Let everything that hath
breath praise the Lord!
The Lord God
inhabits the praises
of His people!
Psalm 22:3 But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.
How do we praise a most high God?
The scriptures in Hebrew are so much more descriptive than in English! Many times the verses will just say “praise” in English, but in Hebrew it says one of the words listed below:
Yadah – Lifting my hands up to the Lord as in complete surrender.
Tehillah – Singing a spontaneous song to the Lord God.
Barak – Bowing or kneeling to God.
Halal – To boast and celebrate.
Towdah – To raise one’s hand in adoration and agreement.
Zamar – To sing praises accompanied by musical instruments.
Shabach – To shout to the Lord (without any inhibition because He is what matters most).
Many verses are descriptive, even in English. They tell us to lift holy hands, sing, shout, bow or dance.
Psalm 51:14,15 – My tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
1 Chronicles 23:5 – They praised the lord with instruments which David made for giving praise.
Psalm 150:4 – Praise him with the timbrel and dance.
Some Christians will say that this is all “Old Testament” but as you can see it was also in the New Testament. Again…….the English translation doesn’t show the descriptive nature. The Greek is more demonstrative like Hebrew. It is a pity that the words don’t translate perfectly!
God wants us to love Him and His Son.
He desires us to worship Him in “spirit and truth”.
Praise ye Jehovah. Praise God in his sanctuary: Praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts: Praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with trumpet sound: Praise him with psaltery and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and dance: Praise him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise him with loud cymbals: Praise him with high sounding cymbals.
Let everything that hath breath praise Jehovah. Praise ye Jehovah.
- The Praise-Filled Life IX (darylgstewart.net)
- S&S Call Notes: The Power of PRAISE! (spiritandserendipity.com)