“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
What if we had a friend who we never called by name? It was always “Hey, you”. Our friendship wouldn’t last long, because the other person would feel like we weren’t friends after all. Makes sense.
So, what does “Lord” mean in the original Hebrew language of the Old Testament? It is Yahweh, translated in the Greek as Adonai.
In Exodus 3:15b God told Moses what his name was: ” ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers…This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.’ ”
And what does Yahweh mean? Exodus 3:14 explained, “God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites; ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” God is the great I AM.
Jesus explained it this way just before his death in John 14:6, ” ‘I AM the way and the truth and the life”.
We do not have just any god. Our God has a name. He is I AM, he is self-existent, he is life.
And so we worship him ~ the Lord our God.