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"From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised," Psalm 113:3.

Heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God, majestic, wonderous, highly exalted and to be praised. Thank You for Your abundant blessings. Transform us into Your image as we gaze on You and praise Your name.

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 "God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

Exodus 3:14

Jehovah (YHWH) is one of the primary names of God. Scholar Charles Ryrie explains:


  • I AM WHO I AM, the inner meaning of Yahweh - "I am the ONE who is" - emphasizes God's dynamic and active self-existence. 
  • Yahweh, literally, YHWH, is the most significant name for God in the Old Testament, occuring 6,823 times in the O.T. and is especially associated with God's holiness, hatred of sin, and gracious provision of redemption. 


When we read, "God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM'; and He said, 'Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you,” we can't help but be reminded that just as God sent Moses to rescue the Israelites from bondage in Egypt; God sent Jesus to rescue us from bondage to sin. Yahweh, a holy, loving, redemptive, rescuing God. How we praise Him! 

YAHWEH, self-existent, dynamic I AM, we tremble at Your holiness and love for us. Rescuer, Savior, we worship and adore You with abounding thankfulness on our hearts. 

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Friends, few of you know the story of how 365 DAYS of PRAISE came into being. I'll be posting about it on my bi-monthly E-Devotional and think you will rejoice with me when you hear the story. If you're not signed up for my E-Devotional, you can sign up HERE. For those who already receive it, be sure to read it. It won't be my typical newspaper column. :)

And NOW - for our 365th DAY of PRAISE! Believe it or not, I'm having trouble deciding which to post. I still have SEVERAL that I haven't shared! However, I believe we'll do the oh so important Yahweh. 

This is the account of heaven and earth when they were created, at the time when Yahweh made earth and heaven.

Genesis 2:4

According to scholar Charles Ryrie, YAHWEH is the most significant name for God in the OT. Here is what He says about it. Yahweh," literally "YHWH," has a twofold meaning: the active, self-existent One (since the word is connected with the verb meaning 'to be,' (Ex 3:14); and Israel's Redeemer (Ex 6:6). The name occurs 6,823 times in the OT and is especially associated with God's holiness, His hatred of sin, and His gracious provision of redemption." Isn't it exciting that YAHWEH, our redeemer, who is holy beyond what we can envision and who hates sin, is our gracious redeemer!  

All PRAISE to YOU, YAHWEH, active, self-existent ONE! I sing Your praises and give You honor and praise now and forever!  Amen! 

Lord God, thank You for the opportunity to better know You in 2013. Now lead us in the ways You want us to go so that we better reflect Your name and bring You honor. Amen.