104 Attributes and Actions of God: Characteristics of God in Psalms Bible Study, Praise & Prayers Devotional

104 Attributes and Actions of God: Characteristics of God in Psalms Bible Study, Praise & Prayers Devotional

by EJ Janik


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Who is God? What is His nature and character? God loves, sees, hears, speaks, gives, helps, protects, remembers, restores, shields, and watches. The Psalms provide a deep window into God Himself. EJ Janik has worked for more than 30 years as a CPA and forensic accountant. Both professions require extreme detail—including solving business disputes and providing expert witness. Using these skills, EJ identified 44 attributes and 60 actions of God found in more than 1,200 Scriptures in the Psalms. Did you know that, among many other things, God examines, enables, flourishes, and silences? God bears, comforts, defends, forgives, guides, judges, provides, rescues, rewards, supports, and teaches. God also is awesome, compassionate, faithful, a fortress, good, great, holy, majestic, merciful, mighty, miraculous, a refuge, a savior, trustworthy, and wonderful. Furthermore, God is a deliverer, enthroned, glorious, hope, light, lover, and protector. Numerous Bible translations are included, along with translated Hebrew words. This extensive book is ideal for private or small group study; discussion questions included. EJ has been married to Leah for 42 years and has two grown sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. He serves on nonprofit Christian boards and is actively involved with Dallas Theological Seminary.

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ISBN-13: 9781946889379
Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 595,860
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

For more than 30 years, EJ Janik has worked full time as a forensic accountant, which includes financial consulting, business dispute consulting, and providing expert witness testimony. This passion for detail was applied to an intense study of God, Lord, and King in the Psalms. For years, EJ read daily in Psalms and Proverbs. This led to a deeper search of the attributes and actions of God, a seven-year project leading to this book. EJ and his wife, Leah, have been married 42 years and have two sons: Grant, a youth pastor, married to Micah; and Tyler, an industrial engineer, married to Leah Marie. EJ and Leah have three grandchildren, Harris, Millie, and Gray. EJ serves on the boards of Leader Formation International and Witness Breakthrough, and previously served on Evantell. He and Leah are members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and actively involved with Dallas Theological Seminary.

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1 ALMIGHTY: God is most powerful, the God of angel armies, a majestic king, mighty one who rules over all. He is a sovereign God.

Ps. 24:10 "Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty ..."

Ps. 46:7 "The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."

Ps. 68:14 "When the Almighty scattered the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon."

Ps. 69:6 "Lord, the Lord Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me ..."

Ps. 80:4 "How long, Lord God Almighty, will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people?"

Ps. 80:7 "Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved."

Ps. 80:14 "Return to us, God Almighty! Look down from heaven and see! Watch over this vine."

Ps. 80:19 "Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved."

Ps. 84:8 "Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob."

Ps. 84:12 "Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you."

Ps. 89:8 "Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you."

Ps. 91:1 "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."

a. Hebrew/Strong's/biblical use

• Yahweh, Jehovah, Adonai, who causes all things to be

• Master

• most powerful

• war, warfare, host

• royal

• God, angels, judges

b. Other versions/translations

• commander of armies

• God and Lord of Heaven's Armies

• God of Angel Armies

• God of Hosts

• heaven's armies

• hosts

• invincible warrior

• King

• King of glory

• Lord of armies

• majestic king

• Mighty King

• Mighty One

• most powerful

• Shaddai

• Sovereign God

• sovereign judge

• Sovereign Ruler over all

• who commands armies

• who rules over all

• who rules over us

c. Praise & Prayer Journal

1. How did God, The Almighty, display His power when tested against the gods of Baal by the prophet? (Among the answers: smoked sacrifice and water.)

2. What are biblical examples of this characteristic, attribute, or action of God, as One who displays unlimited power and authority? (Among the answers: Kept the Egyptians from His people while they were leaving Egypt; parting of the Red Sea; in other Scriptures: God is almighty, mighty, does whatever He pleases, nothing is impossible: Genesis 17:1; Job 6:4, 29:5; Ezekiel 1:24; Joel 1:15; Revelation 1:8, 4:8, 11:17, 15:3.)

2 ANGER: God's anger includes displeasure; wrath; and, at times, impatience — but He is also slow to anger.

Ps. 2:5 "He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath ..."

Ps. 6:1 "Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath."

Ps. 7:6 "Arise, Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice."

Ps. 30:5 "For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning."

Ps. 60:1 "You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you have been angry — now restore us!"

Ps. 69:24 "Pour out your wrath on them; let your fierce anger overtake them."

Ps. 76:7 "It is you alone who are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry?"

Ps. 78:38 "Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath."

Ps. 78:49 "He unleashed against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation, and hostility ..."

Ps. 79:5 "How long, Lord? Will you be angry forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire?"

Ps. 85:5 "Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations?"

Ps. 86:15 "But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness."

Ps. 90:11 "Who knows the power of your anger?"

