Church of England Diocese of Norwich Thelveton with Frenze

Names of God

The names of God

There are many names for God, depending on our situation when we call on him. Here are ten of the most well known. The English and Hebrew are not exact translations of each other, but they evoke the same spirit. The title for each section is taken from the Tree of Life. Either the English or the Hebrew can be used for meditation. Using the English tends to help with concentration, because we understand the meaning. Using the Hebrew tends to help us go beyond the meaning into the heart of God.

Christian meditation aims to empty the mind, so that it can be filled with God, through Jesus Christ.

Sit in a quiet place, with your spine as upright as possible.
Breathe quietly, and relax your body.
If distractions come notice them in a passive way, and let them go.

Quietly say the name of God.

IN THE BEGINNING
I Am YAWEH
My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation. Psalm 62 v 1

WISDOM
The Word YOD HEH, VAV HEH
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1 v 1

UNDERSTANDING
Wonderful Counsellor ELOHIM
The sum of your word is Truth. Psalm 119 v 160 .

MERCY
Father ABBA
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His loving kindness toward those who fear him. Psalm 103 v 11

SEVERITY
Mighty God ELOHIM GIBOR
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1 v 9

BEAUTY
Come, Lord Jesus MARANATHA
The spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Rev 22 v 17 .

ETERNITY
Everlasting Father YOD HEH, VAV HEH, ADONAI
For his faithfulness is from everlasting to everlasting.

SPLENDOUR
Servant King ELOHIM ADONAI
God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3 v 16

FOUNDATION
Mighty Saviour MESSIAH, ADONAI
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. Affirmation in Communion

KINGDOM
Prince of Peace EMMANUEL
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, for ever and ever. Coda to the Lord's Prayer