Holy is the Name of the Lord

Monday, October 24

10-24aBy Ward Serig of Pensacola, Florida, USA

Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel said: “Blessed be the name of God from age to age, for wisdom and power are his. …He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him.”

—Daniel 2:19–20, 22 NRSV

God of Shalom, eternal Presence, God of networks, we connect with you. Faithful God, whispering God, merciful God, God of the vulnerable, God of enduring love, we respond to your love.

Divine Presence, Creator God, God of hope, God of the oppressed, free us now.

Stronghold in times of trouble, God of the universe, God within our hearts, burden-lifting God, listening God, God of the open doors, welcome us home.

God of wisdom and knowledge, God of the downpour, God of the mist, healing and compassionate God, Center, Rock, Pillar, Root.

As I studied the images of God expressed in the prayers for peace in the 2012 Daily Bread, these were among the ways used to address God in January alone. Scanning the prayers for the rest of the year, I note more than 140 terms, trying to portray God’s nature. Perhaps the title which best summed it up was used February 29, “God of Many Names.”

I find that often I spend as much time meditating on the character of God expressed in the daily prayer as on the message of the article itself. I am grateful for my faith in a God whose nature is beyond all description and human understanding and yet is intensely personal and involved in all creation.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty!

Prayer for Peace YHWH, unpronounceable, indescribable, and mysterious God, we dare utter your name. Love has overcome our fear of the unknown. Love reaches out and inspires our words of praise. We do not try to capture your essence, holy One, but to ponder your limitless presence.

Spiritual Practice: Many Names of God In many languages, God’s name contains “ahh,” a sound we make when we breathe out or sigh. Our prayer will use the aah names for God with a gentle arm movement that opens us to God’s presence. Begin with hands in front of you at chest level and move them up and in a large arc or circle as you breathe out each name for God.

You may speak the name of God or find a single musical note to hold or chant as you sing God’s name. Pray or sing each name several times, as you call on the God of many names: Yahweh, Adonai, Jehovah, Yeshua, Sophia, Allah, Alpha, Omega, Abba. Say or sing “amen” to close.

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will call to you with my heart, knowing you will hear and respond.

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  1. John Bonney

     /  24 October 2014

    Great, Bro. Serig. Good stuff.

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