I am just like a kid in a candy store when I find a good book. I can’t get enough of it, and I have to tell EVERYBODY about it. (Smile)
I’ve had this book for a few years. It’s one that has been sitting on my coffee table lately, and I pick it up to read as the Spirit leads during my mornings with Him.
It’s called, Praying the Names of God, by Ann Spangler.
She writes: God tells us the antidote of worry is trust. He knows our limitations better than we do, realizing that when it comes to the future, we are living walking in the dark, unable to see past the minute we are living in. That’s why he tells us to trust in his name, to count on his ability to see the future and prepare us for it–whatever may happen.
….If you love his name, God will always hear your prayers. He will sooner or later help you find a way out of trouble. He will grant mercy enough for your failings. Loving God’s name means upholding his reputation be reflecting his character, by trusting him, and by praying in a way that acknowledges his nature–that he is full of power, love, goodness, and faithfulness. God’s name holds so many blessings for the faithful (trusting) that it’s no wonder the psalmist exhorts us to rejoice in God’s name all day long (see psalm 86:16-17) (p. 202,203 “trusting” my addition).
There have been many days when my lack of trust has not reflected His full power, love, goodness, and faithfulness. But one thing I’ve learned: It is so good to keep on keepin’ on, digging into who He is and petitioning for greater trust. He is getting me there. I’m sure I won’t get there until I’ve reached the other side of eternity, but I’ve found such peace in choosing to trust today.
If you’re wondering about the title, Shem is Hebrew for “name”, and ha is a definite article. So, Hashem means The Name. How cool is that? God is The Name. The Name above every name. The Name that Jesus glorified. The Name that is the Great I Am.
Hashem loves us.
Cry out His name.
…the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him (Psalm 32:10b).
Much grace and peace,