Lord I Want to Know You

Lord I Want to Know You

March 7, 2016

“Those who know your name trust you, O LORD, because you have never deserted those who seek your help.” Psalm 9:10 (GW)

I’d heard great things about him, but it wasn’t until we served together in ministry that I really got to know him. And I only discovered some of his unique personality traits by “doing life” with J.J. — like his dry sense of humor and the way he naturally encourages people without even trying.

As our friendship deepened, J.J. became someone I could depend on. When I needed him, he came through.

Like the time my mom was diagnosed with cancer and scheduled for immediate surgery, JJ offered to drive six hours to join me at the hospital so I wouldn’t be alone. I didn’t think he was serious and was hesitant to let him come when I was in such a vulnerable place of need. But he showed up, and I realized this guy was reliable.

Over the years, I’ve seen how my relationship with God has grown closer in the same way. And I’ve noticed the same for others.

At some point in our lives we hear things about God, but we don’t really get to know Him until we spend time with Him — talking, listening and observing who He is and depending on Him.

We learn to trust God’s heart by interacting with Him and experiencing His character in personal ways, just like I did with J.J.

In the book of Judges, chapter 6, an angel of the Lord appeared before Gideon and told him he would become a mighty warrior and defeat a huge army of his enemies. But Gideon didn’t believe him.

You see, Gideon only knew about God. He had heard of His faithfulness in others’ lives, but he didn’t know God personally.

It’s hard to trust someone you don’t know.

Gideon told the angel of the Lord, “‘If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.’ And the LORD said, ‘I will wait until you return’” (Judges 6:17-18, NIV).

When Gideon brought his offering, the angel of the Lord touched it with the tip of his staff and fire flared from the rock, consuming it. Then Gideon realized it was in fact the angel of the Lord and exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!” (v. 22b, NIV).

Up to this point, Gideon had called Him “LORD.” But now he added the word “Sovereign” to describe his Lord because he had experienced God’s sovereignty.

Confidence and trust increased when Gideon witnessed God’s power.

Gideon must have looked terrified, because immediately, “the LORD said to him, ‘Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die’” (v. 23, NIV). I love what Gideon did next: “Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called it The LORD Is Peace” (v. 24a, NIV).

God had revealed His character by demonstrating His power and by giving Gideon peace to help him overcome his doubts and fears.

Gideon not only knew about God, but now he was getting to know Him personally. He would learn that it’s much easier to trust someone you know — someone you have experienced life with in a personal way.

Just like my relationship with J.J, whom I ended up marrying, my relationship with Jesus has grown closer over time. I’ve come to love Him as I have experienced His love for me. I’ve learned to depend on Him and trust Him deeply as I’ve come to know His heart and His character.

We will not know God as Jehovah Rapha, our Healer, until we experience and recognize His healing in our lives — whether spiritually, emotionally, mentally or physically.

We cannot know Him as Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, if we are not in need.

We will not know Him as Jehovah Nissi, our Banner, unless we need Him for victory.

When we take time to deepen and grow our relationship with Jesus, our confidence in Him deepens too. And we will live in the promise of today’s key verse: “Those who know your name trust you, O LORD, because you have never deserted those who seek your help” (Psalm 9:10).

Dear Lord, I want to know You for who You really are. I desire to trust and follow You more and more each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.” (NLT)

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Visit Renee’s blog for a FREE printable of God’s names, and enter to win a copy of Wendy Blight’s new book, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God.

Take a few minutes to say these names of God out loud and thank Him for being each of these things for you. “Lord, thank You that You are …”

Emmanuel: My God with Me (Matthew 1:22-23)
El Roi: The God Who Sees Me (Genesis 16:13-14)
El Sali: God of My Strength (Psalm 28:7)
Jehovah Rohi: The LORD My Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)
Jehovah Shammah: The LORD Is There for Me (Ezekiel 48:35b)

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  1. It helps me to reflect on attributes of God. Doing this for a minute as I enter into prayer grounds me and causes me to be grateful that He would condescend to hear my prayer, to seek me and to make sure I’m made right with Him. It is so good to know our Abba Father!

  2. Christy McBrayer says:

    We talked about this in our Church tonight. That you got to get to know God and have a relationship with Him. This is awesome. ?

  3. Deena Maga says:

    Wow, there is so much power in what you said I could hear God talking to me through bits and piece of each of this message. So many things that I have heard in other cases this week and it seems all put together agian. Thanks once again God bless.

    • I love when God whispers truths He wants us to know in different ways throughout a week or a month. His sweet pursuit of our hearts is such a comfort and source of strength. Thank you for sharing Deena!

  4. That I may know him and the power of his resurrection

  5. So quickly Jesus showed me He IS all those wonderful names to me. I just got off my knees from a time of sobbing prayer … Crying out “You’ve got to talk to me Lord…speak louder so I hear for sure”… & so on…. I am going to bed…about to plug in my phone and there’s this ” Jesus response” email from Prov 31. He IS the banner over me….it is love.

