Happy New Year! If you are one who makes new year resolutions, I pray your utmost one will be to know the Lord more. In 2020, many experienced unexpected challenges or even suffering, and may have felt that the Lord abandoned them. Truly knowing the Lord makes all the difference when we face the unexpected.
Psalm 9:10 states, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.” To know” refers to personal, intimate knowledge. To know the Lord’s name is to know His Person. His name represents all that He is. So, when you intimately know our Lord’s character, attributes, authority, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, and sovereignty, it makes it easier to trust in Him. You realize that this Lord that you know does not abandon those who search for Him.
Of course, the major way to know Him is by searching for Him in His revealed Word. As you begin a new year, glean hope and strength through even the New Testament which reveals ways in which we can know Him if we search the Scriptures.
Matthew – He is our Messiah-Emmanuel (Christ-God with us); our rightful King.
Mark – He is the Son of Mary and our Wonder Worker; the Servant Man.
Luke – He is The Son of Man; the anointed preacher, healer, and deliverer. He ushers in our true jubilee.
John – He is Word made Flesh; The Son of God; our Good Shepherd; the true Manna; the Door of the Sheep; the Resurrection and the Life; the Way, the Truth, and the Life; He is the Light.
Acts – He is the Baptizer in The Holy Spirit, and The Name above all names; He is our Salvation.
Romans – He is our Justifier; The Gospel; and the power of God unto salvation.
1 Corinthians – He is our Conqueror over death; our Resurrection.
2 Corinthians – He is our Unspeakable Gift.
Galatians – He is our Inheritance.
Ephesians – He is our Peace at the right hand of The Father; our position of security.
Philippians – He is the God who supplies all our needs.
Colossians – He is the fullness of the Godhead and our Treasure of wisdom and knowledge.
1 Thessalonians – He is our “soon returning Lord” and Faithful God of peace.
2 Thessalonians – He is our Faithful Lord establishing and keeping His own from evil.
1 Timothy – He is our confidence in time of death; He is our Righteous Judge and Crown of Righteousness; He is our Teacher.
2 Timothy – He is Christ our Helper.
Titus – He is our faithful Pastor and great God.
Philemon – He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Hebrews – He is the great High Priest; the great Shepherd; and the One touched with the feeling of our infirmities. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
James – He is the great Physician.
1 Peter – He is our Chief Shepherd with a crown of unfading glory.
2 Peter – He is the Restorer of all things.
1 John – He is our Love, our Truth, our Light.
2 John – He is Christ come in the flesh.
3 John – He is our prosperity, our health, our peace.
Jude – He is the Lord coming with ten thousands of His saints
Revelation – He is The Lamb in the midst of the throne; He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah; He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. He is JESUS
May you begin to know the Lord more and more in 2021 as you develop a conviction that He will not abandon you as you search for Him. Be blessed!