an ever faithful friend who is with us in all our earthly pain, and troubles. He answers our prayers and provides for our emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.

Scriptural References the authors used for the song: (Phil. 4:6-8, 1 Peter 5:7, Romans 15:13)
Philippians 4
4:6
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
4:7 If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
4:8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.

Romans 15:13 So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lyrics:
In and out of situations / That tug-a-war at me / All day long I struggle For answers that I need / Then I come into His presence / All my questions become clear And for a sacred moment / No doubt can interfere.
Chorus: In the presence of Jehovah / God Almighty Prince of Peace / Trouble vanish hearts are mended in the presence of the King.
Through His love the Lord provided / A place for us to rest / A place to find the answers / In hours of distress / There is never any reason / To give up in despair / Just slip away and breathe His name / He will come and meet you there.
Chorus: In the presence of Jehovah / God Almighty Prince of Peace / Trouble vanish hearts are mended in the presence of the King.

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Today I am posting a lengthy post about Jehovah. I apologize in advance for the length of my post today, but it is something that the LORD has placed upon my heart.

Café Chat has asked us a question:
What is one thing you will commit to do in 2009 that will draw you closer to Jesus? (This is not a New Year’s Resolution)

I have been convicted by my LORD that I need to come before His presence more often. Not just those short, "Lord help me today..." prayers. But truly come before His presence and grab a hold of His garment and not let go!

To accomplish this, I have decided to do a study on the attributes of God... Jehovah and His names and their meaning. On Tuesdays I will post about an attribute or two of God. I believe that if I am reminded of his character, attributes...who He is... or who I AM is... then I will desired to come before His presence more often. I will want to cling to the hem of His garment and not let go!

So if you would like, join me on Tuesdays as I delve a little bit deeper into the attributes of our God... Jehovah.... I am looking forward to seeing what the Lord will reveal to me through this study. I am looking forward to getting more acquainted with my LORD God. An intimate encounter with my LORD and Savior! Let's get started with a little introduction!

Oh, by the way... anyone know how to make a button for this study? I would love to have a button to share concerning this study. Hint... Hint....

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Does God have a proper name?

Psalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is Jehovah, and exult before Him.

The prophet Isaiah records this declaration by God Himself...

I am Jehovah, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images." (Isa 42:8)

JEHOVAH - (YHWH) - (Or JHVH)

(Most Common name for God in OT = 6823x) Note that the 4 letters (tetra = 4) of YHWH are often referred to as the TetragrammatonVowels were added to the "Tetragrammaton" (literally "four lettered name")(Prior to 6th century Hebrew has no vowels - added to text AD 600-700)yielding the Name...YAHWEH ... which is most commonly transliterated (transcribed from one alphabet into corresponding letters of another alphabet)as...JEHOVAH

Note that when a Bible translation has LORD in all caps (actually capital L and small capital letters) it signifies...JEHOVAH

Note: Lord in lower case signifies...ADONAI
(Jehovah is the most sacred, holy Name of God for the Jews who had a great fear that they might pollute His holy Name and thus they refused to pronounce it (substituting Adonai) (they feared violating Ex 20:7). There was one exception on the great Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) when the high priest (and no one else) could speak "YHWH" as he entered the Holy of holies (cf Leviticus 16:1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 21, 32, 33, 34). When the Jews copied the letters Jehovah, they would stop transcribing when they came to YHWH and would remove their clothes, take a bath, put on clean garments and use a new unused pen to write this most venerated Name. How tragic to see God's Name taken in vain with such impunity on television and movies!

To the Jews Jehovah became a Name that kept God at a distance. But as the study of Jehovah reveals, to begin (and that is all finite men can do in regard to such an awesome Name used 6823 times) to understand the significance of YHWH is to learn to "run into" this great Name where you will discover truths about God's character that when applied will support you in trials and strengthen you to walk worthy of the Lord. May we learn like the Jews of old to adore and revere this awesome Name of our glorious God.

As an aside the name of Israel’s God was so sacred that the Jews would not speak it; therefore the original pronunciation was eventually forgotten. So we are not 100% certain how to pronounce YHWH, but YAHWEH is the best attempt.)

JEHOVAH - SELF-EXISTENT ONE (we will delve further into this at another date)

I AM = Hayah = to be, exist

Jesus amplified the "I Am" with seven great I AM revelations - the Bread of Life, the Light of the Word, the Door, the Good Shepherd, the Way, the Truth, the Life, Resurrection & the Life, the Vine (John 6:3 5; 8:12; 10:9, 11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5)

Hemphill writes that...
He is the One Who in Himself possesses life and permanent existence. He Alone!...God is the uncaused cause. He is the first cause and before Him there was no other and after Him there will be no other. Life is found in Him. He is the first cause that you may have been searching for all of your life. (Hemphill, K. Names of God)

God within His own being possesses theESSENCE OF LIFE.
The "IS-ness" of God is expressive both of His presence and His existence. He is in a sense in which no other being is. He is, and the cause of His being is in Himself. He is because He is.

Jehovah most clearly revealed Himself in a time of great need (read Exodus 3) for Israel was in bondage in Egypt and without hope from a human perspective. In response to their cry Jehovah revealed Himself as the I AM...

I AM...the answer to your affliction.
He still reveals Himself as Jehovah in our times of affliction and adversity.

Will you humble yourself and cry out to I AM?