  6. Sharon+C. says:

    My husband and I are fixing to start a new chapter in our lives. Don’t know what to expect? We both have medical issues. His will be more complex than mine. We will be downsizing and moving closer to relatives. Covet your prayers as we make these changes. Thank you. I look forward to this study.

    • Lord, bless this couple as they prepare for the changes ahead. You are all-knowing–guide them so that today’s decisions smooth the way for tomorrow’s challenges. You are the God of love and peace–surround them with the love of family and fellow-believers and give them peace in the midst of uncertainty. You are the Great Physician–give them wisdom when choosing medical care and heal their bodies, souls and spirits. You are the giver of all good things–meet their material needs and grant them an abundance of spiritual blessings. Amen.

    • Praying for you Sharon. Echoing Shirlee’s beautiful prayer for you and your husband.

  7. this is beautiful! I too am finding God’s love for me through the love of my husband in a way I would not have ever believed.
    By the way – I couldnt find the printable? I went to both blogs… Renee’s and Wendy’s.

  8. I’ll be meditating on today’s devotional all day, thank you.

  9. Wanda, if you go to her blog and type in Names of God In The search box on the right about midway down it will take you to it. That’s how I found it. Have a blessed day!

  10. I sometimes need to be reminded to get out of God’s way and trust Him. Thank you, Renee, for reminding me of all the ways God is there for me by His many names!

  11. Your devotional goes hand in hand with the release of the new Christian movie entitled,”RISEN” in which the Roman Tribune Clavius asks who is and where to find the man named Jesus. Bartholomew tells Clavius Jesus is everywhere even though Clavius saw Jesus die on the cross and Clavius can’t remove the image from his mind’s eye.
    Very powerful movie as are the meditations on the names of God.

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  13. Loretta says:

    I heard a preacher recently that was bringing a sermon on THE NAMES OF GOD. He said he believed his favorite was simply I AM. I AM the way,I AM the door, I AM the light, I AM the truth you could just go on and on. Of course he took his message from Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. He ended with Who do you need Him to be, whoever that is HE IS! I am your healing I am your provider I am your companion I am your light bill money I am your bread I am your water….

  14. kathy wyg says:

    Good Morning….love the devo…Renee…& thank you Tammy too…for guiding & directing Wanda & myself to the blog section to print off the names…I just went there & printed it off….i am going to make sev copies & hand them out as gifts…thank you..

    have a blessed day……………..kathy wyg

  15. Jane Hendricks says:

    Thank you for these Devotionals. Our daughter in Alaska, Kim Ford, started sending them to me 25 years ago. I am now 90 years old, and have been blessed by Proverbs 31 all these years. I do share them with others and am grateful for them.
    In His Love and mine, Jane

    • I love that Jane. We are so grateful to have you both as part of our P31 community. What a sweet encouragement it is to know you share them with each other and then pass them along to others too. πŸ™‚

  16. Marilyn A. Cruz says:

    I enjoyed your story about ‘Gideon’, it made me learned more about him. I also loved the way you included all the names of our Powerful God. Jehovah Jireh, our Lord is our provider is something I have learned through my experience when I decided to become a stay at home mom and rely solely on the income of my husband. I heard Him say, He will be our provider, and I have seen it in my own eyes how he provides for our needs, he is just all powerful, Omni-potent God whenever I see his provision. Jehovah Nissi, the Lord is our banner, is something I say when I experienced victory in my life. Lord, thank you that you are my Emmanuel, (God with us); Lord, thank you that you are my El Roi, the God who sees me when I am in trouble or in need of your help; Lord, thank you that you are my El Sali, the God of my strenght, “The joy of the Lord is my strenght” Nehemiah 8:10; Lord, thank you that you are my Jehovah Rohi, the Lord my shepered, when one of your sheeps are lost, you go and look for that lost one and bring it to others; Lord, thank you that you are my Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is there for me, “even to your old age and gray hair I am He, I am He who will sustain you, I have made you, I will carry you, I will sustain you and I will rescue you” Psalm 46:5. The only names of God, I did not know was ‘El Sali’ the God of strenght, thank you for mentioning this I will add this to my list of names of God. I also enjoyed reading of how you met your husband JJ. and have read your book ‘Confident heart’, I love it!

  17. All my life it has been about trust. Trusting someone. Most failed me. So now I understand…Surely God put this in front of me. That all this time I have felt empty, even believing in Jesus and knowing he died on the cross for a sinner like me, the emptiness I have felt all this time was the fact that I haven’t learned to trust him. I pray I find this trust. I think I have missed out on much. Thank you for this post!

  18. I tried to find the printable “names of God” but was not able to find the place to down load it.
    Not everyone is computer savy, I definetly am not, Please e-mail me the Names of God, my sister asked me for them and your site just offered them. Isn’t God a Great Provider!
    Yours in Christ

  19. Thank you, Renee!! God really used you today! I have been struggling with knowing Jesus better and wondering why if he desires an intimate relationship with us that he doesn’t “show up” more often!! Then I read your devotional and he “showed up”!!! Knowing him for who is really is is a process and requires time with him and trusting him. Sometimes it’s hard to wait on him and believe he knows what he’s doing when he seems distant.But he encouraged me once again and I will keep striving to know him better and love him more!! Blessings to you!!

