How praise-ful are you?
Yes, you! How often do you take out time to praise your maker. Is it just during church services, or when that praise jam comes up? Well, let’s think again…. Praise should be a lifestyle! A culture, and attitude, a behavior, a character…
Sometimes tough and trying situations cloud our minds and seek ways to drain our Spirits but on today’s episode of Faith Factor I want to encourage everyone, including me, to always get our praise on. We should never lose our praise…
Let’s go through the scriptures and see the different ways God was praised and maybe we can get a clue on the different ways we can praise God.
1. BARAK (baw-rak’)
To bow down to, or kneel before, the Lord with the intent in my heart that He is my KING and I yield to Him, acknowledging Him as KING and GOD. To give reverence to God as an act of adoration. It implies to continual conscious giving place to God. Blessing the Lord, extolling virtue.
SONG: BLESS THE LORD
SCRIPTURES: Psalm 103 tells us how to bless the Lord and then goes on to enumerate those blessings: loving kindness, satisfaction redemption, honor, renewal. We bless the Lord by remembering all of these things. Psalm 72:12-15.
2. HALAL (haw-lal’)
To shine, boast, rave about, celebrate or even to be clamorously foolish. Like the dance like David kinda praise, testimony praise.
SCRIPTURES: 1 Chron. 16:4, 23:5,30, 25:3, 29:13, Neh. 12:24
3. SHABACH (shaw-bakh’) To shout loudly or command a loud adoration. Proclaim with a loud voice, unashamed, the GLORY, TRIUMPH, POWER, MERCY, LOVE OF GOD. This word implies that testimony is praise. The phrase “shout unto the Lord” can be understood as the action of SHABACH. It is not just being loud. You should have the attitude of putting your whole being into it, an attitude of being totally uninhibited.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 117:1, 63:1-4.
4. TEHILLAH (teh-hil-law’)
To sing unrehearsed, unplanned praises, a spontaneous new song. Singing from a melody in your heart by adding words to it. Brings tremendous unity to the body of Christ. Singing straight to God. Can move into tehilah anytime. Singing it the second time would be ZAMAR. It is the praise that God inhabits (sits enthroned on)(Psalm 22:3) God manifests Himself in the mids of exuberant singing.
SCRIPTURES: Psalms 22:3, 34:1, 40:3, 66:2, 2 Chronicles 20:22.
5. TOWDAH (to-daw’)
To extend or raise your hands in thanksgiving for something that hasn’t yet occurred or that you haven’t yet received. Faith praise. This word is commonly found in connection with sacrifice-applying the giving of thanks or praise as a sacrifice before reception or manifestation. Thanking God for something that I don’t have in the natural. Agreeing with His Word – faith in His Word. This form of praise goes in operation just because His Word is true. “Father, I thank YOU that YOUR WORD is TRUE. As we raise our hearts and hands in praise to the Lord, it involves a sacrifice, especially if one is very sick in body. The carnal mind would fight and ridicule this particular action, but there is great faith in TOWDAH as praise. The lifting of the hand symbolizes agreement. The right hand symbolizes my covenant with my Father.
As I go through the scriptures, God is seen extending His Right Hand to me. That’s the covenant. When He extends His right hand to me, He’s saying to me – ALL THAT I AM IS YOURS, and when I extend my right hand to Him, I am saying “All that I am is yours and I agree with what You’re saying. It is the sacrifice that God honors by His performing of miracles.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 42:4, 50:23, Jer. 17:26, Psalm 50:23.
6. YADAH (yaw-daw’)
To extend your hands vigorously as in complete surrender. The giving of oneself in worship and adoration. To lift your hands unto the Lord. To confess, it carries the meaning of absolute surrender as a young child does to a parent – “pick me up, I’m all yours”. The consecration worship/praise.
SCRIPTURES: Gen. 29:35, 2 Chron. 7:6, 20:21, Psalms 9:1, 28:7, Psalms 33:2, 42:5,11, 49:18, Isaiah 12:1.
YADAH in PRACTICE – Lift my hands to Him and say how I am surrendering myself to Him. List the ways that I am surrendering to Him. Be diligent. Be disciplined. Be specific. Take the discipline and SAY to the Lord how I am surrendering to Him. With my hands uplifted – surrender unto my God – spirit, soul & body. Totally commit myself to my father.
Why is surrender so important in worship? What does this scripture teach you about worship and telling others about God’s goodness? How does sharing your testimony affect the Body of Christ?
7. ZAMAR (zaw-mar’)
To touch the strings, mostly rejoicing. To make music accompanied by the voice. Praise that involves instrumental worship. One of the musical verbs for praise in the book of psalms. It carries the idea of making music in praise to God as in Psalm 92:1. The one word is usually translated “sing praises”.
Read Psalm 150.
P.S. I tell people there is NO STATIC way to praise God. You might decide to engage in the Zamar Praise but the Lord can lead you in on the Halleluyah Praise. So what do you do, stay back and follow your routine or flow in the Spirit? I already know what you’ll do…
Let me hear your thoughts!