Names of God

In 1982 a song was released by Amy Grant called "El Shaddai." Some of you probably remember it. This was the first time I began an interest in studying the meaning of Hebrew names.

The song begins with "El Shaddai, El Shaddai, El-Eloyn na Adonia, age to age you’re still the same, by the power of your name." So in essence, the writer is saying –  One of might, strength and power, you are an all sufficient God, the most-high God, Lord, Lord, Lord, my master, you are the same yesterday, today and forever, all by the power of your name!

There are many benefits to knowing and relying on the names of the Lord. God uses many names in the Bible which explain His character and the way He cares for us. The names God chooses in scripture are meant to reveal His true nature towards us. In Hebrew, names have meaning and knowing a person’s name can reveal important information.  I am not a Hebrew scholar by any means, however I like to use a good Hebrew lexicon dictionary and a concordance to look up words and find their root meaning. They make a concordance based on the English translation, for those of us who do not know Hebrew. It’s important not to rely only on the meaning given in the phrase without looking at the context of the passage too.

Today, let’s look at the word "El". It is an alternative term for the one true God, which comes from a root word meaning "might, strength and power". "El" is almost always officially recognized by an additional word that further defines who God is.

I want to share with you some of the most powerful compound names of God which follow El, their associated meaning and where you can find them in the scriptures.

The names of the Lord will bring inspiration, especially on a bad day. You can simply read these major names briefly noting what great things the Lord has done for you. His names will help you understand Him and know Him more deeply!


Kathy Davis serves as our Administrative Coordinator. When she's not keeping the staff in line and the church running, she enjoys camping and spending time with her grandchildren. Read more about Kathy here.