  20. I always enjoy reading your devotions, they seem to be just what I need for the day. Thank you so much for your support

  21. Susan Shane says:

    Renee, a man doesn’t usually go that far out of his way for a woman unless he loves her even he just acts like a friend. J.J. loved you, but you didn’t see it right away. That is the point of today’s devotional – that God loves us that much too whether or not we recognize it immediately.

  22. Sonnie Jane says:

    I love Love Love today’s devotion- as i was highlighting key points in my Journal – found myself highlighting the entire devotion- I can not read this enough time – Lord i want to know You more- Take a few minutes to say these names of God out loud and thank Him for being each of these things for you. β€œLord, thank You that You are …”
    Emmanuel: My God with Me (Matthew 1:22-23)
    El Roi: The God Who Sees Me (Genesis 16:13-14)
    El Sali: God of My Strength (Psalm 28:7)
    Jehovah Rohi: The LORD My Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)
    Jehovah Shammah: The LORD Is There for Me (Ezekiel 48:35b)
    Thank you for sharing:) I LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. cindy gb says:

    Renee- thank you! Timely and fitting to my needs today. A recent sermon touched on ‘A year without God” and left me asking “how could that happen?”. This devotional answered that question- it’s all about Who you know. Thank you!

  24. Loved this article. My mom told me some years ago you can’t really know God until you begin to read about Him in His word and see His mighty acts in your life. She was so right. As I read about Him, He revealed himself to me. He showed up consistently. I begin to develop a closer relationship with Him. I want to continue to get to know Him. Lord, I want to know you so well that nothing can make me doubt you!!

  25. God is so good, this is beautiful timing! My specific prayer yesterday as I sat in church was asking God to help me trust Him more. Wow!

  26. “We will not know God as Jehovah Rapha, our Healer, until we experience and recognize His healing in our lives β€” whether spiritually, emotionally, mentally or physically.We cannot know Him as Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, if we are not in need.”

    Really loved this part of the devotional! I have been experiencing all sorts of difficulties for the first time in my life – health issues, financial strain, etc. God used this devotional to confirm that these trials are not a punishment, they are a way for me to get to know Him more. Before, I never really felt that I needed Him. Now, I know that I truly do! I pray that this season will draw me closer to God’s heart.

  27. Thank you for these beautiful words today. I know you mentioned reflecting on God’s many names and thanking Him for what He has done. One name that wasn’t mentioned but has been huge for me lately is Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Will Provide. Recently, He has proven to provide for my family when I needed it most and BETTER than what I could have imagined. I can’t wait to see what else He will continue to do in everyone’s lives once we continue to grow closer to Him and are obedient to His will. God bless!!

  28. Kimberly Mathews says:

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder of God’s Promises…we are human and sometimes we don’t realize are little understanding compared to the Lord. I am so very grateful to be able to rely on God’s Promises as He has carried my 4 children and I this past year when I had no money, no family and no job. He’s blessed me with wonderful friends, an employer and continues to guide my path. I’m speechless at His Grace and love. I ended a bad relationship as well (only 10 days ago) only through God who strengthens me. It is His love that sustains me. It is beautiful to be called His child. Thank you for all you do in bringing His message to others.

  29. Tatina Firle says:

    I’m so glad I read this post today. It’s inline with what I pulled from my bible during my devotional time for my discipleship class. If we trust in His grace and call Him by name, He will listen. He will carry us, heal us, provide for us, and most of all LOVE us. Thank You Father for your precious touch.

  30. Wow and wow again. What a word of encouragement!
    This came at my time of need. I have been going through a few things in life (as we all do, as we are following Christ) and this word has put into perspective my current situation. I am currently in a waiting season and I feel like I am walking in a path like Gideon’s. A path where you hear about God faithfulness in others lives in certain situations but not experiencing it personally.
    Now to be fair I definitely have experience God’s faithfulness in the past and I am very grateful for all that He has done in my life, However I am currently facing new challenges and am waiting to know God in different ways than before. After reading this I have new found encouragement as I wait for the Lord to be my Jehovah Rapha, Jireh and Nissi! Thank you for sharing this and I play that God will continue to bless this ministry. I am a guy however the proverbs 31 ministry has been a blessing to me. God Bless

  31. G. JEROME GRABO says:

    i want to give my life to God and live for him only

  32. Today I’m at a crossroad. I’ve lost the only man I’ve ever loved to another woman. I lay here crying while he and her have no care in the world of the pain they have caused me. This man is the same man that brought me closer to God when I had lost my faith. Now I feel lost again. I cannot understand why he spreads the word but doesn’t live it. My whole world is coming to an end now. I’m so lost.

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