1.25.2015

the LORD God is:

A few months ago, a friend challenged me to read through the entire Bible in 90 days, twice in a row. I begun, and the journey was unbelievable. I'm so grateful God has provided me with so much time to focus on the Scriptures while I'm in China. Flying back to the states this past Friday (for the month-long Chinese New Year holiday), I came to the end of the Book, and found myself overwhelmed by God's steadfast love and faithfulness. 

One of the most impacting aspects of this journey through the Bible was a little list I created along the way. I call it an Identity List, specifically of God. Every time I read a passage, verse, or phrase that directly stated an aspect of who God is, I wrote it down with the general reference. I wanted to do this because I've realized, through personal reflection and teaching from others, that most, if not all, of our struggles with our calling, our choices, our emotions, and our own identity can only find their ultimate fulfillment in who God is. This makes sense too, because it not only takes the pressure off of us, but puts all the glory on God. So, here is my list, though not quite in sequential order. I hope it refreshes you and helps fix your minds on the Lord God! 

The Lord God is:
Psalm 3 – a shield, my glory, the lifter of my head
Psalm 4 – the God of my righteousness
Psalm 5 – my King and my God
Psalm 7 – the Most High
Psalm 8 – our Lord
Psalm 9 – a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble
Psalm 10 – King forever and ever
Isaiah 37 – the God of all the kingdoms of the earth, the Holy One of Israel, the Lord of hosts
Nehemiah 1 – the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love to those who love Him and keep His commandments
Exodus 34 – a God compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.
Psalm 11 – righteous
Psalm 16 – my chosen portion and my cup
Psalm 17 – Savior of those who seek refuge
Psalm 18 – my strength, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, perfect
 Isaiah 38 – the God of David
Psalm 19 – my rock and my redeemer
Psalm 22 – my help
Psalm 23 – my shepherd
Psalm 24 – the King of glory, strong and mighty, mighty in battle
Psalm 25 – good and upright
Psalm 27 – my light and my salvation, the stronghold of my life
Psalm 28 – my strength and my shield, the strength of His people, the saving refuge of His anointed
Psalm 31 – my rock and my fortress, my refuge, faithful God
Isaiah 40 – the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Isaiah 41 – the first, and with the last, the Holy One of Israel
Psalm 32 – a hiding place for me
Psalm 34 – near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit, good
Isaiah 43 – your Redeemer, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King, He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake
Psalm 40 – my deliverer
Psalm 42 – the God of my life
Psalm 43 – my exceeding joy
Psalm 46 – our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, with us, our fortress
Isaiah 44 – the first and the last, your Redeemer who formed you from the womb
Psalm 50 – the Mighty One, God the Lord
Psalm 54 – my helper, the upholder of my life
Isaiah 45 – a righteous God and a Savior
Psalm 59 – Lord God of hosts, God of Israel, O my strength, our shield
Psalm 62 – my rock and my salvation, my mighty rock, my refuge,
Isaiah 47 – Our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts, the Holy One of Israel,
Psalm 68 – the One of Sinai, the God of Israel, our salvation, Him who rides in the heavens the one who gives power and strength to his people
Isaiah 49 – the Lord your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob
Psalm 70 – my help and my deliverer, a rock of refuge, my fortress, my hope, my trust, He who took me from my mother’s womb
Genesis 17 – God Almighty
Genesis 21 – the Everlasting God
Genesis 24 – the God of Abraham
Genesis 49 – the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel
Exodus 15 – my strength and my song, a man of war, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders, your Healer
Exodus 17 – my Banner
Exodus 22 – compassionate
Exodus 29 – the Lord their God
Psalm 71 – a rock of refuge, my rock and my fortress, my hope, my trust, my strong refuge
Isaiah 54 – your husband, the Holy One of Israel, your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth
Deuteronomy 6 – one, a jealous God
Deuteronomy 7 – God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations, and repays to their face those who hate Him, by destroying them
Deuteronomy 9 – a consuming fire, God of gods and Lord of lords, the mighty, the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the fatherless and the widow and loves the sojourner, giving him food and water
Deuteronomy 32 – just and upright
1 Samuel 2 – a God of knowledge
Isaiah 57 – the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy
2 Samuel 7 – Lord of Hosts, God over Israel, God,
Isaiah 60 – your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty one of Jacob, your everlasting light, your glory, the Lord
Hebrews 1 – the Majesty on High
Hebrews 12 – the Judge of all
Psalm 7 – a righteous judge, a God who feels indignation every day
1 Kings 19 – the God of hosts
1 Kings 2 – the God of Elijah
2 Kings 19 – the God of all the kingdoms of the earth
1 Chronicles 16 – the Lord our God
Isaiah 26 – an everlasting rock
Isaiah 63 – our Father, our Redeemer from old
Isaiah 64 – our Father, our potter
Isaiah 65 – the God of truth
Nehemiah 8 – the great God
Nehemiah 9 – a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, our God, the great, the mighty and the awesome God
Job 9 – wise in heart and mighty in strength
Job 11 – manifold in understanding
Psalm 29 – the God of glory, king forever
