Praise, Praise, Praise, Praise, Praise, Praise and Praise
On Sunday, Jason shared regarding praise and worship and he mentioned that there are seven Hebrew words for praise. Let’s take a few minutes to look at each of these words and one of the scriptures where they are used:
- Halal – the word hallelujah comes from this Hebrew word – Halal means to boast, rave or celebrate. Psalm 150:1 “Praise the Lord. Praise God in him in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.”
- Yadah – worship with an extended hand. Psalm 69:30 “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”
- Towdah – similar to Yadah – extension of the hand in adoration or avowal. Psalm 50:14 “Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,”
- Shabach – to shout, to address in a loud tone. “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.”
- Barak – to kneel down. Psalm 95:6 “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”
- Zamar – to use instruments, to sing praise. I Chronicles 16:9 “Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful works.”
- Tehillah – to sing, hymns of the spirit. Psalm 147:1 “Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God.”
Notice that all the Hebrew words for praise involve action, often loud and demonstrative action. Many believers are uncomfortable with demonstrative and emotional praise and worship. We seem to think that church is a place to be quiet, dignified and staid and that our worship should be the same. In II Samuel 6:14-16, a much different picture of praise is painted. David and 30,000 Israelite men brought the Ark of the Lord back to Jerusalem. In these verses we are told that the whole house of Israel brought the ark into the city with shouts and the sound of trumpets. David was not only singing and shouting, he was dancing and leaping before the Lord.
Do you struggle to be demonstrative in your praise to God? Take the time to first reflect on who God really is and what He has done for you. Then go to the Psalms and meditate on the praise offered to God there, read it aloud, sing the words, shout…Praise the Lord!