God reveals himself as Yahweh/Jehovah —LORD. It is the name by which He has been know from the creation of the world and it is His forever name. It is the proper name of God. Yahweh/Jehovah translates “He who is”. When He says, I AM who I AM in Scripture, it means “He who is” and He subsists in a manner superior to all other beings! He is the self-existent, all-sufficient One. He is the One who was, who IS and who will be. His name Yahweh/Jehovah, LORD, is often compounded with another word to describe the character of the Lord in greater detail. For example, Jehovah-Jireh, the LORD who provides, in Genesis 22:14 or in Exodus 17:15, Jehovah-Nissi, the LORD is my banner.
One of my favorites is the contracted form of His name, Jehovah/Yahweh, which is JAH and means He IS! (Note: In the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation, they print JAH whenever this contracted form of the Lord God appears. It is found particularly in the Psalms). So often I need that. I need to know that He IS in this moment. That He IS sovereign. That He IS all-powerful. That He IS unfailing love and so much more. There is great comfort for me in knowing God IS present in my every moment. I have nothing to fear! He will strengthen me. He will uphold me.
Therefore, HE is to be the object and focus of my worship, because He alone is worthy. And when I focus on the greatness of the great I AM, my preoccupation with self diminishes. And the amazing thing is, instead of feeling alone, empty, discouraged and fearful, I end up being filled with the power of His presence. I experience His joy, peace, love, acceptance and comfort in my life, and my heart and soul just SOAR! I experience this because HE is! He is present in this moment.
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