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

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Day Seven: Rav Chesed

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God’s Abounding Love

Chesed is one of the words for of love in Hebrew. It involves loyalty, kindness, tenderness, mercy and responsibility for the welfare of the beloved.
Chesed does not depend on the response or the behavior of the recipient. Rather it wholly depends on the character and commitment of the giver.
God’s abounding love is not given to us because we are loveable or worthy. God loves us because it is the definition of His character. It is who He is.

Exodus 34:6

“The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.’”

Meditations

Do you have a hard time believing that Rav Chesed loves you the way the Bible says He loves you?

Repent of doubting that Rav Chesed loves you.
Pray and ask Rav Chesed to show you His abounding love for you in ways you can understand and receive.
Listen and think about what Rav Chesed’s abounding love really says about His character.
Meditate on whom God is calling you to love with chesed-like love that He gives you.

Day Six: El Hakkadosh

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God is Supreme Lord

The only attribute of God that is ever used three times in row is His holiness. In Hebrew that is an emphasis to an extraordinary proportion.
God is holy in perfection.
God’s holiness sets Him apart from everything else. He is above all sin and everything created. God’s holiness also makes Him dazzling, radiant and beautiful.

Ezekiel 39:7-8

"‘And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let My Holy Name be profaned anymore. And the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it is coming and it will be brought about,’ declares the Lord GOD. ‘That is the day of which I have spoken.’”

Meditations

Have you doubted the goodness of El Hakkadosh? His holiness reminds us of His goodness.

Repent of doubting that El Hakkadosh is truly good at all times.
Pray and ask El Hakkadosh to open your eyes to His holiness.
Listen and think about how El Hakkadosh’s holiness makes Him so trustworthy.
Meditate on the truth that our God is El Hakkadosh, a God perfect in holiness.

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