Grace Protestant Reformed Church

I Am El Shaddai, Walk Before Me

Date: PM
Text: Genesis 17:1
Psalters: 304, 298, 241, 312
Series: Abram
  1. The Almighty God.
    1. “I am the Almighty God (El Shaddai).
      1. “El” is the most common name of God, identifying Him as the Being who has every perfection infinitely and eternally.
      2. “Shaddai” means almighty and all powerful in the sense of all-sufficient; the Mighty One.
    2. He who identified Himself as Abram’s shield (exceeding great reward) now identifies Himself as able to keep every promise.
      1. Twenty-four years after receiving God’s promise to make of him a great nation (Genesis 12:2; 13:16), Abram is told again.
      2. The reason is because the Promiser is El Shaddai, the All-sufficient Mighty One!
  2. The covenant, established and constantly realized by God alone, gives the responsibility of new obedience.
    1. What is it about those with whom God establishes His covenant?
    2. “Be thou perfect.”
      1. This Hebrew word means to be complete or whole in the sense of being sincere or wholehearted. Not mean to be sinless.
      2. It is to serve God sincerely, with an undivided heart, i.e., serving God and mammon at the same time.
    3.  “Walk before Me,” i.e., before God’s face.
      1. Live every moment in the consciousness of God being with you and God knowing all we think, say, and do.
      2. It is a relationship in which you are in awe of Him, your pride is broken, and you are irresistibly drawn by His grace/love.
  3. It is the knowledge of El Shaddai which is the foundation of our being able to obey in this covenant-friendship.
    1. But those who rightly know Almighty God see Him able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think.
    2. The possibility of walking before God and the possibility of believing that God would fulfill His promises rests on knowing God.
    3. Then my thoughts, words, and actions are done as before His face.