This blog post is all about the names of God and their meaning
I’m super excited that you are reading this blog post on the names of God and their meaning!
So why is this blog post sooo important?
Well… because when we think of God, our minds often turn to an abstract concept – one that is mysterious and all-encompassing. But through the Bible, God has graciously provided us with a glimpse into His character and nature by sharing His many different names. Each name given to God in Scripture demonstrates something unique about Him, providing insight into His attributes and reminding us of who He is and what He does for His people.
This blog post explores 22 Hebrew names of God in the Bible. These names are not only a reminder of who God is but also convey His character and nature. In understanding these different characteristics, we can deepen our relationship with Him and draw strength from His Almighty power.
Ready? Let’s go!
Benefits of studying the Hebrew names of God
Here are ten benefits of studying the names of God:
- Understanding and appreciating the magnitude of God’s power
- Cultivating a closer relationship with Him
- Drawing strength from His promises
- Realizing God’s unconditional love for us
- Recognizing His sovereignty over our lives
- Gaining deeper insights into His character
- Growing in our faith and trust in Him
- Knowing He is always present with us, no matter where we are or what we are facing
- Developing a more profound understanding of scripture
- Learning to approach situations with faith rather than fear or doubt.
Stories of naming God
Before I provide the 22 names, I want to briefly go over a couple of stories where we learn about a name that people used to refer to God.
As you read these five examples, please use this exact blueprint to reflect on the 22 names in the next section!
Abraham gave God the name El Olam, meaning “The Everlasting God” (Genesis 21:33). This name was given after God had provided a son for them when they were well beyond child-bearing age. Not only that, Abraham believed that this “Everlasting God” will watch over His word (that Abraham will be a father of many nations).
The significance of this is that it serves as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and His promise to those who trust Him. Today, we can pivot this by trusting in the Lord even when our circumstances seem impossible – because He is faithful and will never leave us nor forsake us.
P.S. I talk about this in the blog post about the Tamarisk tree.
Moses gave God the name Jehovah Rapha, meaning “The Lord Who Heals” (Exodus 15:26). This name was given after God had miraculously healed the Israelites of their diseases. The significance of this is that it serves as a reminder of God’s power and His ability to heal us both physically and spiritually. Today, we can pivot this by thanking Him for how He has healed our hearts and inviting Him into our situations to bring healing and restoration.
Jacob gave God the name El Shaddai, meaning “The Lord Almighty” (Genesis 49:25). This name was given after God had revealed Himself to Jacob in a dream. The significance of this is that it serves as a reminder of God’s power and authority over all creation – nothing is too hard for Him. Today, we can pivot this by trusting in His mighty power and letting Him guide us in everything we do.
Gideon gave God the name Jehovah Shalom, meaning “The Lord Who Is Peace” (Judges 6:24). This name was given after God had granted him victory in battle. This is significant because it serves as a reminder of God’s peace and protection, no matter what we face. Today, we can pivot this by trusting in His faithfulness and allowing Him to bring peace to our hearts and minds.
David gave God the name Jehovah Roi or Jehovah Raah, meaning “The Lord is my Shepherd” (Psalm 23:1). This name was given after God had been faithful to David throughout his life, especially in times of great distress and danger. The significance of this is that it serves as a reminder of God’s presence with us in all circumstances – He not only sees us, but He cares for us too!
Today, we can pivot this by taking comfort in His presence and knowing that He will never leave our side or forsake us. No matter what we face, we can rest assured that the Lord is with us always.
22 Amazing Names of God and Their Meaning with Bible verses
When studying the English Bible, one should be aware of the Hebrew names used to refer to God. Often, these names will appear in the text as “God,” with no further information provided. However, by looking at the footnotes or translation notes found in many English Bibles, one can better understand the names that were originally used in the Hebrew text.
In addition, these footnotes and translation notes will sometimes reveal the spelling and pronunciation of each name. This method will help us deepen our appreciation for and connection with God.
Alternatively, you can switch to the Orthodox Jewish Bible online and see the actual names used. I use the Bible gateway online version. It’s not always easy to use (I’m no Hebrew scholar 😭), but I flip back and forth to get some context.
