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NAME OF GOD: El Simchath Gili

Pastor Tony Evans created a list of all the names of God and their pronunciations that can be found here. He also included the scripture for each one. I am going to put every English translation from biblegateway.com. I don’t know what all of the abbreviations stand for. You can click the hyperlink abbreviation to be directed to biblegateway.com and discover which version is which if you are unsure. 😉 My thoughts are italicized.

MEANING: God My Exceeding Joy

That made me smile.

VERSE: Psalm 43:4

KJ21 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy; yea, upon the harp will I praise Thee, O God, my God.

They go where sacrifices were made. Where prayer takes place today. They go to a special place of God. God who is their exceeding, above and beyond, joy. And they offer praise.

ASV Then will I go unto the altar of God, Unto God my exceeding joy; And upon the harp will I praise thee, O God, my God.

AMP Then I will go to the altar of God, To God, my exceeding joy; With the lyre I will praise You, O God, my God!

AMPC Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy; yes, with the lyre will I praise You, O God, my God!

BRG Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

CSB Then I will come to the altar of God, to God, my greatest joy. I will praise you with the lyre, God, my God.

Greatest.

CEB Let me come to God’s altar— let me come to God, my joy, my delight— then I will give you thanks with the lyre, God, my God!

Come to. My joy. My delight. Give thanks.

CJB Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and delight; I will praise you on the lyre, God, my God.

CEV Then I will worship at your altar because you make me joyful. You are my God, and I will praise you. Yes, I will praise you as I play my harp.

Yaaaaaaas!

DARBY Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto the God of the gladness of my joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God, my God.

Gladness of my joy.

DRA For they got not the possession of the land by their own sword: neither did their own arm save them. But thy right hand and thy arm, and the light of thy countenance: because thou wast pleased with them.

Okay.

ERV I want to go to God’s altar, to the God who makes me so very happy. God, my God, I want to play my harp and sing praises to you!

😊

EHV Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and gladness. Then I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

ESV Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

God, my God.

ESVUK Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

EXB Then I will go to the altar of God, to God who is my joy and happiness. I will praise you with a ·harp [lyre], God, my God.

Happiness.

GNV Then will I go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and gladness: and upon the harp will I give thanks unto thee, O God my God.

GW Then let me go to the altar of God, to God my ⌞highest⌟ joy, and I will give thanks to you on the lyre, O God, my God.

Highest.

GNT Then I will go to your altar, O God; you are the source of my happiness. I will play my harp and sing praise to you, O God, my God.

Source of my happiness.

HCSB Then I will come to the altar of God, to God, my greatest joy. I will praise You with the lyre, God, my God.

ICB I will go to the altar of God, to God who is my joy and happiness. I will praise you with a harp, God, my God.

ISV Then I will approach the altar of God, even to God in whom my joy finds its source. Then I will praise you with the lyre, God, my God,

Approach. In whom my joy finds source.

JUB Then I will enter in to the altar of God, unto the God of my exceeding joy; yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Enter into the altar. This makes it sound like an altar is any place we make special and sacred to God.

KJV Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Unto.

AKJV Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

LEB Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my surpassing joy, and I will praise you with lyre, O God, my God.

Surpassing.

TLB There I will go to the altar of God, my exceeding joy, and praise him with my harp. O God—my God!

There I will go.

MSG Give me your lantern and compass, give me a map, So I can find my way to the sacred mountain, to the place of your presence, To enter the place of worship, meet my exuberant God, Sing my thanks with a harp, magnificent God, my God.

Sheeeeeeeeesh!

MEV Then I will go to the altar of God, to the God of my joyful gladness; with the harp I will give thanks to You, O God, my God.

NOG Then let me go to the altar of Elohim, to God my highest joy, and I will give thanks to you on the lyre, O Elohim, my Elohim.

NABRE That I may come to the altar of God, to God, my joy, my delight. Then I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.

That I may come.

NASB Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And I will praise You on the lyre, God, my God.

NASB1995 Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God.

NCV Then I will go to the altar of God, to God who is my joy and happiness. I will praise you with a harp, God, my God.

NET Then I will go to the altar of God, to the God who gives me ecstatic joy, so that I may express my thanks to you, O God, my God, with a harp.

Ecstatic joy. Express my thanks.

NIRV Then I will go to the altar of God. I will go to God. He is my joy and my delight. God, you are my God. I will praise you by playing the lyre.

NIV Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

NIVUK Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

NKJV Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God.

NLV Then I will go to the altar of God, the God of my joy. And I will praise You with the harp, O God, my God.

NLT There I will go to the altar of God, to God—the source of all my joy. I will praise you with my harp, O God, my God!

NRSV Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.

