From the burning bush, God for the first time tells Moses who thinks he is a nobody, God’s own personal name. When Moses asks for God’s name? We are told in Exodus 3:14-15, 14God answered Moses, “I Am Who I Am. This is what you must say to the people of Israel: ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” 15Again God said to Moses, “This is what you must say to the people of Israel: The LORD God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name forever. This is my title throughout every generation.” — (GOD’S WORD)
Where you see LORD capitalized in Bible translations is the Hebrew word, Yahweh. In the original Hebrew language there are 4 consonants which would be pronounced, “Yahveh.” The Hebrew language didn’t really have vowels. The closest thing the Hebrew language had to vowels would be a “yod,” a “he,” and a “waw” until they used dots and small capital T’s underneath their consonants.
Generally with Hebrew words, there’s a root word that names come from so you can always trace it back to something that gives you an idea. The fascinating thing about this word is some people believe it has some connections with the name “I AM” and “to be” and “becoming” and “coming to the fulfillment.” Thanks to the work of Ray Vander Laan and others, I have learned that the yod, he, waw, he, were sounds of breathing so that you’re barely able to even pronounce them. Because these letters sound like breathing, they believe the name in Moses time was unpronounceable.
Thanks to the work of Ray Vander Laan and others, I have discovered that it’s like you saying, “God, what is your name?” And God breathes. Once a year, the high priest goes into the Holy of Holies to say the name of God. So the high priest prepares all year long, and on the Day of Atonement goes into the Holy of Holies, into God’s presence, and breathes? Yod, he, waw, he.
When a baby is born, what is the first thing it has to do or it won’t live? Breathe or say the name of God? The last thing you do before you pass on to another place is you take your last breath. Or is it when you are no longer able to say the name of God, you are dead? So in every breath of life, we need to recognize our need for God’s divine strength and power.
So take a deep breath, breathe in that breath of life and breathe out your praise of God. Where do you need to sense God’s presence amid your breathing today?