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The Name of the Lord

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My Name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].  – Psalm 91:14

All throughout Psalm 91 we are assured of God’s care and protection. Here at the beginning of verse 14 it is summed up very effectively: because we set our love on Him He delivers us. All of the previous verses are very specific about what that care and deliverance looks like. Here in verse 14 our covenant relationship with our Father is simply put  – “if you…then I”.  If we, through faith in His Word to us and His loving-kindness, purposefully place ourselves in His care, then He accomplishes all that He has promised on our behalf.

And our faith and trust in Him is entirely informed by our understanding of His character; His great desire for a loving, intimate relationship with us (Ephesians 2:4), and how He has revealed Himself throughout His Word. Our Father leaves us in no doubt as to His intentions in the lives of men. He expects, in fact delights in, His children taking Him at His Word; He requires that of us (Hebrews 10:38). When He reveals Himself to us through the names He calls Himself, we are to know and understand Him in the light of that revelation.  We are to daily rely on Him to fulfill those roles in our lives, for they reveal His very nature, His desire to be known and understood in those ways.

We are told concerning the Name of God:

…Your Name is near and they who invoke Your Name rehearse Your wonders. (Psalm 75:1){Emphasis mine}

And they who know Your Name {who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy} will lean on and confidently put their trust in You… (Psalm 9:10) {Emphasis mine}

The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the {consistently} righteous man {upright and in right standing with God} runs into it and is safe, high {above evil} and strong. (Proverbs 18:10)

As our Father lovingly reveals Himself to us through His Names, our firm expectation is that He will indeed be Who He says He is and be faithful to that revelation. That is the faith that receives each and every one of these promises.

He is Jehovah, meaning the Lord Who reveals Himself. Each compound Name of Jehovah is the rock we securely stand on, the tower of safety we daily inhabit.

Jehovah-Jirah – The Lord Who reveals Himself as our Provider (Genesis 22:14)

Jehovah-Rapha – The Lord Who reveals Himself as our Healer (Exodus 15:26)

Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord Who reveals Himself as our banner, our protection, our deliverance, the One Who causes us to win (Exodus 17:5)

Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is there (Ezekiel 48:35)

Jehovah-Raah – The Lord Who reveals Himself as my Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)

Jehovah-Tsidkenu – The Lord is my Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5-6; Romans 3:22)

Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – The Lord Who sanctifies you (Leviticus 20:7-8; 1 Peter 1:15-16)

 

  So, because you are in Christ, because you trust in God’s Word to you, you are a winner – provided for, healed, protected and delivered from harm, shepherded through life by the loving hand of the Lord, sanctified and made righteous because the Lord is there for you in every area of your walk before Him. Now that is worthy of praise!

Here is where your personal knowledge of His mercy, love, and kindness begins. By taking Him at His Word and by expecting that He is Who He says He is.

[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! (Ephesians 3:19)

 And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him. (1 John 4:16)

 

 

 

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A Better Covenant

Plumbing the depth of any verse of Scripture is the process of allowing the Word of God to transform us into His image; to re-create our perception of what it TRULY means to be a child of God – protected, loved, and knowledgeably handling the Truth and authority of the keys of the Kingdom (Matthew 16:19).

God’s Word is “alive, active, energizing, and effective” (Hebrews 4:12).  It changes situations, attitudes, misconceptions, and the purposeful, evil intent of the enemy. There is a self-fulfilling power in the Word spoken forth in faith (Isaiah 61:11- AMP). The faithful application of God’s Word into this physical realm is the altering force for good (Numbers 23:19, Isaiah 55:11, Jeremiah 1:12).

Taking our Father at His Word “makes tremendous power available {dynamic in its working} (James 5:16).  And so, as we continue to look at Psalm 91:13 we embark on another opportunity to adjust perceived reality in favor of Kingdom Truth.