NRSVA Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.

NRSVACE Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.

NRSVCE Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.

OJB Then will I go unto the Mizbe’ach of Elohim, unto El my exceeding joy; yea, upon the kinnor will I praise Thee, O Elohim Elohai.

TPT Then I will come closer to your very altar until I come before you, the God of my ecstatic joy! I will praise you with the harp that plays in my heart, to you, my God, my magnificent God!

Yooooo! Will come closer…until I come before you. The harp that plays in my heart. Magnificent.

RSV Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise thee with the lyre, O God, my God.

RSVCE Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise thee with the lyre, O God, my God.

TLV Then I will come to the altar of God, to the God of my exceeding joy, and praise You upon the harp —O God, my God.

VOICE Then I will go to God’s altar with nothing to hide. I will go to God, my rapture; I will sing praises to You and play my strings, unloading my cares, unleashing my joys, to You, God, my God.

Nothing to hide. Naked. Honest. Unloading my cares. Unleashing my joys.

WEB Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy. I will praise you on the harp, God, my God.

WYC And I shall enter to the altar of God; to God, that gladdeth my youth. God, my God, I shall acknowledge to thee in an harp; (And I shall go to the altar of God; to God, who made the time of my youth happy/to the God of my joy. God, my God, I shall praise thee on the harp.)

Gladdeth my youth. Acknowledge.

YLT And I go in unto the altar of God, Unto God, the joy of my rejoicing. And I thank Thee with a harp, O God, my God.

Go in unto. My rejoicing.

Live

I’m sitting doing my hair and listening to my lil Christian/Gospel music.

I have several unwritten drafts. Relationship wasn’t one of them. The unwritten ones require more time than I’ve carved out since I got the inspo. Ima get to them.

I feel like I stay fussing or correcting. But I don’t feel bad. Jeremiah is called the weeping prophet. But he was and his words are bomb.

There’s plenty of saccharine, sweet, positive, good, prosperity, little accountability words floating around. That ain’t me. Ima keep going in my lane.

God promises us things. Good things. But so many focus on His hand and not what is required to obtain His promises. Ima talk about standards and the holistic Christianity of the Bible.

Waaaaay off. Two different songs that play today talked about living. Not I’m Alive. Lol. Go check that post out.

I need someone to know that they need to live. Suicide isn’t the answer. Wallowing in depression isn’t the answer.

I wanted to die. I was depressed. It was overwhelming. I saw no way out at the time. But it got better. Jesus and I got tight.

Everything in my life isn’t perfect. Honestly, from the outside it is a MESS right now. But I know what God said. I know why. I trust Him. I have hope in Him.

I see how He’s come through for people in the Bible. I remember how He’s come through for me.

Focusing on Him and His Word gives me peace. It gives me joy. He makes life worth living. It’s not easy. At all. But soooooo worth it. The peace and emotional and mental stability is PRICELESS. Try it. I dare you. 🙂

20. 20.

I am grateful to see the end of the year mostly unscathed.

I lost a family member to the rona.

Four family members definitely recovered. One likely recovered.

A childhood friend’s mom was lost to the rona.

An asthmatic family member lost their life due to a chemical reaction.

I lost an uncle due to a variety of health issues.

An uncle was rushed to the hospital, and though serious, it wasn’t as bad as was thought.

Two coworkers and a boss tested positive for the rona and have recovered.

I am no longer on speaking terms with my father. 21 years of foolishness resulted in my departure-at his prodding-for my peace of mind.

Endured the craziest three point five weeks with a male I have ever experienced in the middle of a pandemic.

Left some friends-acquaintances-alone.

Left some family members alone.

Reconnected with some friends I let go.

Made a new friend.

Made some new connections.

Followed purpose with expectation of fulfilled vision-from years ago. Not a catchy 2020 gimmick.

Realized some things that I needed to work on and change.

Saw some growth.

Chose myself.

2020 was wild.

But the BEST thing? Focusing on the best friend I’ll ever have, my big brother, my Lord, my Savior.

I’ve been coasting and on autopilot. When Jesus and I are cool, winds and waves don’t play.

I ended this year forced to look to him.

Best decision.

It’s been wild.

But it’s been worth it.

Here’s to 2021.

A multiple of seven.

Biblical meaning of completion.

I expect Jesus to complete some things.

I expect craziness. It wouldn’t be my life without some tests and trials.

I know who’s got me.

I don’t expect easy.

But I expect peace. I expect joy. I expect good things-no matter how it looks or feels.

Cuz I rock with the one who can speak to whatever I face.

I am never alone or forsaken.

That alone makes it well with my soul.

