Psalm 23 tells us that the Lord (Yahweh, Jehovah) is our shepherd, Jehovah Roi, and as our shepherd he leads us where we need to go, provides for us, feeds us in the presence of our enemies and protects us.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Growing up, I always equated the “rod” with punishment or discipline. Just recently, I learned that the rod was a type of a club that the shepherd used to fight off wild animals and predators, not a tool of punishment. Not only does He guide us, feed us and give us rest, but he is a vigilant protector. We can take comfort in the security of our protection in Him and knowing that we will dwell with Him throughout eternity.
We have a good, good Father don’t we? Here are a few more descriptions of who He is to us.
Lamentations 3:24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”
Psalm 62:6 Says He is my Refuge
Psalm 71:3 He is my Fortress
Habakkuk 1:12, Exodus 3:15 He is Eternal
Romans 10:13 He is my Savior
Hebrews 13:8 He is the Same yesterday, today and forever.
John 14:6 I am the Way, The Truth, and the Life
Isaiah 64:8 tells us that he is the potter, and we are the clay.
Psalm 68:5 He is a Father to the fatherless, defender of the widow.
Isaiah 54:5 Your Maker is your Husband, “The Lord God Almighty” is His name.
Who is He to you?
Who is the God you need today?
In times of uncertainty, (which we have certainly experienced in abundance these past two years) there is absolute certainty, when you call on God as Creator (Elohim), Provider (Jehovah Jireh), Healer (Jehovah Rophe), God of Peace (Jehovah Shalom), or our Shepherd (Jehovah Roi), you will be heard.
We have been taught to not trust strangers, but our God has offered us the privilege of knowing Him, our King and Creator of the universe, intimately and personally. We learn to trust Him when we grow in revelation, knowledge and understanding of His great name. We do this through studying scripture, listening to sound teaching, and praying. God invites us right where we are to know and trust Him and to become a Child of the King.
You may know the name Yahweh, I Am that I am, but can you call him ABBA Father (daddy)? If not, right now is the time.
Will you be one who diligently seeks to know Him, know Him better?
As it says in Colossians 3:10, Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator (Elohim) and become like Him. If you need to, seek someone out to pray with or just make your heart right with God right here and now, and feel free to tell us about it so we can rejoice with you.
For further study:
Becoming a Woman Who Knows God by Name by Jan Harrison
The Books of Psalms and Isaiah
Bible Gateway at www.biblegateway.com – Various versions of the Bible – check out the “Names of God” Bible, the NLT and others. This is a great study resource.
Bible Hub at www.biblehub.com
My name is Keri Willis. I am a semi-retired educator. I spent a great deal of my career working with adults with developmental disabilities and many years in elementary education, in the classroom and as an administrator. My main ministry now is coordinating the women’s ministry for our church in San Diego, CA. I have been married thirty-four years and have two grown and married children. I now have a head of full grey hair and good ideas.
I believe we are created to use our gifts and to be creative. That comes in many forms for me. I love to woodwork and use power tools, design, decorate, garden, and create new recipes. And I love to write. One major lesson I have learned in my writing journey is that I need to be still and listen to hear God’s voice before I am prepared to put into words the message he has instilled in my heart. This has been much easier since I am no longer working full time, but it is so easy to get distracted and not listen, which almost always ends with an empty page in the form of writer’s block.
While I have written many articles for newsletters and local newspapers, I did not consider myself a writer until I self-published my first book, Teapots and Power Tools. https://www.amazon.com/Teapot…/dp/1466458763/ref=sr_1_3…
The idea emerged as I was working on a project in my garage. I had worship music playing, power tools out and saw dust flying. I glanced up and saw my delicate teapot sitting on my router table. The message was clear. Sometimes we are using the power tools God gives us and sometimes he just wants us to be still and have tea with him. The book became the foundation for a women’s retreat, and then my amazing niece helped me work through publishing it on Create Space (now KDP).
At least five other projects are in different stages of production. I joined hope*writers to help motivate me and keep me focused and accountable. I am still trying to figure out the whole website and blog thing. That is my next goal for myself; that and finish writing at least one of my projects!
Teapots and Power Tools: Effectively using the tools God has equipped you with, while taking time to “Be Still and Know That He is God”
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Used with permission from Keri L. Willis.