“The LORD is There” is actually a name of God, like Jehovah-nissi, Jehovah-rapha, Jehovah-tsidkenu, and Jehovah-Rohi. I had not planned to cover another name of God so soon, but felt drawn to it today. This is a message for everyone; believer and non-believer alike.
This name, or title of God is like all the rest; it is given so that we might come to know God better. He reveals certain key aspects of His character to us through the use of names. This one comes from Ezekiel 48:35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there. This is the only “literal” occurrence of this name in scripture, though the concept is throughout various verses.
While this application was to be given to a city, God is teaching us all the time that He is with us no matter what. God is omnipresent. It is one of those concepts that people tend to “hurry past” without really absorbing what is being taught. He is everywhere at once.
One of my favorite Psalms shows us that David reflected on this fact, and felt awe at it, and comfort, as we should: Psalm 139:1 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
No mater what we are going through, The LORD is There with us. Are we going through hard times? The LORD is there. Is there a storm raging outside? The LORD is there. Are we scared and alone? The LORD is There. Are we going through good times? The LORD is There. Are we facing a mountain that seems impossible for us to climb? We are never alone in the endeavour; The LORD is There. Are we surrounded by people that do not care for us, or for people abusing us in some manner, either physically, emotionally, or mentally? The LORD is There…
Not only should it bring us great comfort, but also great peace. The LORD is with us all the time, and so sees and knows every action and every human heart. We also know that the LORD is a LORD of justice, and of mercy.
Now, for the non-believer, especially atheists. I just want you to know that the LORD is with you regardless of your belief in Him, or your lack thereof. If you are scared, or lonely, or hurting, He is present with you, you are not alone. Talk to Him and He hears you. It is the truth. If you ever find yourself afraid, despairing, in need…talk to Him about it. Also know that He offers each human being a chance at even greater connection with Him, a one-on-one relationship with Him through Jesus Christ His Son. That is the relationship that saves, that is the relationship that ultimately leads to the complete fulfillment of this name of God, as those who put their trust in Jesus will come to dwell with God in a very direct way after death, and at the end of things as we know them.
Everyone, keep reminding yourself even in everyday situations that The LORD is with you, the more you remind yourself of that, the more you’ll take it to heart, the more you’ll let that fact bring you more understanding of God, and bring you into a closer walk with Him. He’s not just with us in the rough times, He is not just with us on Sunday at church, He is with us no matter the circumstance.