Do you

That is a powerful couple of words.  Sometimes it’s so hard to just “do you.”  We are conditioned to cater to and pander to others.  It’s part of our human nature.  We seek approval and validation outside of ourselves in others.  It is natural to desire praise and recognition for what it is that we do.

It is also dangerous to depend on others to create how we see ourselves.  By giving people permission, the keys, to dictate our worth and our value we become prisoners to their fickle, human minds.  By giving others the keys we unintentionally allow them the authority over all of who we are.

By allowing others and the world to tell us how great or horrible we are, we get on a wheel, a merry-go-round, a seemingly unending cycle.  Once we allow another or a thing to control us, once we seek permission from others to be who and what we are, they/it will never be satisfied.  They will always want more.  One day we will look up and be shattered remnants of the person we once were.

By being unwilling to “do you” when no one looks or applauds we are holding captive the passion and what we were created to do.  As individuals, we should seek to be free.  Free to follow our hearts.  Free to follow our passions.  Free to fulfill what we were created to do.  Free to be happy.  Free to have joy.

Society places an emphasis on external measures of success and beauty.  Society says we have to look a certain way, act a certain way, wear certain things, own certain things, talk a certain way or we just aren’t good enough.

I submit that we are all good enough.  We are all beautiful enough.  We are all talented enough.  We just have to own our own keys.  We have to be willing to “do you” no matter what.

I don’t men be rude, ruthless, mean, cutthroat, or disrespectful.  While we “do you” it is imperative that we value us enough to value others.   Poor behavior is often indicative of poor self-worth.  If we can’t treat others well while we “do you” we cannot “do you” well. We may lie to ourselves and justify our behavior.

But there is a conscious effort we make when we “do you” and being ourselves that, when done with the purest of motives, will not allow us to “do you” at the expense of others.  Sure, people appear to be successful who have done it at the expense of others.  But those people often live with regrets and that success comes at a price they may be unwilling to pay if they had it to do over.

So today, I challenge us to “do you.”  Even if nobody notices.  Even if nobody ever recognizes it.  The self-satisfaction in being true to our authentic selves will far outweigh anything any other person could ever give us.  People’s accolades are temporary.  The internal power, strength, and love that we receive from our decision to “do you” far outweighs anything any other person can give.

“Do you” boo!

Single and (Mostly) Satisfied

I’ve mentioned before I don’t get why marriage is so import and why it is the ultimate end game. Mariage is honorable. The marriage bed is undefiled. It’s better to mary than to burn. Marriage enables the world to be populated.

I get all that. It’s one of the first things that existed in the Bible. But Paul never married. Paul talked about being single. He advised that being single allows one to devote more time to service to God. The Bible tells us that some won’t ever marry.

So why do we only focus on one thing in “the church”? “The world” seems to value marriage to a certain degree. Companionship period is important to the world. So human nature as a whole places a premium on being with somebody.

It is important for humans to have interaction. It helps us to be us and to be great. But why is my sexuality questioned when I am single and not looking? Why are people incredulous,  indignant even, when I don’t want a man or want to be a member of an online dating service or don’t want to go speed dating?

I know my past. Even though I’m not her anymore, I am still vulnerable where relationships are concerned. It is easy to be distracted and lose yourself when you are looking and/or are in a relationship. I have other things, school, personal goals, spiritual goals, to focus on and worry about.

The Bible says he who finds a wife finds a good thing. I heard a preacher say a woman can help herself be found. Some people think a woman can find a man. I don’t know which I agree with. I do know I’ve ended up in a world of trouble trying to find him myself.

I finally know who I am. Or am getting to fully know me. I would like a relationship. But at this moment I know better. There are certain things I feel one needs to bring to a marriage and I’m not there yet. God takes two to create one. He doesn’t take a piece and a piece. That’s just pieces. I think it takes more wholeness for a marriage than a relationship. Perfection isn’t required, but I think you should accomplish yourself what you seek in others.

I think I’m whole enough for a relationship. But at 27 who is dating to date? I don’t know where I’ll land when I’m done with school. Is it fair to put somebody in limbo? I know people do things for love, but is it fair?

I can honestly say I know I’ll be alright if I never marry. I don’t know too many people who only want to adopt kids. I want to adopt a toddler IF I even have kids and…TMI for a blog. I have male friends and at the moment that is good enough 99.9% of the time.

I know God grants you the desires of your heart. But you also have to ask according to His will. I want His will. I want joy. I want peace. I want to be and do what I was not just called to be and do but what I was chosen, created to be and do. That may or may not include a family. I am almost completely content in the state I’m in. And with his help I will, and as long as I’m in His will, forever be content in the state I find myself in.