Not gonna lie. I kind of get jazzed when something new pops off the passage in the morning. Not that it’s “new”, but that I haven’t really taken notice of it before. But it’s not being jazzed like little Jack Horner who sat in the corner eating his Christmas Pie, and I’ve put in my thumb and pulled out a plumb and I’m thinking, “What a good boy am I.” No, I’m jazzed because I know it has been divinely served up. Wasn’t looking for new discovery this morning. In fact, if I’m honest with myself, I’ve actually been more in a rush mode as I’m kind of pressed for time. Instead, the Spirit freely and graciously pops it out of the written word and serves it up for me as a living word and says, in effect, “Here! Chew on this a bit.”
So here it is. It’s another one of those names of God that I think of as one of the lesser known Jehovah’s. The better known ones are:
Jehovah-Jireh – the LORD will Provide (Gen. 22:14)
Jehovah-Rapha – the LORD who heals (Ex. 15:26)
Jehovah-Nissi – the LORD is my banner (Ex. 17:15)
Jehovah-Shalom – the LORD is peace (Ju. 6:24)
Jehovah-Raah – the LORD is my shepherd (Ps. 23:1)
Jehovah-Tsidkenu – the LORD is our righteousness (Jer. 23:6)
Jehovah-Shammah – the LORD is there (Ezek. 48:35)
Well how about Jehovah-Yaats?
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
(Psalm 16:7 ESV)
The LORD who gives me counsel. Jehovah-Yaats (pronounced yaw-ats).
The One who is ready to advise. Our Counselor. Ever present, available for consultation twenty-four-seven. Able to directly impart wisdom, devise plans, provide instruction, give direction, and, when necessary, encourage redirection, as He gives heavenly counsel via our earthly hearts. He is Jehovah-Yaats.
So how amazing a reminder is that? Pretty!
We are not left to our own smarts, our own intelligence, or our own wisdom to navigate the stuff in life that needs to be navigated. Instead we have the mind of the Son of God (1Cor. 2:16) activated in us through the Spirit of God that we might know the things of God (1Cor. 2:12).
Mine is to ask for counsel. Mine is to listen for the still small voice of instruction. Even in the night, alert to possibility that what I may simply think is MY heart’s prompting, MY inner voice, is really HIS Spirit’s directing and HIS Counselor’s voice.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel.
Kind of jazzed! Bless the Lord!
Because of His grace. Only for His glory.