Morning Thought: Whitney Houston beautifully belts out, “I have nothing, nothing, nothing if I don’t have you.” In my heyday as a DJ, I often played Whitney. While she sings of human love in this song, I suspect there is something more going on. I think she’s drawing from her soul’s depths as she remembers her relationship with God as a child––and that’s why the song has such an impact.
I know I have nothing without Yahweh my God and this what the fifth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet, ה Hey, is all about. Hey is the breath, the call and the presence. God chooses to feature this letter two times in his personal name, יהוה YHVH, or Yahweh. Read about it in Exodus 3:13-15, and you’ll see that the Lord is saying he will be present and active among his people. The Creator is so close you can hear his breath…if you listen. He is the one that causes all things to be. You are nothing without him. And you can be nothing without him.
In Psalm 119:33-40 (the ה Hey portion) the Psalmist continually uses Hey ה at the beginning of each verse to communicate that only God can cause him to be holy and righteous. “Cause me to learn [הורני, Horeni], O Yahweh [יהוה, YHVH], the way of your written Scriptures and I will keep them to the end” (Psalm 119:33, my translation).