When I think of a great work of art, I think of Michelangelo’s magnificent rendering of God reaching out His finger toward the outstretched hand of Adam. The original masterpiece hangs in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican inside the boundaries of Rome, the capital of Italy. Our copy of the same painting, hangs in my living room, a daily reminder of my personal God—Yahweh—Jehovah.

Jehovah is God’s most important name. This intimate name of God, Jehovah, represents the essence of God’s being. Jehovah is unchanging and self-existent, and He faithfully keeps His promises. In John 8:58, Jesus said, “Before Abraham was I AM.” Jehovah is our Redeemer, whose love for us never changes.

On the question is asked: “Is Jehovah the true name of God?” An answer is found in the Hebrew Scriptures; the name of God is recorded as YHWH. So, where did the name “Jehovah” come from? When God revealed His name, I AM WHO I AM, he spoke his name using Hebrew verbs, not nouns. Ancient Hebrew did not use vowels in its written form. The vowels were pronounced in spoken Hebrew but were not recorded in written Hebrew. It is still not universally agreed upon how the Hebrew name for God YHWH was pronounced. Some prefer “Yahweh” (YAH-way); others prefer “Yehowah” or “Yahuweh.” still others argue for “Jehovah.”

Regardless of the way Jehovah is pronounced, God answers to His name. When we come before Him, humbly as Moses did, we should say, “Yahweh, here I am.” The words of Moses show the face-to-face relationship he had with YHWH, when God passed in front of Moses in a cloud in Exodus 34:6–7 proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness and truth, who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin.”

YHWH is God; there is none like Him. Encourage those around you to love Yahweh, live for Yahweh, and follow hard after Him. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Psalms says, “Those who know Your name trust in You, you have never abandoned anyone who searches for You.”

Let’s pray:

Jehovah, Yahweh, thank you for revealing yourself to me in a personal way. Thank you for taking initiative and reaching your hand out to me. I am thankful to know you and to be loved by you. Thank you for your presence, purpose, and peace in my life. Thank you I can put my trust in you. “I have set the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand I will not be shaken,” says Psalm 16:8. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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