And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you' (Exodus 3:14).
In English translations of the Old Testament, whenever we find the word Lord spelled LORD with all capital letters, it is the translation of the name Yahweh. Yahweh means Jehovah-LORD. The self-existing One. He is all powerful.1
To be honest it’s hard to get my mind around the truth that God simply IS. He is “I AM”. He cannot not be. He IS. Period. He is self-existent. He is eternal.
Yahweh is the covenant-keeping name of God. He does not break His promises. In fact He can not. When God gives a promise or enters into a covenant with His people it’s a done thing. What He says will be. Period.
Yahweh our all powerful God. He is Almighty. How can we not bow down and worship Him?
Therefore I will teach them - this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the LORD (Jeremiah 16:21).
This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it -the LORD is his name (Jeremiah 33:2).
He who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns blackness into dawn and darkens day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land - the LORD is his name (Amos 5:8).
The One who builds his upper chambers in the heavens and has founded his vaulted dome over the earth, he who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the face of the earth, the Lord is his name (Amos 9:6).So what does this mean to me? How does knowing the great I AM change the way I live? The way I think?
Actually knowing that God is the covenant keeping, self existent, all powerful great I AM causes me to tremble in His presence. It reminds me that because He IS I can trust Him with every detail of my life. I can rest because He has it all under control.
Or at least I should be able to rest. I should be able to trust. But I am so weak and forgetful. I look at my circumstances and forget that I serve “I AM that I AM” so I try in my own strength to control it. I need to just turn it over to my Yahweh, the One who promises that His will shall be done on earth and in heaven …. and in my life.