The Bible gives us many names for God. One is, of course, God. Then there is Lord, and Father. Another name for God in the Bible, Elohim, speaks of who God is to us. Elohim means “strong one”, El Shaddai means “God Almighty”, and Yahweh Shalom means “the Lord is Peace.”
Why so many names? Some of the different names for God are based on who He is or what He does. Think of your dad for example. His name might be Bob, but you call him Dad or Daddy. Your mom calls him sweetheart or dear; at his job they might call him boss. If your dad is a preacher, the people in church might call him pastor or preacher. But no matter what people call him, all of these titles describe who he is, but his name is still Bob.
But how would your Dad like it if someone called him “old man” or “that guy?” Those aren’t bad names, but they are not exactly respectful. Calling God “the man upstairs” is not really bad, it just does not give God the respect the Bible says we must give Him. God is the King of the Universe not the man upstairs.
What is your favorite name for God?