Psalm 38 – my salvation
Psalm 42 – the living God
Psalm 44 – my King
Psalm 47 – the King of all the earth
Psalm 50 – Judge
Psalm 57 – God Most High
Psalm 59 – the God who shows me steadfast love
Psalm 68 – father of the fatherless and protector of widows, a God of salvation
Psalm 73 – the strength of my heart, the rock of my heart, my portion forever
Psalm 77 – the God who works wonders
Psalm 80 – the Shepherd of Israel
Psalm 83 – Most High over all the earth
Psalm 84 – Lord of hosts, my King and my God, a sun and shield
Psalm 86 – good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast loving to all who call on You, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in the steadfast love and faithfulness
Psalm 89 – the Holy One of Israel
Psalm 90 – our dwelling place in all generations
Psalm 91 – my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust
Psalm 94 – my stronghold, the rock of my refuge
Psalm 95 – the rock of our salvation, a great God, a great King, above all gods, our Maker
Psalm 97 – most high over all the earth, exalted far above all gods
Psalm 111 – gracious and merciful
Psalm 118 – my strength and my song, my salvation, cornerstone
Psalm 119 – my hiding place and my shield, your keeper, your shade on your right hand
Psalm 132 – the Mighty One of Jacob
Psalm 136 – the God of heaven
Psalm 140 – my Lord, the strength of my salvation
Psalm 144 – my steadfast love, my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge
Psalm 145 – gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, good to all, righteous in all His ways and loving toward all He has made, near to all who call on Him
Isaiah 57 – Holy
Isaiah 63 – our Father, our Redeemer from old
Jeremiah 3 – the salvation of Israel
Jeremiah 10 – the true God, the living God and the everlasting King
Jeremiah 14 – the hope of Israel
Jeremiah 17 – my praise
Jeremiah 23 – our righteousness
Jeremiah 32 – the God of all flesh
Jeremiah 50 – their habitation of righteousness, the hope of their fathers
Daniel 2 – God of gods, Lord of kings, revealer of mysteries
Hosea 11 – God, and not a man, the Holy One in your midst
Hosea 12 – the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord
Joel 2 – gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love
Joel 3 - a refuge to His people, a stronghold to the people of Israel
Amos 6 – the God of hosts
Jonah 4 – a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster
Micah 4 – the Lord of the whole earth
Micah 7 – the God of my salvation, a light to me
Nahum 1 – a jealous and avenging God, avenging and wrathful, good, a stronghold in the day of trouble
Habakkuk 1 – my God, my Holy One, O Rock
Habakkuk 3 – the God of my salvation, the Lord, my strength
Zephaniah 3 – the King of Israel, the Lord
Haggai 2 – the Lord of hosts
Malachi 1 – a great King
John 3 – true
John 8 – the light of the world
Matthew 6 – Our Father
Matthew 11 – Lord of heaven and earth
Matthew 26 – Power
Proverbs 2 – a shield to those who walk in integrity
Psalm 10 – King for ever and ever
Psalm 18 – the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless
Mark 11 – your Father who is in heaven
Luke 6 – kind to the ungrateful and the evil
Luke 8 – the Most High God
Luke 20 – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob
John 1 – the Word
John 3 – spirit
John 10 – greater than all
Psalm 76 – glorious, more majestic than the mountains of prey
Acts 7 – the God of glory, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob
Romans 1 - my witness
Romans 4 - Hom who justifies the ungodly
Romans 8 - He who searches hearts, He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all 
Romans 10 - Lord of all 
Psalm 103 - very great, clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as a garment 
Psalm 109 - God of my praise
Psalm 147 - abundant in power
Romans 15 - the God of endurance and encouragement, hope 
1 Corinthians 1 - faithful 
1 Corinthians 14 - a God of peace 
1 John 1 - light, faithful and just 
2 Corinthians 1 - the Father of mercies and God of all comfort 
2 Corinthians 3 - the Spirit 
2 Corinthians 4 - He who raised the Lord Jesus 
2 Corinthians 13 - the God of love and peace 
Galatians 1 - Him who called you in the grace of Christ, He who had set me apart before I was born and who called me by His grace 
Ephesians 1 - the Father of glory
Ephesians 3 - Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think
Philippians 4 - the God of peace, good, the God of gods
Psalm 136 - the Lord of lords, Him who alone does great wonders, Him who by understanding made the heavens, Him who spread out the earth above the waters, Him who made the great lights, Him who remembered us in our low estate, He who gives food to all flesh, the God of heaven
1 Timothy 1 - the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God
1 Timothy 4 - the Savior of all people 
Hebrews 3 - the builder of all things 
Hebrews 6 - not unjust 
Hebrews 8 - the Majesty 
Hebrews 13 - the great shepherd of the sheep 
James 1 - the Father of lights 
1 Peter 5 - the God of all grace 
1 John 4 - love 
Jude - Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, the only God, our Savior 
Revelation 1 - the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty
Revelation 4 - Holy, holy, holy
Revelation 15 - King of the nations
Revelation 22 - the God of the spirits of the prophets, their light 


... and far, far more. I pray this reminds you of two crucial truths: 1. God is the huge, unfathomable, Almighty Creator and King, and 2. God pursues you because He truly wants you. And that is enough to keep me thinking and wondering for a long time. Pray for Him to open your eyes to more of who He is. I promise that He will answer. 



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