YAHWEH-Ra-ah (The Lord my Shepherd) – circa 1983

YAHWEH-RA-AH: יהווה ראאה The Lord my Shepherd (Ps. 23:1). Rô’eh from which Raah derived, means “shepherd” in Hebrew.

My personal testimony.

I was raised in a Christian family. My parents were very involved in the church throughout my early years. I also have grandparents who attended church and were believers in Christ Jesus. Church was the norm to me. Somewhere around the age of 16 or so, I made a decision of my own to give my heart to Christ. Although I don’t know the exact day, I can remember it like it was yesterday. I don’t recall what the sermon was, but I do recall the feeling that came over me that compelled me to go forward and make a commitment to Christ and ask him into my heart and my life.

Throughout my life, I’ve been a “rule-follower.” I never got into anything “bad.” I didn’t do drugs, didn’t drink. Well, I did get drunk once, but oh boy – never again! And I was 22 at the time. I didn’t break any commandments so I thought I was all sealed up.

In my early 20s, I discovered something new about God, well, it wasn’t exactly new, it was only new to me. I discovered that I could actually have a real relationship with him. My views went from that of a police officer and bail poster to that of a Shepherd. Not only was God a just and righteous God but he was a God of grace and mercy. Not only was Jesus my Lord and Savior, but my lover and husband. And I also discovered the Holy Spirit as my comforter and guide.

This name of God means: A shepherd is one who feeds or leads his flock to pasture (Eze 34:11-15). An extend translation of this word, rea’, is “friend” or “companion.” This indicates the intimacy God desires between Himself and His people. When the two words are combined — Jehovah Raah — it can be translated as “The Lord my Friend.”  That is exactly what God is to me today. It isn’t about obeying commandments because if I do I’ll get in trouble, or go to hell. It’s about the fact because I love God, I WANT to obey the commandments because when I don’t, it hurts Him. I do it because I love Him. And I love Him because He first loved me.

Now I’ve discovered the real message of the Kingdom. I’ve discovered that my role is as an Ambassador, a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, and an Heir as a child of God. There is nothing I need for, nothing I want for, that my King (my Shepherd) can not and will not provide for me.

He is my Shepherd and I want for nothing because He has taken care of everything, even when I don’t deserve it. Jehovah-Ra-Ah


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