 You shall tread upon the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot. (Psalm 91:13) 

Throughout the Old Testament our Father’s promises to His people, His covenant with Israel, involved loving provision, protection, and prosperity:

…no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper… this {peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition} is the heritage of the servant of the Lord {those in whom the Ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced}… (Isaiah 54:17)

And throughout the history of their rebellion and disobedience against His rightful place as Creator and Lord (Isaiah 31:6), His response was always forgiveness and the re-establishment of covenant (Isaiah 30:15). Our Father’s desire has always been to extend mercy and “satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us” (Ephesians 2:4).

So we “own” the promise of Psalm 91:13 and add to it the praise-worthy, supernatural work of the cross. In the Old Testament covenant a man’s faith in God’s promises, His Word, enabled Heaven’s response of protection from harmful forces. Trust and reliance on God’s ability, and obedience to the covenant’s expectations, received the promise of protection from harm.  Through our new and better covenant (Hebrews 7:22) a believer’s faith in all that Jesus accomplished on our behalf demonstrates the recognition that evil, and all of its accompanying woes, has been utterly defeated. Satan has no ability to, in any way, harm us. Trust and reliance on the sacrificial work of Jesus establishes that reality.

{God} disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it {the cross} (Colossians 2:15)

…by {going through} death He might bring to nought and make of no effect him who had the power of death – that is, the devil- (Hebrews 2:14)

Jesus has given us absolute authority in this:

Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and {physical and mental strength and ability} over all the power that the enemy {possesses}; and nothing shall in any way harm you. (Luke 10:19)

Think how life changing and perception altering this truly is. Trusting and relying on God through the old covenant meant they were enabled to trample on and defeat the enemy. Within the new and better covenant he is already defeated and our faith and trust in that truth seals the deal! The enemy may harm and hinder, “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10) the lost, but his ability to harm God’s children – those who trust in the saving work of Jesus – is forever undone.

We know {absolutely} that anyone born of God does not {deliberately and knowingly} practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him {Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil}, and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch {him}.  We know positively that we are of God, and the whole world {around us} is under the power of the evil one. (1 John 5:18-19)

 

  

 

 

Jehovah – Rohi

After teaching us (comforting us) in John 10:10 that He came so we may “have and enjoy life and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows), Jesus speaks of His role as the Good Shepherd Who lays down His own life for the sheep (verses 11 and 15). We see the first reference for God as our Shepherd in Genesis 48:15:

…God {Himself} Who has {been my Shepherd and has led and } fed me from the time I came into being until this day

After this He refers to Himself as Shepherd 80 more times throughout the Word.

As a shepherd tends his sheep, our Abba guides us, leads and feeds us, protects us from harm and comforts us. Jehovah-Rohi (also seen as Jehovah- Ra’ah) is the Self-Existent One Who reveals Himself as my Friend, my Shepherd Who demonstrates a tender caring, a watchful protection.

Strong’s Concordance gives the extended definition of “Shepherd” as “to tend a flock, to pasture it, to rule, to associate with (as with a friend, a companion)”. The definitive explanation and demonstration of all that God’s shepherding provides for is found in Psalm 23. His all-encompassing care for the sheep includes the parameters – the characteristics, the promises – which all of His Self-identifying Names offer to us.

Verse 1 – The Lord is my Shepherd (Jehovah – Rohi)
I shall not want (Jehovah – Jireh)
(You provide mw with all that I need)

verse 2 – He leads me beside quiet waters (Jehovah – Shalom)
(You are my Peace)

Verse 3 – He refreshes and restores my life (Jehovah – Rapha)
(You are my Healer)

Verse 3 – He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake (Jehovah-Tsidkenu)
(You are my righteousness)

Verse 4 – I will fear or dread no evil for You are with me (Jehovah-Shammah)
(You are ever present)

Verse 5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies (Jehovah-Nissi)
(You are the banner of protection I stand under)

Verse 5 – You anoint my head with oil(Jehovah-M’Kaddesh)
(You sanctify me)

Fully understanding His Names unveils all that our Abba wants to provide for us. We have a good and wonderful Father Whose extraordinary love for His kids is discovered through the Names He calls Himself. And those Names address all of life’s contingencies. Let your faith rest on the promises that His Names reveal.

