I run to You…Father

The other day, Oprah had the country music group, Lady Antebellum, on her show.  They were singing their beautiful hit “Run to You”.  It’s a catchy song, and as they were singing, I couldn’t help but think of what a great praise offering that would be to sing of the Lord.  What do you think? (I substituted the word “baby” with a few names of God).  Run to You – Written by Dave Haywood / Charles Kelley / Hillary Scott / Tom Douglas)
I run from hate
I run from prejudice
I run from pessimists
But I run too late
I run my life
Or is it running me
Run from my past
I run too fast
Or too slow it seems
When lies become the truth
That’s when I run to you
This world keeps spinning faster
Into a new disaster so I run to you
I run to you {Father}    
And when it all starts coming undone
{Daddy} you’re the only one I run to
I run to you

I love that!  But I love these words even more…

The name of the LORD
is a strong tower;

the righteous run to it
and are protected.
Proverbs 18:10
Do you need a place to run to?  Need a place of protection in this season of your life?  Run to your Daddy through the names of the Lord.  
You can find the names of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit throughout Scripture.  Especially in the Psalms, we find the names and characteristics of our God listed in almost every chapter.  A clue in finding them:  Look for phrases that start with “The Lord ___” or “God is ___” or “The Lord/God does ___”.  And usually when the Psalmist is talking TO God and says “You” or “Your”, a characteristic of the Lord follows. 

Keep a running list   {no pun intended :-)} on a piece of paper tucked in your Bible.  That way, when you find one, you can quickly write it down.

I’ve been searching for names of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in Scripture for years, and think I’ve compiled over 600 names and characteristics by now.  A true treasure and tower to run to when I need to feel safe!  (And I run to Him a lot these days!)

If you need a special place of protection in the Lord, I encourage you to search the Scriptures for Who He is that you can run into and find safety. 

For a jump start, Dr. Adrian Rogers gives a detailed list of the Hebrew names of God and their meanings, scripture references, etc. on this web page.  There’s also an incredible list at the back of Henry Blackaby’s “Experiencing God” workbook.

When your world keeps spinning faster… May the Lord catch you as you run to your Father – a Strong Tower… and keep you safe.
Blessings to you on this Monday~

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  1. Kim... and Her Coffee says:

    Jen, He is our STRONG TOWER. And, I am learning to run to Him because of friends in the faith, like YOU. Love you Friend!

  2. Such an awesome reminder that we have such an awesome God. I am thankful that He has shown me that He is ALL I need when I am in need! I cling to the Cross AND His Word!
    God bless you sister!

  3. He is the One I run to!

    I attended a conference at my church on Friday night and the speaker was Debbie Taylor Williams. She spoke on prayer and instead of just talking, she had us pray. She went through the alphabet as we shared attributes of our God. I loved it.

    Thank you for the links Jennifer. He is All Knowing and All Powerful, a strong tower and He is my strength and shield.

    Love you,