The Great I Am

Isn’t it amazing how you can read a verse or verses in scripture time and time again, and one day those same verses take on a whole new meaning? This is why we call scripture the Living Word. It is potent. It is pertinent. And it is always true.

I had heard and read several times the words in Exodus 3:14, “God said to Moses,’I AM WHO I AM'”. Nothing really struck me those times, nor did I really understand what God meant. But as scripture has a way of doing, the words jumped out at me when I heard them another time and I finally understood the meaning.

Moses had made up his mind to obey God and go to His people in Egypt. However, he was concerned that when he said the God of their fathers had sent him the Israelites would not know who this God was. So, he asked God what he was to tell them. God instructed Moses to tell them, “I AM has sent me to you”. I found it strange that God used that name to refer to himself instead of the names we often hear like your Heavenly Father, the Holy One, Almighty God, Sovereign King, Lord of All, etc. This is when God opened my eyes to understand what this name “I AM” truly means.

The name “I AM” encompasses all that God is. Every name that we call God is enveloped by the name “I AM”. I AM the Savior. I AM the Healer. I AM the Lord of All. I AM the Holy One. I AM Almighty God. I AM the Maker, the Creator of All. I AM the Sovereign King, Eternal King, King of Kings. I AM the Redeemer.

Whatever we need God is. When you are hurting and lonely God says, “I AM the Comforter”. When you are weak God says, “I AM your strength”. When you are afraid of the future God says “I AM the Sovereign King; I AM in control”. When you feel defeated God says, “I AM the Great Encourager”. When you are broken and can’t seem to pick the pieces God says, “I AM the Healer”. There is nothing He cannot provide. He is truly the Great I AM.

 

 

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Subtle Reminders

You know how you can hear a song or a phrase or a verse of scripture several times but it has no effect at the moment; then, one day those words ring in your head over and over. Well, that is exactly what happened to me on this wonderful Friday morning.

I heard a song on K-love on my way to work. A song I’ve heard millions of times before, but a song I just sang without thinking about the words. Again, this morning I sang the familiar words. However, this time it was different as I kept repeating the words to the tune stuck in my head, “this is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long”.

Time and time again I’m amazed at the subtle yet very effective ways God changes my thoughts and attitude. In the simplest manner He can turn my heart to praise. I wouldn’t say I was in a bad mood this morning but I was tired and lethargic and not terribly excited about beginning my day. But the Lord changed all that by the subconscious repetition of the words of a song in my head. I mean you can’t help but to feel joyous and revived when you sing words like that.

It took several times repeating those words before I stopped and said to myself, “Hmm, praising my SaviorĀ  all the day long, what reason do I have not to do that?”. I have endless reasons to praise my Savior, starting with the reason He was given that name. He died for me and for you in order that we would have eternal life with Him (1 Thessalonians 5:10). If nothing else, we can praise Him all day long for that heroic action.

If I tried to list all the reasons I have to praise the Lord all throughout this day, I would run out of space. We all have reasons to praise God whether our life is in shambles or we are on cloud nine. Let God use subtle reminders to redirect your heart towards praise. Think of reasons to offer praise, write them down, and join me in praising our Savior, not just right now, but all the day long.

“This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)