JEHOVAH YOUR GUIDE

"I AM... your Guide"
Jehovah... "will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail." (Isaiah 58:11)

Spurgeon writes:
Not an angel, but Jehovah shall guide thee. He said he would not go through the wilderness before his people, an angel should go before them to lead them in the way; but Moses said, “If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” Christian, God has not left you in your earthly pilgrimage to an angel’s guidance: He Himself leads the van (Ed note: "I Am anything and everything you will need for your pilgrimage). You may not see the cloudy, fiery pillar, but Jehovah will never forsake you. Notice the word shall —“The Lord shall guide thee.” How certain this makes it! How sure it is that God will not forsake us! His precious “shalls” and “wills” are better than men’s oaths. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Then observe the adverb continually. We are not merely to be guided sometimes, but we are to have a perpetual monitor; not occasionally to be left to our own understanding, and so to wander, but we are continually to hear the guiding voice of the Great Shepherd; and if we follow close at his heels, we shall not err, but be led by a right way to a city to dwell in. If you have to change your position in life; if you have to emigrate to distant shores; if it should happen that you are cast into poverty, or uplifted suddenly into a more responsible position than the one you now occupy; if you are thrown among strangers, or cast among foes, yet tremble not, for “the Lord shall guide thee continually.” There are no dilemmas out of which you shall not be delivered if you live near to God, and your heart be kept warm with holy love. He goes not amiss who goes in the company of God. Like Enoch, walk with God, and you cannot mistake your road. You have infallible wisdom to direct you, immutable love to comfort you, and eternal power to defend you. “Jehovah”—mark the word—“Jehovah shall guide thee continually.” (Bolding added for emphasis -- from Spurgeon: Morning and Evening: Daily readings -December 27 PM)

Although originally given to Israel this promise is applicable to all of God's children for all are in covenant with I AM (Gal 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise. Jn 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, )

Jehovah Jesus is the same even when the world is spinning seemingly out of control (He is in control) and many times our lives seem to be out of control. We can take those "out of control" thoughts captive and can rest in the absolute Truth that I AM never changes. He is the same regardless of the times, circumstances, etc.

Jesus is the 'I AM' Who by His Spirit is active in empowering us for daily living and difficult circumstances. In the Greek "ego eimi" is present tense, signifying continuous activity. Whatever your present tense NEED, Jesus is the "I AM" provision for that need.

Do you know God as active in your life to overcome doubt or depression?
Do you know Him as the present tense answer to the healing of broken relationships?
Do you know Him as the God who can deal with your anger and resentment, as the God who can change your life?

He is the "I AM" who is active to transform and empower daily living. Whatever your present tense need, Jesus is the "I AM" of God.

He always WAS. He always IS. He always WILL BE. We all need Someone in this life Who will never change. We need someone Who is always there because we live in a day of broken relationships, when those we had trusted have betrayed us or forsaken us. Jehovah is the same, yesterday, today, yes and forever.

Why do we look elsewhere?
Why not rest in Jehovah's unchangeableness?
"I Am" has never failed.
Would He begin with me or you?
He cannot. He is Jehovah, the self-existent, covenant keeping, omniscient, compassionate God.

And so Isaiah can confidently declare...
"Trust in Jehovah forever, for in GOD the I AM, we have an everlasting Rock."
(Isaiah 26:4)

Jesus is Jehovah I AM anything & everything you will ever need. If this is true then I must make the daily choice to come into His presence, to cry out to Him, to listen to Him and then to trust His guidance.





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8 comments:

He And Me + 3 said...

I love that song, and I too want to be more committed to my prayer life & spending time with Jehovah in 2009. It is a MUST! Thanks for the words.

Denise said...

Beautiful sweetie.

Mocha with Linda said...

I hadn't heard that song in years. Beautiful!

shopannies said...

love that song and if we just hold strong to his garment then we will live a better less stressful life

Susan said...

Wow, what a beautiful song, and the lyrics, oh my...

I also reading your question and answer. I'm with you on being MORE COMMITTED in pray and the word.

Happy New Year!!

HisFireFly said...

Amen! One of the things I committed to was to learn more about Who He IS!

ktwalden said...

Love that song, too...there is nothing like being in His presence and feeling His mighty power and Spirit.

ozjane said...

Thanks for your visit to 'my place' and I have had a lovely time being side tracked by the humorous UTubes of the singer.
I did wonder when I saw her hair style if she was a comic. What an odd thought to creep into ones mind? Thank you for the introduction. I had not heard of the lady before. I almost cracked up on the 'weird things happen to me' utube.

Then I got back to Jehovah. I have a book of all the precious names of Jehovah and their meanings and dip into it over and over. Once I would have remembered more, now I have to go back. I have always loved the song El Shaddai....as one of the names of God.

I clicked this post

Do you know Him as the present tense answer to the healing of broken relationships?

and you did answer my point as I read on but sometimes I wonder if we put the emphasis too heavily on the fact that He is the answer to the healing......
Maybe it is the answer to working through the broken relationships as not all will be healed despite our prayers, fasting and waitng and I had to learn that God will not make the other person in the relationship into a puppet. take away their free will, just to answer my prayers. Sometimes we have to just work through that broken relationship to walk on as He leads us.
I am not being critical of your statement but trying to flesh it out I guess as when too much emphasis is put on the fact that God is faithful and He will heal all relationships and all diseases etc...the reality is often, not now. There is a time in eternity when those relationships will fade and we will have new bodies so He is the I am...to walk us through the path He has for us till then.
Hope this makes sense.
Look forward to following the Jehovah series.