by Linda Veath Cox


O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth.

Psalm 8:1 NIV


Jehovah. The most frequently used name for God in the Old Testament. When combined with other Hebrew words, it shows us the many facets of God’s love and care for us.

Jehovah-Jireh—THE LORD WILL PROVIDE (Genesis 22:1-14)

Our God knows, and provides for our every need—day after day after day.

Jehovah-Rapha—THE LORD HEALS (Exodus 15:22-26)

When we are confronted with problems and heartache in our lives, our God brings healing, making the bitter things in our lives sweet.

Jehovah-Nissi—THE LORD IS MY BANNER (Exodus 17:8-15)

Under the banner of God, victory is ours, testifying to the power of God in defense of His people.

Jehovah-Mekoddishkem—THE LORD SANCTIFIES YOU (Exodus 31:12-18; Leviticus 20:7-8)

The purpose of the Sabbath was that the Israelites might know the God who sanctifies them and makes them holy—just as the blood of Jesus Christ sanctifies us and makes us holy.

Jehovah-Shalom—THE LORD IS PEACE (Judges 6:11-24)

When the hour is dark, the situation despairing, we can look to the Lord to give us His peace—a peace that does not change regardless of circumstances.

Jehovah-Sabaoth—THE LORD OF HOSTS (1 Samuel 1:3-11; 17:42-47)

As the supreme head and commander of all the heavenly host, which are ever ready to execute His will, our Almighty God fights for us and helps us find our strength in Him.

Jehovah-Raah—THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD (Psalm 23)

Even though we stumble and fall, our Heavenly Father cares for us as a shepherd cares for his flock and leads us to the house where we will dwell with Him forever.

Jehovah-Tsidkenu—THE LORD IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jeremiah 23:1-6; 33:16)

The Righteous Branch, Jesus Christ, gives us a new heart and a new life because the only way we can be right with God is through Jesus Christ.

Jehovah-Shammah—THE LORD IS THERE (Ezekiel 48:35)

Jehovah did not abandon Jerusalem. And He will not abandon us. Ever. Even when no one else is there, He will be.

What beautiful names for our God! Why not celebrate Father’s Day by looking for other names and attributes of our Great Jehovah. And remember—when we focus on Him rather than ourselves, we realize that He is all these things and even more. He is there—always! Amen.

Happy Father’s Day, Pa-Paer, from your “other kid.”

Linda Veath Cox is a regular contributor to DivineDetour. She recently retired after twenty-five years as a district office secretary for the State of Illinois. Her first loves are studying the Bible and reading, but she occasionally tries her hand at writing. Her work is published in All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa (Thomas Nelson),The One-Year Life Verse Devotional (Tyndale), Life Lessons from Grandparents (Write Integrity), Love Is a Verb (a devotional from Bethany House), and Chicken Soup for the Soul’s I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That. She lives in a small town in the Midwest with the “Bone Mafia,” her two indoor/outdoor mutts.