Breath of God: the Breath of Life

Breathing. It’s a good thing! Right? God gives each of us the right to take a breath; a right to breathe throughout our lifetime. Inhale. Exhale. It feels great! As created beings we breathe in and breathe out many times a day.  Our breathing is the outward and inward reality of our existence.  It is the inward and outward reality that God is.

Breathing, it is a necessity!

Without it, we cease being on this earth—forever.

Breathe in….

Breathe out…


God gives the breath of life.  He gave it to Adam.  “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7, NKJV)

With that breath of life, God stamped HIS name upon the very soul of man.  With His name we have breath and life. He imprinted His name into every living soul.

Hebrew scholars, when looking at the God’s Sacred Name (YHWH, YHVH), have concluded that when we breathe, we breathe the very name of God. Our breath, by its act, confesses to the existence of the Almighty.  The very sounds of each letter in YHWH (YHVH) are as the sounds of our breathing. Breathing is reflexive; the source of life.  God is our source of life and the One who designed our breathing to be a reflexive position of the very life He has given each of us.

I find it fascinating and sad, that many profess with the words of their mouth that there is no God.  (How wrong they are!) Even as they say it with their words, they are breathing His name.  Profound and ironic, isn’t it?

Think about it!  The very One Who holds Creation together, Who controls the winds, the rains, and holds every star in its place, holds our very lives in His hand, and even if we fail to acknowledge with our voice that He alone is God, His name is still spoken forth in our breath.

Try it!  Breathe in with your mouth open.  Now breathe out with your mouth open.  Do you hear it?  Yahveh (or Yahweh).  Some break it down into each letter of the tetragrammaton, YHWH (YHVH): Yod, Hey, Vav, and Hey, when referencing the breathing sequence.  Personally, for me I can hear it with just inhaling and exhaling once each.  But, really, try it!  If you listen carefully, you can hear ‘Yah’ on the inhale and ‘Weh’ (Veh) on the exhale.

We are the very ones made in the image of God, breathing forth back to Him, His very name by which we have breath.  His name is in our breath, the very thing by which we are able to infuse our blood with oxygen, initiating the very process by which our heart pumps blood to send life out to all our body organs.  The very thing that gives us life; our breath, is the very thing that was breathed into us to give us life; His name.  Spoken without vowels, but with the softness that is our breath, the very Name that is the Name above all names: YHWH; His name IS our Breath of life.

 “Let everything that has breath, praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” (Psalm 150:6, NKJV)

Would you like to hear some of the many Judaic names of God spoken? This is a great site to hear the proper pronunciations.

Jason Gray, singer, songwriter, has written a song about God’s name called ‘The Name of God is the Sound of Our Breathing.’ You will find an audio clip at the end of his article, plus the words of his song listed.  Hope you enjoy listening!


About LatanyaWagner

I'm a homeschooling mom of 3. Originally from Georgia, where I grew up learning about the value of hard work while living on a farm, I now live near Charlotte, NC, working hard to raise a family who loves and honors God. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Architectural Engineering and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Ministry. I'm also an aspiring writer and speaker. My first novel, 'Mending Hearts,' is available on Amazon. 'Unfailing Hearts,' my second novel, is also now available on Amazon. Sometime in the near future, I hope to have my third novel uploaded on Amazon for your reading pleasure.
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One Response to Breath of God: the Breath of Life

  1. Lisa Ball says:

    Thank you for posting this amazing article about Yahweh is the breath of life. The song is absolutely beautiful too also. Holy, Holy is Yahweh Almighty who was and is to come.

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