He’s Here…And He’s Got This {Jehovah Shammah}

The mighty maple sways valiantly as it dances with sun’s rays. It’s branches give way to chorus as remaining leaves join the sparrow’s serenade. With each crescendo, a vibrant leaf descends and finds rest among its fallen comrades.

We’ve met countless times, this tree and I. With each visit, my vision is drawn upwards, looking for the story this maple brings. And no matter how many times I see it’s tale, it always feels new. There’s no other way to describe it — this tree embraces each day. With each season, stretches tall, pointing towards the One who never changes.

It’s as if the maple understands. Knows his Creator is right here. Always here…delighting in its performance.

The tree praises no matter what comes its way.

And as I walk among the vibrant aftermath of autumn, I feel His presence and know. Life has many seasons but one thing will always be present. One thing will always remain the same:

Jehovah Shammah…The LORD is HERE.

I’ve researched the origin of this Name of God and discovered it first rolled off of Ezekiel’s lips. He was naming the new city, their Jerusalem, and named it after Jehovah Shammah (reference HERE). Zechariah prophecies the transition this Name would take as he uses it to describe Jesus’ coming (HERE). And it is used a few times in the New Testament to remind believers that Jesus’ death extended God’s presence to live among us today through the body of Christ.

My mind’s eye sees the circle of life this Name of God took. First naming what would have been the church for Ezekiel all the way around to Jesus extending this promise to me. By His death ensuring this same God will be here for me as I claim my presence as one of His children.

Yes, Jehovah Shammah permeates the body of Christ.

God permeates me. To think:

Friends, He’s got me covered. This Season I’m in? He’s got this.

And as I stand in the shade this mighty maple brings, my hands instinctively mimic its branches. Both heels raise as I emulate its posture of praise. And I join the church I find myself in today and worship. Thank You, Father…for never leaving me. You’re always here…Jehovah Shammah.

Branches part, allowing the sun to touch my face.
And I am warmed by the very thought of Him.

It’s no secret the season I’m in now has left me aching. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve pleaded for Jesus to come quickly. But as I’ve shared before, I still can’t deny it: He’s never left my side.

That’s my Jehovah Shammah.

I curl into my favorite resting place, a cup of hot nutella chocolate in hand, and open up my studies of this very Name. A reference in Psalm catches my eye and I scurry to read what it has to say.

Friends, if I didn’t have proof before, I do now as He extends Himself to me through His Word. Reminding me once again:
He’s got this. He’s got me. He’s here.

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Father, I see You here. And I can’t think of a greater gift than to be surrounded with Your grace every day. Thank You doesn’t seem enough, but here I stand, offering what I have to You. My Jehovah Shammah. May this humble life I lead point others to You in whatever season I find myself in. And no matter what comes my way, may I dig my heels into Your promises clinging to You with every breath. For then I’ll know…You’re not going anywhere without me. And this thing I can’t see beyond? You’ve got it covered. To You be all glory and honor. Forever and ever…my Jehovah Shammah.

How about you, friend? How have you seen Jehovah Shammah lately? I’d love to hear.ย 

Thanks for sharing your time with me.

Simply striving,

Nikki

NOTE: This post is a part of my Names of God Series. You may read others by CLICKING HERE.

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58 thoughts on “He’s Here…And He’s Got This {Jehovah Shammah}

  1. Oh, Nikkiโ€ฆcan you move in next door to me? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for these comforting words. It touches me to the depths of my soul when I witness people reaching to cling to the Lord in their despair. When it comes from that most sincere heartfelt place, as an outpouring of the good soil they have tended so that the Word have flourish in themโ€ฆin takes my breath away. Iโ€™ve been honored to see this twice in recent weeks: by you and my dear widowed friend. Thank you for your amazing example. Love you, girl!

    • Mandy, I adore you (and you have email here!)
      I can’t figure out how anyone does it otherwise. In seasons like this, I only know how to cling. It’s the only way I make it through upright…and I’m so grateful to hear your friends has found the same. Still praying for her…
      Love and hugs to you, friend!

