“Hey, what’s up? I’ve been looking for you…”
“HEY, WHAT’S UP? I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR YOU…”
Notice the tone is read differently. The first is read with concern or ease while the second is read with importance or hostility. Typing a word or sentence in capitalization is, I believe, a modern invention utilized to add stress to a particular word or to just plain yell at someone.
However, in the Bible when you come across the word “LORD” in all caps the author isn’t applying the method above, but identifying the precise nature of the translated word. Whenever you see the word LORD in all caps it is a replacement for the Hebrew word “Yahweh” (pronounced “Yah-way”), which is the actual name of the God of the Bible. It’s important to differentiate between “Lord” and “LORD” because the latter is more personal and specific. Compare the intimacy and explicitness of me talking to you about “my friend” verses me talking to you about “Monica”; or me addressing you by first name instead of calling you simply “girl”.
Remember, while many people have been called or claimed to be a “lord” or even a “god”, there is only One true God who made heaven and earth and His beautiful and sacred name is Yahweh (LORD in English).
Questions for Reflection
What are some differences between our LORD and other so-called gods that people worship? Thank Him for all those differences.
Scriptures for Reading and Meditation
“Then God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…” Exodus 20:1-5 NASB
“Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
I will praise the LORD while I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Do not trust in princes,
In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;
In that very day his thoughts perish.
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God” Psalms 146:1-5 NASB