Jehovah – Rapha

Immediately after the Lord led Israel through the parted Red Sea and then caused the death of their pursuers – the Egyptians, their horses and chariots (Exodus 14:28) – He established covenant with His people, revealing Himself as our Physician:

Exodus 15:26 – …If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.

I AM the Lord Who heals you {Jehovah-Rapha – the Self-Existent One Who reveals Himself as our Healer}. As with all of His Names – His Self-identifying Names – our Father reveals here yet another aspect of His character, His covenant with His people, His purpose in our lives. When He speaks to us through each of these Names He is promising that we can absolutely rely on the manner in which He identifies Himself to us. He does not lie (Numbers 23:19), He does not fabricate, He does not exaggerate. To His children who, through faith, stand and rely on His Word, He is the Great Physician Who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people. He is our healing.

Strongs Concordance explains Jehovah-Rapha as “to mend by stitching, to cure, to cause to heal, physician, repair, thoroughly make whole, restore, to make healthful, to bring back to baby fresh”. When He promises:

You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst. {Exodus 23:25}

…Who heals each one of all your diseases…{Psalm 103:3},

are you “fully persuaded and assured” that He is “able and mighty to keep His Word and to do what He has promised” {Romans 4:21}?

We receive by faith what God has promised. Each one of His identifying Names reveals to us what we are able to stand in faith for. It is His revealed will. As we understand the scope and full implications of what He extends to His children, we can walk in the fullness of the freedom that each of His Names provide. Since He has revealed Himself as Jehovah-Rapha our Healer, sickness and disease is viewed in an entirely different light. When you allow this paradigm shift to happen in your spirit, when you recognize the author of the sickness (the author of the storm), and when you fully own your rights as a child of God and citizen of the heavenly kingdom (Philippians 3:20) – daily walking in divine health will be your result.

Jehovah-M’Kaddesh

Very much like the concept of righteousness, holiness intimidates! Many have a sense of unworthiness when they ponder being used by God. Often aware of perceived shortcomings, areas in their lives that need attention and fixing, they judge themselves undeserving to be of service to, to make a major impact for, the kingdom of God.

And yet the Lord tells us that HE makes us worthy; HE makes us holy and creates within us the qualifications for effective service. Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – The Self-Existent One Who makes you holy, Who sets you apart for His use, Who sanctifies you, God our holiness. As with all of His Names, it reveals to us the role that our Abba intends to accomplish in our lives, the character and moral standing He establishes within us, the qualifications for service He proclaims to be true.

Leviticus 20:8 – And you shall keep My statutes and do them. I am the Lord Who sanctifies you.

Strong’s Concordance offers a full picture of “sanctify” – “to be or to make clean (ceremonially or morally), to consecrate, dedicate, hallow, to keep holy, to purify; sacred; a sanctuary, a sacred place”. M’Kaddesh refers to the sanctified parts of the temple, those areas set apart for the worship of God. Now, in Christ, we are that temple and the indwelling Holy Spirit is our Sanctifier.

Exodus 19:6 speaks to the nation of Israel:

And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests. a holy nation {consecrated, set apart to the worship of God}…

and 1 Peter 2:9 speaks similar affirmation to the church:

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, {God’s} own purchased special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The attribute of holiness is something that God has established in you – it is a characteristic of kingdom citizenship. Through your faith in Jesus, God looks at you and sees the holiness of His Son. The words of Jesus reveal that Truth.

John 17:17-19 – Sanctify them {purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy} by Truth. Your Word is Truth. Just as you sent Me into the world I also have sent them into the world. And so for their sake and on their behalf I sanctify (dedicate, consecrate) Myself, that they also may be sanctified (dedicated, consecrated, made holy) in the Truth.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 – And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through {separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God}… Faithful is He Who is calling you to Himself and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it {fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you}.

Again, as we fully comprehend the meaning of His Names, we rest assured of who we are in Christ and the devices of the enemy to rob us of that faith-strengthening identity are defeated.

Jehovah – Nissi

Proverbs 18:10 – The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the {consistently} righteous man {upright and in right standing with God} runs into it and is safe, high {above evil} and strong.

