I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart;
I will sing your praises before the gods.
I bow before your holy Temple as I worship.
I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness;
for your promises are backed
by all the honor of your name.
As soon as I pray, you answer me;
you encourage me by giving me strength.
Psalm 138:1-3 NLT
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This Thanksgiving, take time to reflect on and praise the character of God. The following exercise from Designed to Pray by Kelley O’Dell Stanley will help you do just that. Enjoy!
The Many Names of God
For who is God except the lord? Who but our God is a solid rock?
God is my strong fortress, and he makes my way perfect.
He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
2 Samuel 22:32-34 NLT
Over the years, I’ve noticed multiple sides to my husband. There’s the childlike, fun-loving side—sort of like the character played by Tom Hanks in Big.
There’s the serious, strict side, which my kids see from time to time.
There’s the vulnerable side (he may or may not need tissues to watch The Land Before Time).
There’s the strong side (he can open any jar of pickles, carry big bags of water-softener salt to the basement, and kill spiders).
There’s the spiritual side (there’s nothing like seeing your man pray with your children).
There’s the tender side (he still constantly tells me I’m beautiful—and means it—even after twenty-five years of marriage).
And there’s the generous side (anything he has, including his time and expertise, he will offer to you if he knows you need it).
Certain aspects are more noticeable at different points in time, but all of them come together to make him who he is.
The Bible includes many different names of God.
When I try to fathom the full picture—all the aspects that each name represents—it makes my brain hurt because I’m just not equipped for such magnitude.
And yet, just as I’ve experienced with Tim, I understand that my love for God is more full when I am aware that He’s multifaceted. He is the sum total of all of His names, simultaneously, through and through.
DIRECTIONS: Read and reflect on the meaning of the following names for God, and then think through your prayer list. Match each person to the facet of God that most meets his or her needs and write the person’s name on the line. Mention the facet of God as you pray for him or her.
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