Session 7

God is our Lord

From What is God Like? A 21-Day Devotional

Today, many parents name children based on what’s popular or what sounds good, without much meaning beyond a nod to a family member or friend. But in biblical times, a name was important. Often, much of a person’s character, experience, and outlook was affected by their name.

God had multiple names which expressed important aspects of Him to His people. God’s people in Old Testament times understood the power, importance, and impact of God’s names.

In 2 Samuel 7:18-23, King David calls God “Adonai,” which means master and Lord. David, a respected and powerful king, acknowledges that his greatness before man is nothing compared to the greatness of God. In calling God “Adonai,” David is acknowledging God’s sovereignty. God alone has all authority and all power. He is able to do anything, and He’s always right.

God showed this side of Himself to Israel by making a way for His people to escape captivity and settle in a new land (2 Samuel 7:23). And just as God performed great and awesome wonders for Israel, He’s done the same for us.

God made a way for us to be in relationship with Him by sending His Son, Jesus, to pay for our sins. When we accept Jesus as our savior, we also acknowledge God as “Adonai,” our master and Lord (Matthew 10:32).

As we move into a relationship with God, we are established as His people and like Israel, we become His people forever (2 Samuel 7:24). This recognition changed David, and it changes us. David saw himself as a servant whose job was to bring God’s glory. Like David, when we know God as “Adonai,” the focus of our lives shifts from serving ourselves to serving God and others.

Reflect:

  • What does it say about God’s power that a king of David’s stature made himself a servant to God?
  • How does seeing God as “Adonai” change your understanding of His character?
  • Would you consider yourself a servant of God? Why or why not?

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Session 1

God is Jehovah

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Session 2

God is merciful

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Session 3

God is just

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Session 4

God is infinite

Imagine yourself on a sandy white beach, ankle-deep in crystal blue ocean water with a teaspoon in your hand. Now fill the teaspoon with ...

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Session 5

God is love

Our culture is obsessed with love. Romance novels and movies teach us that love should make us feel good and we should do whatever it tak...

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Session 6

God is awesome

Have you ever passed a police officer parked on the side of the road and felt the need to check your speed limit and sort of make sure yo...

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Session 7

God is our Lord

Today, many parents name children based on what’s popular or what sounds good, without much meaning beyond a nod to a family member or fr...

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Session 8

God is our Father

Have you ever had a relationship with someone that made you feel special? People with “connections” get special treatment. They might get...

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Session 9

God is God almighty

As a child, there is no hesitation in asking our parents to provide for our needs and wants. God wants us to come to him in the same way....

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Session 10

God is our banner

Sometimes God’s promises to us involve a fight. We have to fight to keep our focus on Him, fight to move towards the promise we know God ...

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Session 11

God is our healer

The Bible describes God as Jehovah-Rophe (or Jehovah-Rapha) more than 60 times. Jehovah means “God” and Rophe or Rapha means “to restore,...

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Session 12

God is peace

In Judges 6:11-24 Gideon’s hiding away, head down, working hard. Many of us could say the same about our day to day. How often do we toil...

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Session 13

God is our provider

Have you ever sat at the dining table and wondered which bill could be late so your lights would not be turned off? What about sitting in...

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Session 14

God is holy

In fact, God wants you to be different — and not just in personality and personal likes and dislikes. But to understand how each of us ar...

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Session 15

God is wrathful (and that’s a good thing)

We don’t like to think about God’s wrath. “Wrath” makes us think of uncontrolled tempers and impending punishments. It’s difficult to ass...

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Session 16

God is full of grace

Grace can be a tough concept to grasp. God is often described as gracious, but what does that mean for us? We sing about it, we read abou...

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Session 17

God is our comforter

The doctor walks in with a pained face and a positive cancer diagnosis. A policeman knocks on the door to deliver news no parent ever wan...

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Session 18

God is sovereign

Whether we win the lottery or spend our last $5 on the burger in front of us, we choose to trust in a sovereign God. We trust because God...

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Session 19

God is omniscient

Remember trying to get away with something as a kid? Grandma was always quick to say, “I may not know, but God knows.”  At some point, y...

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Session 20

God is self-sufficient

Remember the first time you realized you were pedaling your bicycle on your own? Realizing your mom or dad let go and you don’t need them...

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Session 21

God is good

Psalm 119 declares that God is good and what He does is good (Psalm 119:67). However, we all go through things that make us question God’...

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