Remember Jehovah-Tsidkenu? As a child of God, in Christ, you are a member of the family of God, identified as “consistently righteous”. God is, He becomes for us, our righteousness. So, understanding what each of His Names accomplishes on our behalf through our faith, our absolute acceptance of His Truth, causes that Name to become our strong tower! We run into the promise of all that Name implies, and our Father performs (creates, establishes) that on our behalf.

Jehovah-Nissi – The Self-Existent One Who Reveals Himself as our Banner, our Standard of Victory (our Focal Point). Jehovah-Nissi is first spoken of in Exodus 17:15. The Israelites were battling Amalek. Moses stood on a hill above the battle and held up the rod of God:

When Moses held up his hand Israel prevailed, and when he lowered his hand Amalek prevailed.(Exodus 17:11)

When his arms grew weary holding up the rod in the air, he was aided on either side by Aaron and Hur. As the rod of God remained lifted high over the battle, Israel ultimately prevailed.

And Moses built an alter and called the name of it, the Lord is my Banner. And he said, Because theirs is a hand against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. (Exodus 17:15-16)

As with all of our Abba’s Names, when we recognize all of its implications for our life in the Spirit, we are strengthened, comforted, and re-created by its Truth. Today, any issue, any situation, anything that lifts its hand against the throne of the Lord in the life of a child of God must contend with Jehovah-Nissi! When our faith allows us to rely on that Truth our understanding builds resolve to accept nothing less than God’s standard and victory.

Psalm 60:4 – {But now} You have set up a banner for those who fear and worshipfully revere You {to which they may flee from the bow}; a standard displayed because of the Truth. Selah {pause, and calmly think of that}!

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “standard” as “that which is established by sovereign power as a rule or measure by which others are to be adjusted”. Recognizing the Truth that God (and His ways of doing and being right) is our standard, we resolve that everything else in our life must adjust itself to that heavenly reality. He is Jehovah-Nissi – our Banner, our Standard, our Plumb Line. Our identity, our expectations, our ultimate peace is all wrapped up in this revelation.

Strong’s Concordance explains “standard” as – “to make (cause) to flee away, to put to flight, to hide; to lift up a standard”. He is our Standard, causing the enemy to flee away from us (James 4:7). He puts him to flight as we stand in faith upon His Name! He hides us in righteousness! The standard of the Lord is our hiding place! And He establishes that through the power of His Name – Jehovah-Nissi!

Isaiah 59:19 – So {as the result of the Messiah’s intervention } they shall {reverently} fear the Name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will life up a standard against him and put him to flight {for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives).

Jehovah-Jireh

The word “provision”, or “provider”, is so all-encompassing when it comes to our walk with God. It truly interacts with all of His promises, and all of His redemptive Names. Our Abba is always there(Jehovah-Shammah); He is our righteousness (Jehovah-Tsidkenu) and our peace (Jehovah-Shammah). And He is our constant Provider (Jehovah-Jireh). He provides for us that which He has promised according to our faith.

Originally from the Latin (“providere”), it means “to look ahead, to prepare, to supply, a providing beforehand, the action of arranging in advance”. What a comforting realization. God sees our need ahead of time and is the Supplier of that need. We will never have a need that our Father doesn’t know about. He provides the work of our hands, the food for our bodies, the wisdom for our decisions, the path we are to take, our shelter, our giftings, and the Word that establishes us in His promises. He has sent the Holy Spirit to teach, guide, and enable us, and the Son to die on our behalf and restore us back into His grace! He is a good and loving Father Who provides everything that we need that pertains to life and godliness. (2Peter 1:3)

Being made in His image, we, as parents, are filled with the desire to provide the very best for our children. From healthy food to steady guidance, from the creation of a loving home to moral training, most parents hover gently and carefully over their children. There is, however, a release into life when they reach maturity. The love is still there, the prayers and counsel are still there, but the constant provision of parental responsibility diminishes.

