Interesting to note that in the entirety of scripture there are only seven types of praise ever mentioned. This tells us clearly that worship is well defined by God. Now these may not all be ways you are I are comfortable with.. but they are scriptural.. these are the ways God asks for Praise.. for all scripture was God breathed:
1.YADAH - yaw-daw - to worship with the extended hand. To lift your hands unto the Lord. It carries the meaning of absolute surrender as a young child does to a parent - "pick me up, I'm all yours". 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 . Well the obvious question is, when was the last time you raised hands in praise? Oh PF that’ s not my style. I’m not comfortable with that public expressiveness. Don’t hear my words … Hear God’s words… Yadah is acceptable praise… to not occasionally raise our hands is actually not fulfilling God’s plan for praise.
2.TEHILLAH -teh-hil-law- to sing, to laud. A spontaneous new song. Singing from a melody in your heart by adding words to it. This refers to a special kind of singing-it is singing unprepared, unrehearsed songs. Brings tremendous unity to the body of Christ. Singing straight to God. Can move into tehilah anytime. God manifests Himself in the mids of exuberant singing. Scripture: Psalms 22:3, 34:1, 40:3, 66:2, 2 Chronicles 20:22 . The Jesus Culture music we often do here in worship has sections of songs where people are encouraged to improv their praise in song. It’s awkward and a bit chaotic.. everyone singing different words out loud.. but folks.. it’s SCRIPTURAL Praise.
3.BARAK - baw-rak - To kneel or to bow. To give reverence to God as an act of adoration. It implies to continual conscious giving place. I am acknowledging Him as KING and GOD. Scripture: Psalm 103 . Do you ever kneel in praise? When was the last time you consciously gave place to God?
4.HALAL - haw-lal - to make a show, to boast; to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; Scripture: 1 Chron. 16:4, 23:5,30, 25:3, 29:13, Neh. 12:24 (this word appears over 110 times in the OT) This was David dancing naked before the ark of the covenant. He became FOOLISH… when was the last time you became showy and foolish in praise? It’s God’s word folks.. not mine
5.TOWDAH -to-daw -To give worship by the extension of the hand in adoration or agreeing with what has been done or will be. Agreeing with His Word - faith in His Word. The ATTITUDE for TOWDAH is: I'm thanking God. I'm agreeing with God that it is as He says. I don't care what it looks like. I'm agreeing with what His Word says. Example: Father, I thank You that I am healed. Scripture: Psalm 42:4, 50:23, Jer. 17:26. This particular type of praise would occur during the reading or hearing of God’s word.. maybe even while a sermon is given.… or possibly when the voice of God speaks uniquely to you…. Again, we are not all comfortable with hand raising but God has made it abundantly clear.. Praise is our response to Him… therefore it must be done on His terms.
6.ZAMAR - zaw-mar - To sing with instruments. To make music accompanied by the voice.. It carries the idea of making music in praise to God as in Psalm 92:1. The word ZAMAR also means to touch the strings, and refers to praise that involves instrumental worship as in Psalm 150. The one word is usually translated "sing praises". This is the one act of praise most of us have actually done… or did we? How often do we sing the songs as the worship team leads but never allow the words to be true soul surrendered Praise?
7.SHABACH - shaw-bakh - to address in a loud tone, a loud adoration, a shout! Proclaim with a loud voice, unashamed, the GLORY, TRIUMPH, POWER, MERCY, and 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, 63:3-4 … Let’s give a Shabach RIGHT NOW… let’s address in a loud tone… “PRAISE THE LORD”
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