  2. Nikki, I NEEDED to hear this from you today. It fits my emotional state I’ve found myself in perfectly. I needed this reminder that He is with me, right here, right now while I’m dealing with a multitude of frustration dealing with my reactions to my adult children. This reminder of Him being HERE is allowing my focus to come back in line with the important things of daily living. Thank you!!!

    • Oh, Donna, I’m so sorry you’re going through a tough season right now, friend. Grateful I know how to pray for you more. And am so glad to know we can cling to Him and regain focus… Love and hugs to you!

  3. Nikki,

    You draw your heart Beautifully with your words. So glad God made us heart-sisters. I hope to be as much of a blessing to you sometime as you have been to me.

    Thanks & Have a JOY-Full Week . . . Isaiah 55:8-12*….yes, I sing & clap in worship with them too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Our God is a Joy & renewed my Joy through you today. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love Ya, Susie ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Yes–He is constant in all the seasons of our lives! I am so thankful for how He never sleeps nor slumbers, for how He always stands close, even as our world whips us fast and hard. Love you Nikki. Love your heart for The Lord!!

    • Pretty sure I wouldn’t be standing up today if He weren’t close!
      Love you stopped by (and your comment was anonymous so if I got it wrong, I apologize! but it sounded like my friend Kris) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Side note; and yay for getting the right avatar here! Next time you comment, feel free to leave the email field blank. I’ll fill it in so your right avatar shows up

      I’m rambling…a good sign we need to catch up again. talk to you tomorrow hopefully! love you

  5. I love visiting you, Nikki! I love seeing God expressing so beautifully through each & every word you speak. Your words paint such a glorious picture. I just know God is saying, thank you, Nikki, for allowing my beauty & grace to come forth through you. I am saying thank you, too!

  6. That’s it, Nikki. The trees are a living metaphor of praise to their Creator. You saw it and I did, too. May we continually lift arms and hearts in praise just as the trees lift their branches to the God who is here. I love that name of God: Jehovah Shammah. Dont’ you just want to get up and dance? Thanks so much for your beautiful words!
    Blessings,
    Lynn

  7. That was a really beautiful post Nikki! And the photos are absolutely stunning. I felt like I was there with you. Thank you for sharing!

  8. yes. there is no comfort like knowing that we are never alone.
    and that we are always loved.

    thank you, nikki — a tribute to One who never leaves or forsakes.

    • You’re the one who talked me into sharing it, Mary Beth! You probably don’t remember me telling you I had written a Names of God series…well, here’s the first one, updated ; ) Thanks for reading, friend, and letting me link up!

      (P.S…holy buckets your link up is getting huge! Are you still able to visit each one?!?)

  9. This was such a blessing. He’s Got This. I need to write that in red lipstick on the bathroom mirror.

    Thanks for visiting me (doehill.blogspot.com) and glad to be neighbors in the LIfe in Bloom link party, too! I’m following you on pinterest & twitter, too.

  10. Dear Nikki, Nice you have found the Name and titles of the Only One God. It is lovely you are willing to get Him be known, because that is one of the important tasks His son Jesus (Jeshua the Messiah) has given to his followers. the world has to come to see the big difference between God the Creator and His son who is not “god the son” but the “son of God”.

  11. Thou rememberest me, for in my despair I cried to thee, and thou didst relieve me of my burden. Thou knowest me, for in my sorrow my broken heart found no comfort but in thee. Thou hast known me all these years in which I have had to cry to thee for something to preach about, and for help while preaching. Thou knowest how I have had to come to thee and confess my failures, and mourn my shortcomings, and lament my sins, and trust in thy blood for cleansing. “My Lord cannot say that he does not know me, for he has known my soul in adversity. Blessed be his name, I know him, and lean all my weight upon him. They that know him shall be with him, and he will receive them unto himself for ever, and this shall be their gloryโ€””Jehovah-shammah, the Lord is there.” With him shall they dwell, world without end. Amen.

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