Ps. 103:8 "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love."

Ps. 106:29 "... they aroused the Lord's anger by their wicked deeds, and a plague broke out among them."

Ps. 106:40 "Therefore the Lord was angry with his people and abhorred his inheritance."

Ps. 145:8 "The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love."

a. Hebrew/Strong's/biblical use

• anger, wrath

• heat

• burning (of rage, anger)

• hot

• displeasure

• fear, terror

• indignation

• enraged

b. Other versions/translations

• angry

• burning heat

• displeased

• displeasure

• fury

• impatient

• infuriate

• mad

• rage

• raging fury

• wildfire anger

• wrath

c. Praise & Prayer Journal

1. How did God show His anger against the Egyptians and others who attacked Israel?

2. What are other biblical examples of this characteristic, attribute, or action of God? (Among the answers: Against Solomon in his later years; In Nahum 1:2, the Lord is avenging and wrathful; In Romans 1:18, the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men; other Scriptures: Exodus 15:7, 32:10, 11, 20:4-6; Numbers 11:1, 2, 32:13; Deuteronomy 7:1-6, 9:8; 2 Kings 13:3, 17:18; Job 4:9; Isaiah 13:5, 51:20; Ezekiel 7:8.)

3. When has God been slow to anger in your life? (You can find this used three times in Psalms, noted in the list above.)

3 ANSWERS: God speaks, commands, listens, responds, fulfills, intervenes, resolves, reacts, hears, provides solutions, and "answers me."

Ps. 3:4 "I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain."

Ps. 4:1 "Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer."

Ps. 17:6 "I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer."

Ps. 20:1 "May the Lord answer you when you are in distress ..."

Ps. 20:6 "He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand."

Ps. 27:7 "Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me."

Ps. 38:15 "Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God."

Ps. 65:2 "You who answer prayer, to you all people will come."

Ps. 65:5 "You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior ..."

Ps. 69:16 "Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me."

Ps. 69:17 "Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble."

Ps. 86:1 "Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy."

Ps. 86:7 "When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me."

Ps. 120:1 "I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me."

Ps. 143:7 "Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails."

a. Hebrew/Strong's/biblical use

• said, speak, answer

• command, tell, call

• listen

• promised

• responds

b. Other versions/translations

• acknowledges

• commands

• fulfills

• gives feedback

• hears

• intervenes

• listens

• provides solutions

• reacts

• replies

• resolves

• responds

• satisfies

• speaks

c. Praise & Prayer Journal

1. How many times has God answered you in your prayers? (You can find this use ten times in Psalms.)

2. What are biblical examples of this characteristic, attribute, or action of God? (Answers could include: Rachel, at one time childless; Hannah praying for a child, Samuel; Daniel fasted and prayed and Gabriel arrived and provided an answer; answering the prayers of Zechariah and Elizabeth, parents of John the Baptist; other Scriptures: Isaiah 65:24; Jeremiah 29:12; Matthew 7:7; John 14:13, 14, 16:24; James 1:5.)

3. Do you call — and wait — on God for His answers?

4 AVENGES: God redeems, displays His vengeance, avenges, and punishes, including revenging.

Ps. 3:7 "Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw ..."

Ps. 9:12 "For he who avenges blood remembers ..."

Ps. 18:47 "He is the God who avenges me ..."

Ps. 53:5 "God scattered the bones of those who attacked you; you put them to shame, for God despised them.

Ps. 64:7 "But God will shoot them with his arrows; they will suddenly be struck down."

Ps. 79:10 "Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants."

Ps. 94:1 "The Lord is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth."

a. Hebrew/Strong's/biblical use

• redeem

• rise, arise, stand

• wound / slaughter

• vengeance

b. Other versions/translations

• avenging

• makes inquisition for

• punish

• punishment

• revenging

• smitten, slapped, struck

• tracks down, pays back

c. Praise & Prayer Journal

1. When did God avenge for His people in the Bible? (Answers could include: while departing for Egypt, during the plagues in Egypt.)

2. What are other biblical examples of God avenging or punishing, like the enemies of Israel? (Answers could include: while departing Egypt, Sodom and Gomorrah; the tumbling walls of Jericho; the Lord avenges the Philistines by Samson [Judges 16]; David's victory over Goliath; other Scriptures: Leviticus 19:18; Proverbs 20:22, 24:29; Nahum 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:6; Hebrews 10:30.)

3. When have you seen God avenge in a situation?

5 AWESOME: God is to be feared, revered, honored, respected, and is wonderful, mighty, stunning; He is known by his inspiring, awesome deeds.

Ps. 45:4 "In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds."

Ps. 47:2 "For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth."

Ps. 65:5 "You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas."

Ps. 66:3 "How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.

Ps. 66:5 "Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!"

Ps. 68:35 "You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary ..."

Ps. 89:7 "He is more awesome than all who surround him."

Ps. 106:22 "... miracles in the land of Ham and awesome deeds by the Red Sea."

