Join me today for a “praise chat”. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. —Psalm 145:3
From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! —Psalm 113:3
My mouth is full of praise and honor to You all day long. —Psalm 71:8 (HCSB)
There are many words for praise in the original language of both the Old and New Testament. Take a look:
- Halal– to shine forth light, to be radiant, to be bright, to boast, celebrate, to glorify.
- Yadah– to throw, cast shoot, to confess, to give thanks, praise.
- Towdah– confession, praise, thanksgiving, a hymn of praise.
- Zamar- to sing praise, to make music.
- Mahalal- to boast, to praise.
- Hilluwl- rejoicing praise; comes from the root word halal.
- Shabach– to address in a loud voice, to glorify, praise or adore God; to soothe or still with praises.
- Ainos– a praise or laudatory discourse, a story of praise
- Ainesis– a praise or thank offering
- Doxa– to think, to recognize, to glory. Glory is the true apprehension of God or things. Giving glory to God is ascribing to Him His full recognition. Spoken of honor due or rendered, i.e. praise, applause.
- Epaineo- to praise, to bestow praise upon, applaud, commend.
- Eulogeo- to praise, to celebrate with praise, to speak praise.
- Hymneo– to celebrate or praise in song.
We see that our praise can be a song, a story or an offering of praise. It involves confession, thanksgiving, boasting and celebrating —all directed to our awesome God —Creator, Almighty, Everlasting, Loving, Faithful, Merciful, Patient, Eternal and Holy. He is indescribable and infinite, and therefore our praise knows no end!
Doxa is one of the New Testament words for praise and it also means to glory. It is the idea of giving recognition to someone or something. It is the true apprehension of something’s worth.
What receives the greatest attention or recognition in your life?
Our lives should be a story of praise to the world of what God has done for us and in us. This world and the events of each day hold many distractions that can keep us from praise. That’s why I’ve so enjoyed the summer study of focusing on who God is and what He has done. It’s been a way for me to remain aware and be intentional with focused attention in spite of the daily distractions.
Halal is one of the Old Testament word for praise meaning to praise, to shine forth light, to be bright, to boast, to celebrate, to glorify. At the heart of this root word is the idea of radiance. The well-known imperative phrase in the Hebrew “hallelujah” called for giving glory to God. Psalms 113-118 and Psalm 136 are known as the “Hallel” psalms. These were Psalms that were sung during special feasts such as, Passover, Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles(Booths).
Psalm 136 is referred to as the “Great Hallel”. The structure of Psalm 136, the Great Hallel, uses the refrain, “His love endures forever” after each stanza. This was possibly done in the format of responsive worship.
The word for love in Psalm 136 is one that you should be familiar with. We studied it in earlier in Summer SOAK. It is the word hesed which refers to God’s unfailing love. Do you remember how multi-faceted God’s unfailing love is? Psalm 136 expresses it so beautifully. As the psalmist declares an attribute of God, who He is or what He has done, it is followed with the response “His love endures forever!”
I’m going to ask you to write your own Hallel to the Lord as part of our SHINE time today.
For your praise time today, write your own Hallel. Spend some time reflecting on all that God has done for you, write it out and then pray it back to the Lord. Consider using the format of the Great Hallel found in Psalm 136.
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! —Psalm 34:1-3
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