JEHOVAH SHAMMAH

Psalm 46:11 “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Jehovah Shammah – One of many names of God that simply means “God is There.”  But the far reaching effects and depth of this name can hardly be described.  I researched it recently after an intense time of prayer and fasting.  I found myself crying out in the Spirit, Shammah…Shammah!  I didn’t know what it meant then.  He was truly there with me during a very challenging time; when my flesh was dying and it wasn’t happy!

Calling Jehovah by His Hebrew names is another way of praising and giving glory to our Creator.  Matthew Henry’s Commentary says:  “…it is true of every good Christian; he dwells in God and God in him.  Whatever soul has in it a living principle of grace, it may be truly said, The Lord is There.”

John 15:5 verifies that statement:  “I am the vine, ye are the branches:  He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:  for without me ye can do nothing.”  Glorifying God is connected to our knowledge or revelation of Him.  If He is not with us, even our works will be cast into the fire and burned.  He MUST be our Jehovah Shammah.

Stated earlier, He is a God of many names.  As we go through our lives, we have descriptive adjectives of our character added to the knowledge of who we are by those who know us.  The same goes for God and the list cannot be exhausted.  He is loving, first and foremost…”For God so loved the world (that means everyone); that He gave his only perfect and blameless Son, Jesus The Messiah; that whosoever believes in Him will not perish (or spend eternity in the Lake of Fire); but have everlasting life (with Him in Heaven).” John 3:16

He is The Lord our Righteousness, Jehovah Tsidkenu; He is the God of Peace, Jehovah Shalom; He is the Lord who Provides, Jehovah Jirah; and the list goes on.  As we follow Jesus, The Messiah, and grow in our knowledge and faith in Him; we cannot help but see how much a part of every moment of every day He is.  Jesus said in John 14:7, and I paraphrase:  “…He that knows me, knows the Father also.”  John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

He is a PRESENT God:  He was present in the past, leading the Israelites through generations of slavery, wandering, and maturing.  He was present in the specific plans His people carried out as they rebuilt Jerusalem.  He is present NOW, as He guides us through living out His love through us and delivering eternal hope.  Regarding Jerusalem, Ezekiel 48:35 says, “…and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there; Jehovah Shammah.”

I have a few questions we can consider.  During our struggles, and I include myself in this, do we stop and consider HOW God is with us?  How much should that change our perspective?  We can surely give those worries away when we remember He guides, protects, and journeys with us.

He is from everlasting to everlasting.  From now until forever, God is There with you.  “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.  He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.”  Revelation 21:3

My prayer is we live in certainty that God is with us!  How have you experienced God’s presence?  What verses remind you He is always there?  I challenge you to make a list and write down verses as you read the Word of God, that remind you He is JEHOVAH SHAMMAH…hallelujah!

 

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