Hebrew Letter Shin

When we open our Bibles to Psalm 119 we see that there are twenty-two sections. Each is under the heading of one of the letters from the Hebrew alphabet. When we read Psalm 119:161-168, we see that it falls under the Hebrew letter shin, ש. This is an interesting letter. It looks almost like the w in our English alphabet.

It shows up on the mezuzahs on Jewish homes. A mezuzah is Scripture from Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 housed in a decorative case and placed on the doorframe of the home. Often, they have the letter shin on them, because shin stands for one of the names of God, Shaddai, Almighty. El Shaddai can also be translated as the Mountain God. So, the letter shin is a beautiful reminder of how powerful our God is. When we say to the Mountain be moved, our God is moved.

This letter shows up in other places too. If we were to look at an aerial view of the city of Jerusalem, we would see that the shin is formed by the three valleys of the city, the Kidron Valley, the Tyropoeon Valley, and the Hinnom Valley. God said He would place His name on Jerusalem. (1 Kings 8:28-29) And what a blessing for us, in our modern world, that we can see it.

But God also placed His name on each of us. When we look at an outline of the chambers of our hearts, we can also see the letter shin. Psalm 119:161 says, “Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word.” And whether our minds acknowledge it or not, our very own hearts recognize that God is God, The Almighty, The Mountain God.

This was a new one for me. Every time we lift our head and our hands in praise to God, we are actually forming the letter shin, declaring the name of God.

God is with us when we call on His name. He is with us with every beat of our hearts. He is with us every time we lift our hands in praise.

Our God is with us. He is for us. He surrounds us.

Almighty God, I lift my voice, I lift my hands, and I bow my heart in praise and worship to You.


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