The name Yahweh is one of the most widely used titles for God, and it means “He Brings Into Existence Whatever Exists” or “Only one God Exists” (Genesis 2:4). The Blue letter Bible does an excellent job of fleshing this out. But from my research, the name Yahweh conveys a more personal name and God’s creative ability and omnipotence – that He created all things out of nothing. It also reminds us that everything we have is because of Him; He has provided us with all sustenance and resources.
Now, we know that Yahweh is considered one of the most sacred names for God in Judaism, and it is often replaced with other words, such as Adonai or Elohim, when being read during prayers. Today, Yahweh’s name still carries tremendous meaning and power. With this title comes a reminder that God has provided us with everything we need, both spiritually and physically. We must remember to turn to Him and rely on His strength, comfort, and grace when we face difficult times.
2. Alpha and Omega
Alpha and Omega means “The Beginning and the End” (Revelation 1:8). This name speaks to the timelessness of our Lord; He is eternal and everlasting, beginning and end. It reminds us of His infinite power and authority, encouraging us to trust in Him always.
This name (Alpha and Omega) reminds me of this verse from Isaiah 46:10, which declares God’s power to know and declare all things from the beginning to the end. He knows what is yet to come and has already laid out His plans for us – if we have faith in Him, we can trust that His counsel will stand firm and that He will do everything He pleases.
This name, Alpha and Omega, serves as a reminder of His infinite foreknowledge and authority, encouraging us to place our trust in Him without fear or doubt. In doing so, we can be sure that whatever happens, God’s perfect plan will always prevail.
Abba is another name of God, derived from the Aramaic word meaning “Father” (Mark 14:36). This title emphasizes the intimate relationship we can have with our heavenly Father; it speaks to His love and cares for us as his beloved children. It serves to remind us that no matter what other people may think or say, God will accept us and always love us. This name brings comfort and hope in times of distress or fear.
When I lost my father in 2020, I began to see God as Abba father. It’s making me tear up right now as I’m typing this.❤️
Another popular title in the Bible is Elohim, which means “Mighty Creator” (Genesis 1:1). Of course, the name that is used in our English Bibles is God. Still, if you look at the Hebrew version of that verse, it does specify the name Elohim.
Elohim speaks to His authority and power as the Supreme Being who can do anything. It is a reminder that He has all sovereignty over creation, and nothing is impossible for Him. This title also conveys the power of our Lord; He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and nothing is impossible for Him. It encourages us to walk in faith, knowing that our loving God will always be with us and provide for us.
5. El Shaddai
El Shaddai is another title for God, meaning “God Almighty” (Genesis 17:1). This name reveals God’s absolute authority and strength as well as His unchanging nature; no matter what we face or experience, He will always remain the same. In this way, it encourages us to place our trust in Him above everything else.
This name also speaks of the greatness and power of our Lord; He is all-powerful and able to do more than we could ever imagine.
Adonai means “Lord” or “Master” (Genesis 15:2). This title speaks to the sovereignty of God; He is our Lord and King, and we must bow down to Him in reverence. It reminds us that He is always in control, no matter what situation we are facing.
7. El Elyon
El Elyon means “Most High God” or “God Most High” (Genesis 14:18-20). This title speaks to the greatness of our Lord, reminding us that He is above all else and that His power is infinite. It is also a source of comfort in times of trouble, knowing that He reigns above all other powers and can bring us deliverance.
This title conveys the greatness of our Lord; He is above all, and nothing can rival His power. It reminds us to put our faith in Him, knowing that He will always remain the same regardless of circumstances.
8. El Olam
As discussed earlier, El Olam means “The Everlasting God” or “The Eternal God” (Isaiah 40:28). This name conveys the timelessness of our Lord; He is not confined by space or time but instead remains forever faithful and unchanging.
It also serves as a reminder of His promises to us – that He will never leave us or forsake us and that He will be with us forever. This name also speaks of the eternity of our Lord; He is eternal and unchanging, with no beginning or end. It encourages us to place our trust in Him above all else, knowing that His love for us will never fail.
9. El Roi
El Roi means “The God Who Sees” (Genesis 16:13). This name speaks to the omniscience of our Lord; He knows all things and sees all things, even when we cannot. It is a source of comfort in times of difficulty, knowing that the Lord watches over us and is always aware of our needs.
