Today my son came running up to me and said, “You’re Josiah?” “Yep,” I said, “but you can call me daddy!”
I don’t want my son calling me by my first name, I want him to call me daddy, or dad. It’s more meaningful for my son to call me something more personal than my name. I think God might feel the same way.
God has a lot of names
- Jehovah-Tsidkenu – Jehovah our righteousness
- Jehovah-M-Keddesh – Jehovah who sanctifies
- Jehovah-Shalom – Jehovah is peace
- Jehovah-Shammah – Jehovah is there
- Jehovah-Rophe – Jehovah heals
- Jehovah-Jireh – Jehovah’s provision shall be seen
- Jehovah-Nissi – Jehovah my banner
- Jehovah-Rohi – Jehovah my shepherd
And there’s more than just these.
All of these names are special and mean different things. It’s good for us to know these name and call Him by these names when it’s appropriate. But He wants us to be more personal than that.
When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, He started by telling them to pray “Our Father.” (Matthew 6) When we talk to God, He likes us to acknowledge that He is our father. He wants to be called daddy.
Just like it’s more meaningful for my son to call me daddy instead of Josiah, it’s meaningful for us to call God father, or daddy. It’s important to know the names of God listed above, and it’s important to use them, but God wants to know that He’s daddy.