Not so with our Father. As we mature and our faith strengthens the role that His provision plays in our lives becomes more and more evident. The more we lean on and rely on Him, the greater His hand in our lives, the greater manifestation of His blessings, the more evident His miracles, signs and wonders; the more we mature in Him, the more we rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Jehovah-Jireh (the Self-Existent One Who reveals Himself as being our Provider), is first spoken of in Genesis 22:14 after He provided the sacrificial animal to take the place of Isaac. Throughout the Word He is revealed as the Faithful Caretaker and Provider of all that His people needed. And not simply life-sustaining needs:

…God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for {our} enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6:17)

He delights in the prosperity of His servants. (Psalm 35:27) He attends to both our needs and our desires. (Psalm37:4, Psalm 103:5) He knows ahead of time what is coming up and what will be needed for each eventuality.
It is better, more beneficial, with a far better outcome, to rely on the Name of the Lord, and all that Name promises, than to rely on our own ability, our own resources, and our own understanding.

Lean on, trust in and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight and understanding. In all your ways, know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

And will lovingly provide everything that you need every step of the way!

Jehovah-Shalom – Part Two

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts {deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state} to which as {members of Christ’s} one body you were also called {to live}. And be thankful (appreciative) {giving praise to God always}. (Colossians 3:15)

Such powerful instruction in this Scripture! It is our daily directive to let peace rule in our hearts; to let it decide and “settle with finality” every question, every life choice, we face. We are called to live in a continually peaceful state. Making a determination, establishing a permanent resolution in your heart, that the Truth and “alive and active power” of God’s Word (Hebrews 4:12) is your forever compass and that peace is God’s promise, His provision, to you, will overcome worldly obstacles, inner turmoil and doubts, and the enemy’s tactics in your walk of faith.

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace {shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace} which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

It so indicative of the vital importance of this aspect of kingdom life that when Jesus came upon His disciples after the resurrection, His first words to them were “Peace to you“. (John 20:19, 21, 26) In some of His final instructions to them just prior to His arrest and crucifixion He said:

Peace I leave with you; My {own} peace I now give and bequeath to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. {Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled}. (John 14:27)

He has the peace to give us – He is the peace we are to walk in, and the determination to receive and constantly dwell there is ours.

You will guard and keep him in constant peace whose mind {both its inclination and its character} is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. (Isaiah 26:3)

His perfect and constant peace is yours as your “mind {both its inclination and character}” is focused on God. Peace (tranquility of heart and life continually – Numbers 6:26) is your portion. It is the process of believing that to be true that will inform your thoughts and behavior. Jehovah-Shalom is our peace. We dwell in that peace as He dwells in us. Our Lord has already conquered the forces that would try to rob us of that peace (John 16:33, Colossians 2:15). To “know and understand His Name” – (Psalm91:14)” is the key. You have His Word on it, and all that Jesus did to purchase it. Let God’s peace define your day and shape your future – it is your birthright.

Jehovah – Shalom – Part One

Peace is a commodity in short supply in the world today – between nations, among men, and within ourselves. Peace is elusive, very often non-existent and unattainable, and frequently unrecognizable in human hearts. People don’t know how to get there from here! How does one achieve peace in a life and maintain it? How does one live in that peaceful state that is permanently free from “fear, agitating passions and moral conflicts”? (1 Peter 3:11)

Peace is meant to be a foundational characteristic of kingdom life. It is a powerful witness to the world of what life in Christ, life in the Spirit, is meant to look like. Our right standing with God, Who is our righteousness (Jehovah-Tsidkenu) should result in the pre-eminence of Jehovah-Shalom (The Lord is Peace, the Lord our Peace, the Self-Existent One Who Reveals Himself as being our Peace) in our hearts, our behavior, and our expectations.

Strong’s Concordance defines “shalom” as “well, happy, welfare, prosperity, peace, great good health, rest, safety, to be complete, sound, absence from strife, tranquil wholeness.” A powerful working definition of “shalom” is “nothing missing, nothing broken”. And “nothing missing, nothing broken” certainly creates and demonstrates “tranquil wholeness”! This is a picture for God’s kids of how they are to approach and experience every moment of life. All of that is our rightful heritage in Jesus, but we must recognize that and allow it to prevail through our faith.

