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Today’s word for July 24, 2011

LORD, save us!
LORD, grant us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
From the house of the LORD we bless you.
The LORD is God,
and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.
Psalms 118:25-27

Some Bible versions use the name Jehovah for God. This name comes from the combination of the Tetragrammaton “YHWH” with the vowels of the Hebrew word Adonai, meaning Lord. This is because practicing Jews believe God’s name is so sacred that it should not pronounced with our unclean lips. Hence, each time they read the Bible and they encounter the Tetragrammaton they read Adonai (ie, Lord) instead. The name Jehovah is just one of several ways of pronouncing the Tetragrammaton YHWH. Some people think that the pronunciation that is closest to reality is the name Yahweh. But nobody can be certain about any of the different ways the word is pronounced because nobody knows how this word really sounded. To somehow resolve this ambiguity, some translators have recently opted to use the word LORD (all capital letters) to translate the name YHWH.

We must not make a controversy  out of this as it has happened in some circles of believers who have raised the banner of defending some specific versions of the Bible as the only valid versions of the Word of God. The important thing is that every time you mention the name of the Lord you do it with the utmost reverence, acknowledging the fact that God is the Lord of the universe and of our lives. Part of the problem of trying to maintain a solid and constant relationship with God is that we make of prayer a routine and when we communicate with God our words end up becoming mere repetitions and catch phrases that we use to fill voids in our conversation . Let it be our spirit through our heart and not our mind who leads our words when we are talking to God. That way we will be more sincere and genuine in our relationship with God. To God alone be the glory!