10. Jehovah Mekoddishkem
Jehovah Mekoddishkem means “The Lord Who Sanctifies You” (Exodus 31:13). This title conveys God’s power to set us apart and make us holy; no matter what our past or present circumstances, He can make us whole and new. It is also a reminder that God calls us to be holy as He is holy, and He will equip us with all we need to fulfill this mission.
Jehovah-Rapha means “The Lord Who Heals” (Exodus 15:26). This name speaks to the healing power of our Lord; He can bring physical, mental, and spiritual healing when we turn to Him. It encourages us to place our trust in Him above all else, knowing that only He can restore what has been broken.
12. Jehovah Tsidkenu
Jehovah Tsidkenu means “The Lord Our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6). This title conveys God’s ability to make us righteous; through His grace and mercy, He can turn our hearts back to Him. It also serves as a reminder that we must seek after His righteousness if we wish to be restored in His sight.
This name also speaks to the righteousness of our Lord; He is perfect and just, and His law is absolute. It reminds us to seek after holiness and to remain obedient to His commands, trusting that He will guide us on the right path.
13. Jehovah Nissi
Jehovah Nissi means “The Lord Is My Banner” (Exodus 17:15). This title speaks to the protection and strength that God provides us; He is our shield and defender in times of trouble. It also serves as a reminder that we can rely on Him no matter the situation, knowing He will never forsake us.
14. Jehovah Shalom
Jehovah Shalom means “The Lord Is Peace” (Judges 6:24). This name conveys the peace of our Lord; He is a source of comfort and refuge in times of distress. It reminds us to abide in Him always, trusting that His perfect peace will guard our hearts and minds.
15. Jehovah Sabbaoth
Jehovah Sabbaoth means “The Lord Of Hosts” or “The Lord Of Armies” (1 Samuel 1:3). This title speaks to the power of our Lord; He is the commander of all armies and can protect us from any threat. It encourages us to trust in Him above all else.
16. Jehovah Jireh
Jehovah Jireh means “The Lord Will Provide” (Genesis 22:13-14). This name conveys God’s faithfulness and provision for His people; He will always provide for our needs if we put our trust in Him. It encourages us to remain hopeful in times of need, knowing that our loving Father will never abandon us.
17. Jehovah Rohi
Jehovah Rohi or Jehovah Raah means “The Lord Is My Shepherd” (Psalm 23:1). This title speaks to the loving care that God provides us; He is our shepherd and always looks after us. It reminds us to stay close to Him and never stray, trusting in His promise of safety and security.
This title also speaks to the love, guidance, and protection that He provides for His people. It serves as a reminder that He watches over us like a shepherd does his flock, providing guidance and direction in every area of our lives. We can take comfort in knowing that He always has our best interests at heart, regardless of what life throws at us.
18. Jehovah Shammah
Jehovah Shammah means “The Lord Is There” or “The Lord Is Present” (Ezekiel 48:35). This name conveys the nearness of our Lord; no matter where we are, He will always be with us. It encourages us to seek Him even in times of trouble.
Bethel means “House of God” (Genesis 12:8). This name speaks to the sanctuary that God provides us; He is our refuge and strength in times of trouble. It reminds us to dwell in Him, trusting that His presence will bring peace and comfort to our hearts.
20. Jehovah Makkeh
Jehovah Makkeh means “The Lord Who Smites” or “The Lord Who Strikes” (Ezekiel 7:9). This name speaks to the justice of our Lord; He is holy and just and will not let evil prevail. It serves as a reminder that we should turn away from wickedness and seek after righteousness, trusting in His promise of protection and provision.
Emmanuel is a name for God which means “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14). This title emphasizes the closeness and intimacy that God desires to have with each one of us. It serves as a reminder that He will never leave us nor forsake us, no matter our circumstances or environment.
22. Jehovah Tsuri
Jehovah Tsuri means “The Lord Is My Rock” (Psalm 18:2). This title conveys God’s strength and protection; He is our rock and fortress, shielding us from harm. It reminds us to turn to Him whenever we feel weak or defeated, knowing that He will never leave our side.
What character of God are you holding on to?
