Lord, I Want to Know You (Lord Series)

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Enjoy the expanded and updated editions of the best-selling "Lord" Bible Study Series from Kay Arthur.  The "Lord" study series is an insightful, warm-hearted Bible study series designed to meet readers where they are--and help them discover God's answers to their deepest needs.

Discover the Limitless Power of God's Name.

        So much of our confusion and pain results because we don't know God -- who He really is, how He works in our lives.
        But with Lord, I Want to Know You, that will all change. When you know God more fully by studying His names -- Creator, Healer, Protector, Provider, and many others -- you'll gain power to stand strong. You'll find strength for times of trial, comfort for pain, provision for your soul's deepest needs. And your walk with God will be transformed.
        Let Kay Arthur guide you through the Scriptures in this deeply insightful study. Your daily time with God in His Word will introduce you to the limitless treasure available to you as His child. And these are truths you can share easily with others, individually or in small groups.

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KAY ARTHUR is one of America's best-known and most-beloved Bible teachers and authors. With her husband, Jack, she is the cofounder of Precept Ministries International, the leaders in inductive Bible-study resources. Kay also reaches hundreds of thousands of people internationally through her "Precept upon Precept" inductive Bible studies. In addition, her daily and weekly television programs air on over 900 stations in 30 countries.

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Chapter One


– D A Y O N E –

The muffled, distant sound had broken the quiet reverie of his
walk across the meadow. The sharp barking of a dog almost irritated
him. It was abrasive in that tranquil setting. As the barking
grew louder, his eyes scanned the meadow, looking for the culprit.
Suddenly a small doe broke through the edge of the woods. Now he
understood. Leaning against the fence post, the man watched with compassion
as the doe cut across the broad expanse of meadow. She was running
straight toward him. He stood motionless, not wanting to add the
fear of man to the animal’s frustration. As the frightened fawn leaped the
fence, she staggered. The chase had taken its toll. Her wet coat gleaming
in the sun, the doe stopped, took a few steps in one direction, then, ears
held high, looked back toward the sound of the barking. The dog had
broken through the woods.

Eyes wide with fright, confused, worn out, panting wildly, the doe
surveyed her surroundings, quickly discovering the man standing beside
the fence. Glancing back for an instant at the dog in hot pursuit, then
viewing the expanse of open field before her, she turned weakly and
wobbled straight toward the man. She approached him without fear and
buried her head in his tummy. Compassion flooded his heart and filled
his eyes. She had found a protector.

Beloved, where do you run in time of need? When the hounds of
trouble, worry, and fear pursue you; when the dogs of temptation, corruption,
and evil seek to overtake you; when your energy is spent; when
weakness saps you; when you feel you cannot run any longer, where do
you turn?

Do you turn to your protector, the One who stands with arms
opened wide, waiting for you to come and bury yourself in the security of
all He is?

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it
and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).

For these forty-two days we are going to study the names of the Lord so
that you will know where to run to find help in time of need. The Father
longs for you to know more of who He is, that you might more fully
“trust in the name of the LORD and rely on [your] God” (Isaiah 50:10).
Remember Jesus’ prayer on our behalf just before He went to Calvary: “that
they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou
hast sent” (John 17:3). The goal of Paul’s life was “that I may know Him”
(Philippians 3:10). How I pray it will become the goal of your life!

If someone were to ask you to describe God, what would you say?
Write down the words that come to your mind when you think of God.

– D A Y T W O –

“Some boast in chariots, and some in horses; but we will boast in the
name of the LORD, our God” (Psalm 20:7).

Where do you run for help? When you are in trouble, what is your
first instinct? Do you run to others or to God? Is it usually the counsel of
another rather than the counsel found in waiting upon God in prayer?
Why is this the way it is? Why do we run to man before we run to God?

In Old Testament days chariots and horses were means of protection
and escape. Today our “chariots and horses” come with different labels,
shapes, and forms. Even so they are still a visible means of help, escape, or
protection. Yet are these really a source of safety? No. “The horse is prepared
against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD” (Proverbs
21:31, KJV).

What’s the problem? Why don’t we run to the arms of our all-sufficient
God? I think it’s because most of us don’t really know our God. Why do
many collapse in the day of trouble and testing? Why are they immobilized?
Why don’t they take an aggressive stand in the face of fear? Because
Christians, for the most part, can’t boast in the name of their God.

