Praying Through the Names of God: A 40­-Day Devotional

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Day Thirty-Four: Yahweh Chelqi

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The Lord My Portion

The idea of our “portion” is weird to us in America. But in the ancient Hebrew culture you knew what the “portion” of the inheritance was at birth. Your portion depended upon your gender and your place in the birth order. As adopted children of God we have an inheritance that is given to us as soon as we are re-born. We are not just heirs of God, but we are co-heirs with Christ. We get the double-portion of inheritance only available to the first-born son!!

God not only gives us our portion, but God is our portion! In His presence we find true happiness and satisfaction. We find a desire for Him as well as a delight in being with Him.

Psalm 73:25-26

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Meditations

Have you valued the things God can do for you more than His presence in your life?

Repent of anytime you dismissed God’s presence because you were more interested in His presents.
Pray and ask Yahweh Chelqi for more of His presence in your life
Listen and think about where the Holy Spirit is showing you Yahweh Chelqi’s presence is in your life.
Meditate and imagine what Yahweh Chelqi means. What difference does it make that God is our inheritance?

Day Thirty-Three: Yahweh Raah

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The Lord My Shepherd

God frequently compares humans and sheep. There are many striking similarities, in fact, if we study the behaviors of sheep it will cause us to have more faith and trust in our shepherd Yahweh Raah.

One of the major themes of Yahweh Raah throughout scripture is that the Great Shepherd will make His sheep lie down. God promises in His Kingdom we will have rest, and surely this is part of the reason. But what is striking about the claim that God Himself will make His sheep lie down is the promise hidden inside that our human ears don’t hear. Sheep will never lie down unless they are free from all tension, aggravation, fear and hunger. When God promises to make His sheep lie down we rest knowing that our Shepherd meets every need we have!

Ezekiel 34:15-16a

“I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak.”

Meditations

Do you believe that God, known as Yahweh Rahh in scripture, can and will meet every need you have?

Repent of not lying down because you don’t trust Yahweh Rahh to remove your fears, relational discord, or hunger.
Pray and ask Yahweh Rahh to give you the faith to lie down and trust in His care for you.
Listen and think about how Yahweh Rahh is taking care of your needs even now. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal where God is taking care of you and you have not even noticed.
Meditate on Psalm 23. Think about all the work and care the shepherd puts in to take care of His sheep. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you how Yahweh Raah is putting that kind of care into taking care of you.

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