YHWH is the sound we make when we’re breathing.
breathe in through your mouth. breathe out through your mouth, deeply.
The Hebrews have transliterated this expression of the body--the inhale and the exhale--into letter form. It may be understood in English as YHWH, the name that God spoke to Moses on the mountain as he was instructing Moses to champion the freedom of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 3:15, see below). We have added vowels to make sense of this expression of the name of God in language, YAHWEH. Yet, in its purest form, his name is YHWH: the very breath.
We are literally always expressing his name. Think about it. If the very purpose of our matter is to worship him, then how could we ever depart from it unless we cease to breathe? He is the God who meets us in our deaths, conquers them inside of the safety of his love, and then presses life back into our lungs. We will never cease to worship him as long as we live.
life is the extravagant phenomena of breathing.
This is the beauty of the gospel: there is no longer any disconnection from God because he has reconciled us back to his life (Romans 5:8-11). Even death (the ceasing of the breath) has been overcome by Jesus. He has proven, by the cross and the empty grave, that we will never be disconnected from Him in whom we find our being (Acts 17:27-28). Therefore, we will always worship God, whether we accept the joy of knowing it or not. We will always, in all of our humanness, come back to the very breath, YHWH.
There is no disconnection from God.
Even in our worst, most blind, crazed,
grief-struck, wordless, and lonely moments,
He is the inhale. He is the exhale. He is YHWH.
And we will never cease to worship him.
We will never cease to say his name.
Today, leave all of your strivings in the silence,
And just breathe. Breathe Him in.