What do I mean when I say, “boast in the name of our God”? In the
Hebrew language the phrase to boast in means “to have confidence in, to
trust in.”1 Therefore, to boast in God’s name means to have confidence in
His name. In biblical times a name represented a person’s character. God’s
name represents His character, His attributes, His nature. To know His
name is to know Him. To boast in His name is to have confidence in who
He is!

We find several different names of God in the Bible. You are about to
embark on an exciting study of these names!

In the day of trouble or need, we are to run to our God, to put our
trust in Him. That is why He says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble: I
will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” (Psalm 50:15, KJV).

Is your heart troubled? Is fear lurking in the shadows of your consciousness?
Do you feel insecure about anything at all? If the answer to
any of these questions is yes, list your fears, insecurities, and troubles
below. Then ask God to show you one of His names that will meet your
need. When He shows you, tell Him that you will boast in that name.

– D A Y T H R E E –

Let’s begin with a day of meditating on Psalm 20. As you look at this
psalm, consider what we have talked about these past two days. At the
end of the psalm you will find a brief assignment. I urge you to participate
fully in this study. Don’t just read this book. Do the assignments. Write
out your answers. This exercise will help cultivate the seeds of truth sown
in your reading. The harvest can be bountiful, and you will grow!

P S A L M 2 0
1May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!
2May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And support you from Zion!
3May He remember all your meal offerings,
And find your burnt offering acceptable!
4May He grant you your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your counsel!
5We will sing for joy over your victory,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners.
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
6 Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven,
With the saving strength of His right hand.
7 Some boast in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.
8 They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stood upright.
9 Save, O LORD;
May the King answer us in the day we call.

1. Go through this psalm and put a around every
word that has something to do with trouble, need, or help.*
2. What are the Lord’s promises in this psalm?
3. Are there any conditions that need to be met in order for the promises
to be fulfilled?
4. According to this psalm, what sets a person securely on high or in a
place of security above the circumstances of a situation?
5. On what basis can we set up banners of victory?
6. What does the answer to question 5 tell you about the name of God?
7. Why are they boasting in the name of the Lord?

Turn your heart’s desire into a prayer. Tell your Father what you need.
Thank Him that He wants to be known by you in greater depth!

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous
runs into it and is safe.
PROVERBS 1 8 : 1 0


1. Before the study of these first three days, how did you picture God in
your mind?
2. What was so significant about a name in biblical times?
3. Why is it important that we know the name of our God?
4. In Psalm 20, God talks about men who boast in chariots and horses
and men who boast in the name of the Lord. Did you see a contrast
between these two types of people? What is the contrast?
5. What does trusting in horses and chariots mean? How does that
apply to today?
6. Can you remember a time when you trusted in “horses and chariots”?
What was the result in your life?
7. Can you remember a time when you boasted in the name of the
Lord? What was the result?

Chapter 2


– D A Y F O U R –

One of the names of God in the Old Testament is Elohim. This
name designates God as God. Deuteronomy 10:17 says, “The
LORD your God [Elohim] is the God of gods....” El means
“mighty” or “strong” and is used for any reference to gods, including
Almighty God. Elohim is the primary Hebrew word translated “God” in
the Old Testament. (Sometimes Jehovah is translated “God” rather than
“LORD.”) The him ending of Elohim is very significant. In the Hebrew
language it is a plural ending indicating more than one. Elohim is the
name for God as Creator. It is used in Genesis 1:1 and could be translated,
“In the beginning Gods created the heavens and the earth.”

Does the construction of the Hebrew word mean that there is more
than one God? No! “The LORD [Jehovah] is our God [Elohim], the
LORD is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4). God the Father, God the Son, and
God the Holy Spirit–the blessed Trinity–created the heavens and the
earth. One in essence, in character, yet three persons united as one.

As you read various scriptures, you can see references to the different
persons of the Godhead participating in the work of creation. In Genesis
1:2-3 we read, “The Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the
waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” “By faith
we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God...”
(Hebrews 11:3). God spoke and the Spirit moved. Then Colossians 1:16
tells us that in Jesus Ch...

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