Ps. 111:9 "He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever — holy and awesome is his name."

Ps 145:6 "They tell of the power of your awesome works — and I will proclaim your great deeds."

a. Hebrew/Strong's/biblical use

• marvelous

• to fear

• to honor, respect

• to revere, be afraid

b. Other versions/translations

• awe-inspiring

• highly / greatly feared

• highly respected

• honored, honor

• inspiring

• mighty

• revere

• reverend

• stunning

• terrifying

• to be feared

• wonderful

c. Praise & Prayer Journal

1. What are some of God's awesome deeds? (Answers could include: protecting Israel from the Egyptians, parting of the Red Sea and the Jordan River, providing food for forty years in the desert, the tumbling walls at Jericho.)

2. What are other biblical examples of this characteristic, attribute, or action of God? (Possible answers: The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent [Exodus 14:14]; He has awesome power [Deuteronomy 4:34, 7:19, 9:29]; His awesome signs and wonders [Deuteronomy 6:22]; His awesome acts [2 Samuel 7:23]; "Yahweh is with me as an awesome, mighty one" [Jeremiah 20]; God gave His only begotten son [John 3:16].)

3. How has God been awesome in your life, and in the life of your family and friends?

6 BEARS: God loads us with benefits, carries us in His arms, and carries our burdens and heavy loads.

Ps. 68:19 "Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens."

a. Hebrew/Strong's/biblical use

• be borne, load, put

• to load, impose a burden

b. Other versions/translations

• bears up

• carries our burdens for us

• carries our heavy loads

• carries us along

• carries us in His arms

• loads us with benefits

c. Praise & Prayer Journal

1. When has God borne your burden or your family's burden?

2. What are biblical examples of this characteristic, attribute, or action of God? (Answers could include: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph; God pledges to carry our burdens [Psalms 55:22]; "The Lord your God will hold your right hand" [Isaiah 41:13]; God will carry His flock in His bosom [Isaiah 46:11].)

3. What should you give to God to bear? Name an ongoing burden or heavy load.

7 BLESSES: God rewards, does what is right, favors, empowers, supplies, and grants.

Ps. 5:12 "Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield."

Ps. 28:9 "Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever."

Ps. 29:11 "The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace."

Ps. 37:22 "Those the Lord blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be destroyed."

Ps. 67:1 "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us."

Ps. 67:6 "The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us."

Ps. 67:7 "May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him."

Ps. 115:12 "The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless his people Israel."

Ps. 115:13 "He will bless the house of Aaron, he will bless those who fear the Lord — small and great alike."

Ps. 118:26 "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you."

Ps. 132:15 "I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food."

Ps. 134:3 "May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth."

Ps. 147:13 "He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you."

a. Hebrew/Strong's/biblical use

• blessed

• happy

b. Other versions/translations

• do what is right

• empower

• favored

• grants

• reward

• supply

• You mark us with blessing

c. Praise & Prayer Journal

1. How did God bless Israel and His people in the Old Testament?

2. What are other biblical examples of this characteristic, attribute, or action of God? (Among the answers: Abraham [Genesis 12:1-3, 22:17]; Isaac [Genesis 26:24]; Jacob [Genesis 27:27-29, 28:12-15; Jacob at Bethel, Genesis 35]; God's hand on Ezra and Nehemiah [Ezra 7:6, 7:10, 8:18, 8:22, 8:31; Nehemiah 2:8, 2:18]; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly [Psalm 84:11].)

3. How has God blessed you, your family, your work and business, our country?

8 CLEANSES: God purifies, purges, makes clean and pure, washes, scrubs away.

Ps. 51:2 "Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin."

Ps. 51:7 "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean ..."

a. Hebrew/Strong's/biblical use

• clean, purify, purge

• to be pure

• to make white, clean

b. Other versions/translations

• purge

• purify

• to make clean

• to make pure

• wash, scrub away

c. Praise & Prayer Journal

1. Who in the Bible was cleansed by God? (David, following his sins with Bathsheba, is a preeminent example.)

2. What are other biblical examples of this characteristic, attribute, or action of God? (Answers could include: The Day of Atonement shall be "made for you to cleanse you and you will be clean from your sins before the Lord" [Leviticus 16:30]; when the Lord washed away filth [Isaiah 4:4]; "I will cleanse them from all of their iniquity" [Jeremiah 33:8]; Thus says the Lord God "on the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities" [Ezekiel 36:33]; God's fountain cleanses us from sin and impurity [Zechariah 13:1].)

3. Should we ask God to cleanse us of past sins and shortcomings? How should you approach God in doing so?

9 COMFORTS: God strengthens, reassures, give courage, makes us feel secure, consoles, and comforts.

Ps. 23:4 "I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

Ps. 71:21 "You will increase my honor and comfort me once more."

Ps. 86:17 "... for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me."

Ps. 94:19 "When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul."

Ps. 119:52 "I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them."


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