Many Names

“Alleluia! God is good! Sing praise to God’s name because it is beautiful.” [Psalm135:3 Inclusive Bible Translation]

 Sing praise to God’s name because it is beautiful! Have you ever done a word study on God’s name? We actually a worship a God of many names and many metaphors according to our holy texts. In Hebrew we find Elohim, Adonai, YHWH, El, and El Shaddai. We also find many images such as shepherd, birthing rock, vine, father and light. Jonathan Peters writes, “The Bible’s inclusion of so many figures for God is both an invitation and a caution. The invitation is to discovery: discovery of who God is, and what our friendship with God might become. The caution is against assuming that any one image of God, whatever truth it holds, adequately describes God.” You have heard me say before, “the mystery we call God.”  We cannot contain the fullness of God in any one name and this good news frees us to experience God in a variety of ways. As a finite fallible human being, I realize that God’s many names invites me and you to stand in awe of the mystery of the Divine Goodness


Holy One, like the psalmist I wonder, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them.” I marvel that you know the numbers of hair on my head. It never ceases to amaze me that you invite me to participate in your work of compassion and justice. Your many names are indeed beautiful. Amen.

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