The Wonder of God’s Breath in You!

By on September 7, 2014

I’m frequently struck by how underwhelmed I can seem by incredible truths about God. Things that should literally take my breath away, I’m guilty of merely glancing at and then looking away.  As if anything about God could ever become ordinary or unworthy of my full attention.

So I love it when He breaks through my distraction-of-the-moment to woo my heart to His and open my mind to His absolute, greater wonders.

Example – we all do it. Breathe. But how often do we stop to think about where that breath comes from and what we do with it given where it comes from?

We are told from the beginning that “the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7 NASB).

Job declared, “the breath of God is in my nostrils” (Job 27:3 NASB).

And Acts 17:25b (NASB) says, “He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.”

We read and know this intellectually. But how often do we allow ourselves to be captured by the power and wonder of that truth? That it’s God’s very breath filling our lungs! And we literally use His breath in us to pour His praise and worship out in response. Take a slow, deep breath and think about that for a minute. Consider how every day is full of choices of how to use that God-given breath – to worship Him with our lives and voices, or not. It’s staggering.

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

And in Psalm 104:33 (NLT), “I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath!”

This truth is so perfectly and beautifully expressed in the song “Great Are You, Lord” by All Sons and Daughters. Every time I hear it, my spirit is carried to the God who gives me every single breath. The chorus says,

It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
To You only

Take a couple of minutes to listen to this song. Invite God to overwhelm you with the simple, yet powerful, truth of His breath in you. And use His breath to pour out your worship to Him in response. Allow your God to take the very breath He gave you away in worship!

Oh God, may I never take the very breath You’ve given me for granted, but use it bring You the glory You deserve! You alone are worthy! You alone are God!

When have you had a moment where God has captured your heart with simple, but powerful, truth about Himself?


May We Never Lose Our Wonder

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  1. Randi
    September 10, 2014

    This is such a wonderful word for today. I actually have recently begun to practice slowing my breathing down and with each breath letting go of my day, concerns, failures etc. and breathing in the knowledge of God’s presence with me. To add to it a word of praise is a beautiful thought and I’m eager to grow more in this way.

    • Pamela Haddix
      September 10, 2014

      I love that, Randi. I used to do that more and need to get back to it. Thanks for the reminder!

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