All It Takes Is One Breath

Breath means life. Someone who breathes has a whole world of nature to explore, places to experience, food to taste, dreams to conquer, and a God to praise. Without it, one has no life and everything that comprise it.

To breathe is to live, and to live is to breathe.

And it all originated from the Lord.

Let’s get a little bit technical and have a Bible word study. In Genesis 1:2, when God created the universe (or multi universe), it says “. . .and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters“. The Hebrew word of Spirit is Ruach which means breath or wind [1].

When God created man in Genesis 2:7, He “. . .breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Side note: this is one of the many reasons why I love my blog’s name His Breath of Grace.)

In the valley of an army of bones where Ezekiel prophesied, God told him to say “. . .this is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.

There are still so many on the list about God’s breath. But what it all reveals is His incomparable power and wisdom [2].

One breath to create the universe. One breath to give man life. One breath to raise a valley of dry bones into life.

All it takes is one breath.

Isn’t that awesome! Isn’t He great?! Such power, sovereignty, and wisdom can be seen in His creations and masterpiece. In us! We are created to reflect a speck of His glory, His indescribable character, and immeasurable attributes!

And it’s not only His power, sovereignty, and wisdom that is shown but also His ability to sustain without limit. By that one breath, He gave us our own that symbolizes life. He himself sustains us with our own breath so we could use it for our ultimate purpose: to praise Him.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:6

I’ve read that verse five months ago and for some reasons, I always remember it. I hear myself utter it in my mind in random situations like when I’m reading or scrolling online. It bugged me so much that I began to realize that maybe the Holy Spirit just wants to remind me to praise the Lord right there and then.

With all that’s happening this year, with every horrible thing that we never saw coming, I think most of us find it really hard to praise the Lord. The accidents, the pandemic, and the natural disasters, with their enormity, just seem to block the blessings from our sight. How can we even praise the Lord when everything around us doesn’t look great?

But the verse doesn’t say that we only get to praise the Lord when our situation is fun, or when we receive something from Him. It doesn’t say that we first need to have money, or to reach our dreams first, or to celebrate achievements, before we could utter our praise and say yes to His commands. The Lord doesn’t require our own works and achievements as a standard of praising Him because that would mean our failures and sins can also make a stand that we can’t.

To praise the Lord is not based on our situation and circumstance but based on His ability to create, sustain, and love us unconditionally. It is based on the life that He continually provides us with every day. When He gave us our breath, He already gave us the permission and opportunity to utter His glorious name.

All it takes is one breath.

And it’s not only the human creation. Every living creature’s existence shows an expression of His glory [2] and is made to worship the Lord with its breath! (see Psalm 148)

I just can’t contain this because there’s so much love and grace for us that we don’t deserve. Even from someone who makes mistakes, being able to get reminded that having a breath is enough to praise the Lord is already beyond honor and privilege.

It took God one breath to give man life, it only takes man one breath to give Him praise.

One breath.

When the going gets rough, may we remember that all the time.


1. https://www.christianity.com/wiki/christian-terms/what-is-the-meaning-of-the-hebrew-word-ruach.html

2. https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-pleasure-of-god-in-his-creation

Additional Reading:
https://adrianfumc.org/sermons/breathe-in-grace-breathe-out-praise/
https://www.ifcj.org/learn/holy-land-moments/daily-devotionals/praise-the-lord-for-every-breath/

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