What’s Your Favorite Name for God?

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Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
he is the King of glory! Selah
Psalm 24:9-10

Some commentators believe that this is David’s song as he brought the ark of the covenant from Obed-edom to Jerusalem, 1 Chronicles 15:5. David danced and rejoiced as he led the procession singing and praising the King of glory, the LORD of hosts.

Did your parents search for just the right name for you before you were born? Did they give you a nickname? Mine was “Missy.” Can you guess why my Daddy named me that?

Hint: Miss Priss.

Did you know that our presidents have Secret Service code names? Ronald Reagan’s code name was “Rawhide,” Britannica. Matched his character, didn’t it?

You might say that we call God by his attributes and characteristics.

  • Yahweh, The Existing One
  • El Shaddai, All Sufficient One
  • Yahweh Shalom, The Lord is Peace
  • Jehovah Rapha, God Your Healer
  • Everlasting Father
  • Prince of Peace
  • Mighty God
  • Wonderful Counselor
  • Savior
  • Redeemer
  • King of Glory
  • King of Kings
  • Lord of Hosts

Jehovah Sabaoth, Lord of Hosts or Lord of Heaven’s Armies, appears more frequently for God in the Old Testament than any other name for God. It means “that which goes forth or goes out to war.” BlueLetterBible.org

God led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery, over the dry ground of the Red Sea, through the wilderness, on the dry ground of the Jordan River, around the walls of Jericho, and into victorious battles.

Always leading. Always present.

Jesus is always present with His followers. He promised that He would never leave us or forsake us, Hebrews 13:5.

Yet, we leave His ways when we sin.

Jesus, our Savior, came into the world the first time as a Servant to take our sin upon Himself and pay the price for our sins.

He wrestled with death, hell, and Satan, alone. Alone he rose from the dead: alone, as far as man could see, he went up to heaven. Thus he showed himself “the Lord mighty in battle,” mighty in that single combat which he, as our champion, our David, victoriously maintained against our great enemy. But when he shall come down and go up the second time, he will show himself “the Lord of hosts.” Instead of coming down alone in mysterious silence, as in his wonderful incarnation, he will be followed by all the armies of heaven. C. H. Spurgeon

Our Lord of Hosts is the King of Glory, the “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:16

Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
he is the King of glory!

Lord of Hosts, King of Glory, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, we rejoice as David did. We sing praises to You, for You are mighty and powerful. You are the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and You are our Lord. Fill us with the knowledge of You and cause us to bring honor and glory to You. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

What is your favorite name for God?

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Psalm 24 by C. H. Spurgeon

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