You know this is pretty cool being able to talk to You whenever I want. I’m not sure what to call You though, should I call you Jehovah, or God, or Dad? Since I’m only 12 years old I guess I should call you Dad. Well, you’re still God and Jehovah, but you’re also my Dad. I don’t know, but anyway…
I read the Bible and study a lot about You and Jesus every day because You’re awesome, but I guess I missed about Immanuel, the one in Isa 7:14, that He’s Jesus and the king of Israel and the Messiah, the Savior of the world (Isa 9:6-7).
But this is kind of confusing because even though Jesus hadn’t been born at that time, You were there and You and Jesus is the same (1 Jn 5:5; Jn 10:30). But I guess I shouldn’t be confused or anything because You’re God, and I know You can do anything (Matt 19:26; Mk 10:27; Lk 18:27), and create anything that we can’t even imagine (Isa 64:4; 1 Cor 2:9).
1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
“I will praise thee” – the “I” is probably the nation praising the Lord for the deliverance He is sure to bring.
2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
“The Lord JEHOVAH” – two Hebrew forms for the personal name of God are given: the first is “Yah.” The name JEHOVAH was probably pronounced “Yahweh.”
3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
“Wells” – perhaps an allusion to God’s abundant provision of water for Israel during the wilderness wanderings (cf Ex 15:25, 27). But here God’s future saving act is itself the “well” from which Israel will draw life-giving water (see Ps 36:9; Jer 21:13; Jn 4:10).
4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
“Cry out and shout” – these two imperatives occur again in 54:1, where Zion rejoices over the restoration of other people.
Do you know God’s name?
Does He want you to know it?
Think about this for a second … what is the first thing you do when introduced to someone? After a customary greeting, it is likely that you exchange names. In most cases this is just the beginning of getting to know someone.
It is exactly the same with God:
And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations (Ex 3:13-15).
And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them (Ex 6:2-3).
God also introduced Himself to His prophet Isaiah:
I am the LORD: that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images (Isa 42:8).
Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength (Isa 26:4).
That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth (Ps 83:18).
In fact in the original writings of the Bible, God’s name, Jehovah, is present more than six thousand times! His name is even embedded within the personal names of many early worshipers, like Elijah (Jah) which translates “My God is Jehovah.”
Or words like Hallelujah (Jah) which means “praise Jehovah all you people.” With some research you can also find God’s name in other ancient writings, and archaeological finds such as coins etc.
Jehovah is God’s name as revealed through the Bible.
God is not a nameless, distant entity, beyond knowing or understanding. Although we cannot see Him with our eyes, He is a person, and He has a name.
The ancient Hebrew did not include vowels. So the name always appeared as YHWH. It is transliterated in Hebrew as YAHWEH. In English it is JEHOVAH.