Jesus is revealed to us as the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), and He purchased that peace for us on the cross:

Isaiah 53:5 – …the chastisement {needful to obtain} peace and well-being for us was upon Him and with the stripes {that wounded} Him we are healed and made whole.

Peace is the fruit of the Holy Spirit living in us (Galatians 5:22). Peace comes from the correct recognition of His Presence within. Tuned into His ministry on our behalf, submitted to His guidance, and fully aware of the Truth concerning His life in us – peace prevails. It is vitally important not to give only mental assent to this Truth – we must not only know it, we must act on it. Let the Word:

…have its home {in your hearts and minds} and dwell in you in {all its richness} (Colossians 3:16)

and:

…be doers of the Word {obey the message}, and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves {into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth} (James 1:22)

Therefore, do not permit any other attitude or misconception to alter this Truth for you – God lives in you and He wants to only do you good (Romans 8:28) When you grab ahold of that Truth you grab ahold of peace and accept nothing less.

Ultimately, then, we choose peace in the same way that we choose to believe all aspects of God’s Word – healing, provision and prosperity, wisdom, forgiveness, righteousness, holiness, Holy Spirit baptism. God has provided, we need to believe and receive.
It is His Word, received in faith and acted on, that results in peace.

John 16:33 – I have told you these things so that in Me you may have {perfect} peace and confidence. In this world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer {take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted}! For I have overcome the world {I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.}

Jehovah – Tsidkenu

The concept of “righteousness” is a little like the concept of “holiness”. We don’t feel worthy of the title! The Amplified Bible offers us an extended understanding of the meaning of “righteousness”:

Romans 14:17 – …that state which makes a person acceptable to God.

James 3:18 – conformity to God’s will in thought and deed.

2 Peter 3:13 – uprightness, freedom from sin, and right standing with God.

I have heard people speak of not deserving salvation or not being ready yet to receive Jesus as Lord because there are aspects of their life which still render them not worthy of being His disciple; not yet being acceptable to God. God is our righteousness. Our Father’s Word {Jesus – John 1:1) teaches and comforts us in this knowledge:

1 Corinthians 1:30 – It is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus Whom God made our wisdom from God {revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as} our righteousness {thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God}

2 Corinthians 5:21 – For our sake He made Christ {virtually} to be sin Who knew no sin so that in and through Him we might become {endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of} the righteousness of God

He becomes for us Jehovah-Tsidkenu – The Self-Existent One Who reveals Himself as being our Righteousness. How like our loving Abba to clearly express expectation of how we are to live and then work in us to accomplish it (Hebrews 13:21). What He expects of His children He becomes for His children! Jehovah-Shammah becomes Jehovah-Tsidkenu for us.

The first Scriptural reference for this Name of God is in Jeremiah 23:5-6. It is a prophetic passage speaking of Jesus:

Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch (Sprout), and He will reign as King and do wisely and will execute justice and righteousness in the land. In His day Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell safely, and this is His Name by which He shall be called: the Lord our Righteousness.

{According to Strong’s Concordance, the root word for “tsidkenu” is “Tsedek” or Tsedeq” meaning “to be stiff, straight, righteous, to be or make right in a moral sense, to cleanse, to be just.}

Romans 3:21-22 – But now, the righteousness of God has been revealed…namely the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah.) {And it is meant for all who believe, for there is no distinction.} What is spoken of in Jeremiah 23 – “Behold the days are coming” is now revealed in Romans 3.

You are righteous, in right standing with God, because of your faith in Jesus. Yes, once we are born again there will be much fine-tuning of our walk in the Spirit. As we study the Word and learn of His expectations, and as we listen to our Teacher and Guide, the Holy Spirit, we will discard old habits, misconceptions and attitudes and follow after His ways of doing and being right, but our righteousness is never something we accomplish. We are righteous in God’s sight simply and only because Jesus is our Lord. He establishes us in righteousness the moment we are born again. We don’t expend energy trying to get righteous for we already are. Allow the Word to edify and comfort you in this. He is worthy of our full understanding of all that He has done for us. He is worthy of our praise!