Here are two questions regarding the names of God. As you read them, reflect on your current life and circumstances
- What character or title of God are you holding on to concerning your life and circumstances?
- What name of God reflects a promise you are holding on to?
Are you clinging to Yahweh Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)? This name conveys that He is all-powerful, sovereign, and in control over everything. In this season of uncertainty, it is a comfort to know that whatever happens; His power is greater than any obstacle or challenge you will face. It’s a reminder that He has already fought for us – that no matter what comes my way, He will be with us every step of the way.
What of Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)? Is that another name you’re holding onto at these times? The promise associated with this name gives me hope and assurance that despite the lack of security and stability, He will meet all our needs according to His riches in glory. In a world filled with so much uncertainty, you can find assurance in this promise – that no matter what happens, God will provide for me. Knowing this can help us trust Him even more deeply as I take each step forward.
Why we should use the names of God in prayer
We can use God’s names in prayer to connect more deeply with Him and develop more meaningful relationships with Him. Every name conveys something special and unique about who He is, so praying using these names of God allows us to understand His character and power better. When we pray using these titles, we recognize His promises and affirm our faith in Him.
In addition to bringing comfort, peace, and understanding into our lives through prayer, the names of God can also be used as a source of strength during difficult times. Asking for help from El Shaddai (God Almighty), Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide), and Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness) can bring us courage and hope in the midst of uncertainty.
In all things, may we humbly seek Him through prayer, using His beautiful names as a reminder that He is always with us, no matter what life brings.
5 steps on how to pray the names of God during quiet time
1. Invite the Holy Spirit: Begin your time of prayer by inviting the Holy Spirit to be present with you. Pray that He will lead and guide your thoughts and reflections as you take time to seek the Lord.
2. Read a Verse of the Particular Name of God: Choose one of God’s names and read a verse that contains it, meditating on its meaning and how it applies to your life in this season.
3. Reflect: Take some time for quiet reflection – think about His character, power, promises, and faithfulness that are all conveyed through each name of God. Let these things sink deep into your heart as you ask Him to show Himself to you in new ways.
4. Journal: Write down your thoughts, feelings, and reflections as they come to you. Ask God to lead your pen and give yourself permission to be open and honest with Him in all that you write.
5. How Does That Name Apply To Your Life: Finally, spend some time asking the Lord how this name applies specifically to your life in this season – pray for His guidance, comfort, strength, and peace as you seek Him in this way. Allow the answers to flow freely from your heart onto the page as He speaks directly into your life through His Word. May we be ever mindful of His presence in our lives!
Prayer for us to understand the names of God
Heavenly Father, we come to You in adoration and worship. Thank You for the names that are used to describe Your character and power. We thank You, Elohim, for creating us in Your image and being our ever-present God of strength. Thank you for loving us profoundly and forever and remaining faithful to Your people.
We praise You, Jehovah Jireh, for providing all we need each day and blessing us with abundance beyond measure. We thank Jehovah Roi for seeing us even when no one else does and never abandoning us, even in our darkest hour.
Lord, open our eyes and hearts to Your infinite knowledge. Help us understand more about who You are by studying the other names of God found throughout scripture. Help us to fully grasp the power and promise of Your Word so that we may be ever mindful of Your presence in all areas of our lives.
In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.
And that’s it, folks, names of God and their meaning
I hope this blog post on the Hebrew names of God has helped you understand the names of God, His character, and nature! I pray that it reminds you of who He is. May these titles serve as a reminder of God’s faithfulness, and may they bring peace to your heart as you trust in Him.
No matter what life throws at us, we can rest assured knowing that our loving Father will always be with us. He has promised never to leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), and these 22 names of God if further assurance of His faithfulness. Yep, even when things seem uncertain, we can take comfort in knowing that our Lord sees all.
P.S Here is my testimony and why I’m so passionate about writing on my blog:
Songs about the names of God
Here are some YouTube songs about the names of God. Grab a tissue because after reading this blog post, you may be teary eyed!
Elohim by Hillsong
Yahweh (with Powerful Introduction by Pastor Robert Fergusson) by Hillsong
Don Moen’s Jehovah Jireh (released in 1986 but it’s one of my faves!)
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