We believe in and proclaim the name YHVH and the shortened version YAH!
We use and call upon the powerful and Kadosh (Holy) name of the Almighty One of Israel found in Scripture— YHVH to honor and respect Him as instructed. Yah is specifically used as a shorter version of His name in singing, prayer, praise, and worship. HalleluYah! Here are a few verses to review:
Psalm 99:3 “Let them praise Your great and awesome name–He is holy!”
Jer. 10: 25 “ Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge You, and on the families that do not call on Your name…”
Isa 48:2 “…you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city and claim to rely on the God of Israel– Yhvh Almighty is his name…”
Psalm 99:5 “Exalt Yhvh our God, and worship at His footstool; He is holy! :6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests, and Samuel among those who called on His name. They called to Yhvh and He answered.”
Ps 105:1 “Praise Yhvh, call on His name!…”
Zech 14:9 “Yhvhh shall be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Eternal YHVH, and His name the only name.”
The majority of Jewish or Hebrew believers stopped using His real name several millennia ago (exceptions include private use during Yom Kippur worship or according to rabbinical traditions) in an effort to “respect it” and it’s spiritual significance… yet in doing so they have inadvertently hidden or brought His mighty name into “no effect.” No established modern religion has recognized the importance of His Holy name in calling upon Him, nor seem to understand this truth! Instead, most communicate by using titles such as God, Lord, Elohim, Adonai, Hasham, etc which all started with translators. (We will share some history in a later post.) Many old translations use Jehovah for His sacred name. Remember, the use of the word “the” in front of a word does not indicate a real name— but a title.
When the Scriptures say “call upon, sing to, cry aloud, and praise HIS NAME they do not mean these substitutes! Many of the Psalms use Yah and can be found directly translated in some versions of the NKJ for example. He has many titles but one name we should call upon! Exo. 3:15 is one example of the Almighty Himself telling Moses,
Say to Israelites, “YHVH*, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me (Moses) to you. This is My name forever, and this is how I am to be remembered in every generation.…”
It takes time when reading in the OT to replace “the Lord” and “God” in most places with YHVH or Yah, but with a little practice it becomes perfectly natural. By doing so, you are actually interacting directly with the Creator as He commanded and He does take notice!
Halleluyah or ים כנרת
Translated: Praise Ye Yah!
A favorite song and video from Joshua Aaron:
*”The Lord” is actually Yhvh in Exodus 3:15 and the name to use.