Adonai My Master
Last time we got together we took a look at Psalm 86 which was a prayer directed at Adonai our Master.
In this Psalm, God is called Adonai seven times. When God has something repeated a number of times – it means this is important and we should look into it.
What does the name Adonai mean? It means master, dominion, to have authority over, to be the Boss of. When ever you think of someone being a Boss that means there have to be servants and now you have a relationship. We are in a Master-servant relationship with God.
What kind of a Master is Adonai?
Adonai, my Master who is full of mercy, compassion, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. You have our best interest at heart and we can fully rely trust and depend on You to provide all for us.
How Can We Approach Our Master?
“have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 86:3–4, NIV)
What Type of Relationship Do We Have?
We are to be in a submissive relationship with our Master. As we saw last week we are to come to Him in humility with wholehearted devotion. Why? Because we know that He will take care of all of our needs, and has our best interest at heart. Thus, we can serve Him be doing His bidding in His way.
Who is the Boss of your life?
Are you willing to submit your life to Him?
To surrender the reigns to the Being who is your Creator, Your Master, Your Lord, etc. The only Being who will ever have your best interest at heart. The only one who knows you and I to the depth of our being and is not surprised by anything we do. The Master who made sure that there was a way for us to be in relationship with Him.
Warning About Our Master
He must be more than Lord in word, He must be Lord indeed.
Luke 6:46, ”And why do you call Me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?”
Jesus Himself says that a verbal use of “Lord” is not enough Matthew 7:21-23, ”Not everyone who says to Me Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is heaven. Many will say to Me that day, `Lord did we not prophesy in your name? And your name cast out demons, and your name perform many miracles.’ Than I will declare to them, I never knew you depart from Me you who practice lawlessness.”
It is not enough for you and I to only give lip service to our Master.
We cannot call Him `Lord’, and continually refuse to do what He tells us to do and then expect Him to give us what He has promised to those who obey Him (2 Corinthians 2:9 Amplified).
How Important is the Title Master?
Jesus is referred to as Master (Kurios) over 700 times, in the New Testament. Compare this to being referred to as Savior (Soter) <20 times. And whenever the two titles are mentioned together Lord always proceeds Savior.
Knowing How Important Master Is, How Should we Respond?
We need to make time for our Master. This will take effort on our part. We need to communicate with Him everyday. A relationship involves give and take – this requires both speaking and listening. Let’s set aside a time slot in our daily schedules that we reserve exclusively for Him.
God’s character and nature is revealed in His names.
As our Master, God has every right to tell us what to do!
I am learning along with David, Adonai as my Master is someone Whom I can surrender to without hesitation.
What about you, Who is the Boss of your life?