Names Of God & Worship
Note: On Sunday, November 28, 2010, I will be teaching the third lesson, Names of God/Worship, in my “Journey with Pappa B” Series at CityView Community Church, just north of Rt.30 on Roosevelt Ave (on top of the hill) at 9:30 a.m. until 10:15.
Only an 8th grade English teacher can get excited about the name of God! When Moses asked God to reveal Himself, giving himself a name for Moses to tell his people, He said, “I AM who I AM”! God is a LINKING VERB! Linking Verbs must link their complement with their subject, so what comes after the Linking Verb is crucial. If a description comes after the Linking Verb, you have a Predicate Adjective. If what comes after it renames the subject, it is called a Predicate Noun. God tells Moses his name, IAM, then tells his nature through Predicate Adjectives and who He is through Predicate Nouns.
For Example: Predicate Adjectives – “I AM your strength, your joy, your deliverance, your healer, etc. Predicate Nouns – I AM the Lord God Almighty, the Alpha & Omega, the Rose of Sharon, the King of Kings.
It is incredible the amount of different names and description that are listed in the Bible for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, all for the purpose of revealing himself to us! Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I AM?” The Bible lists who He is, but the question is to each one of us, who do we say He is that is an active part of our lives?
During times of worship, when the worship leader just plays an interlude, one can just begin to verbalize those names back to Him. I believe that worship is simple: Giving Back To Jesus What He Has Given You! If he has healed you, delivered you, provided for you, forgiven you, etc., give it back as a proclamation of faith. In personal prayer times, tell the Lord what He is to you, what He has done for you, who He is! Proclaim in faith his character and nature even when it is not tangible or evident in your life. The name of Jesus, and all the names associated with his character and nature are powerful. Release that power.