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400 pages
Dec 2004
Regal Books

365 Ways to Know God: Devotional Readings on the Names of God

by Elmer Towns

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January 1

The Trinity: The Lord, My Shepherd (Jehovah Roi)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1

The Lord is your Shepherd; He can lead you to green pastures where you can lie down for rest. There you can feed on green grass to regain your strength. He will lead you beside still water so you can moisten your dry tongue. Will you follow Him today? The Lord is your Shepherd; He will lead you in the right paths, for His name’s sake. He will guide you through the valley of the shadow of death. Don’t be afraid of shadows, for they are only dark eclipses created by threatening mountains. The Shepherd will be with you in danger and will lead you through dark valleys but not leave you there.

Shepherd, there are many paths calling to me. What is the right path for me today? Guide me. The mountain trails through life’s valleys are filled with dead-end canyons. When I get lost, come help me.

Your Shepherd will prepare a table of food for you after you get through your dark valley. Your favorite cup is full and running over. Eat, drink and rejoice in His provision. The Shepherd has two “sheep dogs” that will pursue you if you stray. The first is His goodness, which will keep you following Him. The second is His mercy, which will forgive any of your future wayward steps.

Shepherd, it feels good to happily rest beside You. When my eyes get distracted by the things of this world, come draw me back with goodness and mercy. Shepherd, I want to dwell with You in Your house forever. Amen.

Reading: Psalm 23

Key Thought: The Lord wants a relationship with you.


April 1

Jesus: The Lord of Peace

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.
2 Thessalonians 3:16

Jesus is the Lord of Peace. As Lord, He is Master, so Jesus is the Master of peace. His nature is peace, so when He awoke in a boat in the middle of a violent storm, Jesus commanded the winds, “Peace, be still” (Mark 4:39). When Jesus died on the cross for your sins, He made peace between God and sinners. Now, because of Jesus, you can have peace with God (see Romans 5:1). Since you are a Christian, Jesus can calm your fears and soothe your anxieties. He can give you the peace of God (see Philippians 4:7). Do you need peace in our heart today?

Lord, I come to You. Thank You for saving me and giving me peace with God. Thank You for living in my heart to give me the peace of God. Come be the Master of my heart.

Jesus is the Lord of Peace. No other religious leader can give peace as Jesus gives, because peace of heart doesn’t come from humans; it comes from God. No activity can give heart peace, unless it has Jesus as its focus. Money, fame and earthly power cannot give you peace in this life or in the life to come. If you want contentment, satisfaction and deep inner joy, come to Jesus. He is the Lord of Peace.

Lord Jesus, I need Your peace to settle my fears for this day. Take control of my thinking and settle my mind. Help me look at life through Your perspective. Amen.

Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22

Key Thought: Jesus can give you peace because He is the Lord of Peace.