Oh, my G_d!

“O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me.”

Psalm 25:2

Don’t you find it amazing that, of all the thousands of words in the human language, those three are the ones which people use as an explicative? It really makes no sense.

  • Oh—used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, disappointment, or joy, or when reacting to something that has just been said.

Starting off the phrase with ‘Oh’ makes absolute sense.”  No confusion there.

  • My—belonging to or associated with the speaker

The odd thing is this: If God truly belonged to or was associated with the speaker, then the phrase would not be used in a flippant or vain way. “’You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain” (Deuteronomy 5:11). The Jewish religion may take this command overboard in that they will not even spell His name but write G_D, but we could learn something from their reverence for the Almighty God we serve.

  • God—the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being

This is where the seed thought came for this post. God. As I was praying Sunday morning, my thoughts of praise took me on a wild ride. God. I don’t try to understand Him, but at times, when I think of His eternity—no beginning, no end, always existing—it overwhelms me! He has always been? I can’t get my finite brain around that! I would say most, if not all, of us, can’t. Some choose to NOT believe because of that. But aren’t you glad that we have a God that is beyond the brightest minds? He knows more than the most amazing genius. He loves more than the most ardent lover (and His love is unconditional!). He cares more than the most dedicated mother. He is God. He is a personal God. He is my God!

“O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me.”

Psalm 25:2

Dear born-again believer, do you have that nasty habit of taking the Lord’s name in vain? I hope that you will consider breaking that habit. And if you are truly calling out to God, you are in good company. David, Solomon, Nehemiah, Ezra, and Daniel all used this phrase in their prayers.

Dear reader, is Jesus Christ really your God? If you are not sure of that, check out What is salvation, and make sure today! You will never regret it!


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