As a senior pastor/teaching elder, I spend more of my week studying God’s Word than doing almost anything else. Therefore, I’m always looking for good resources to help me in my sermon preparation, which is why I recommend Delighting in the Names of God by Rachel Larkin. While the title is self-explanatory, you should expect more than good theology lessons. Ms. Larkin goes beyond simply explaining the names of God to telling you how you will benefit from this greater understanding. By the time you finish the beginning of the book, you will look forward to the following chapters. She also uses herself as an example and discusses how she’s grown spiritually from her personal study. Each chapter concludes with helpful questions that allow the book to be used in two ways:
- For personal Bible study and edification
- For group studies, whether home groups or Sunday schools
I’ve invited Rachel to describe her book in her own words and how it will benefit you…There are many ways to deepen your prayer life which I explain in Simple Prayer: The Guide for Ordinary People Seeking the Extraordinary but the there is one surprising way that I stumbled upon more than a decade ago – Delighting in the Names of God. In 2007, I decided to study the first seven Hebrew names of God. I discovered that I didn’t really know God at all even though I had been a born-again Christian for three decades at that time! I uncovered a God who wanted to be discovered by me. A God who was incredibly interested in the individual and in nations. A God who wants to reveal His nature and character to us through His Hebrew names. I learned more about God through studying His names than from any other Bible study that I had done. I began to know God personally, in the nitty-gritty of daily life. As each Hebrew name was revealed to me, I was able to believe in God’s true image – not a false or inaccurate image of God. There are many people who say they know about God but very few who really know God. There is an enormous difference. Anybody can know about God – even satan and his demons know about God. But knowing God is something deeper, more personal, and deeply life changing. It’s moving from acknowledging God’s existence (knowing about God) to surrendering your whole life for Him to invade and transform. When you begin to know God personally in your life you enter an abundance that is absolutely awesome.
- Abundance of Peace – because God is peace
- Abundance of Love – because God is love
- Abundance of Grace – because God gives grace abundantly
- Abundance of Provision – because God is our provider