Praise # 3 10-1-95
We’re teaching on the subject of praise throughout the Word of God. In the OT the are 7 main Hebrew words that are translated as praise. But in the Hebrew the words are much more descriptive, they have a much fuller meaning.
I. The 1st word that we took up was the Hebrew word “YADAH.”
A. “YADAH” means the act of praise and worship with extended hand.
1. This is a sign of total surrender and submission to God.
a. It also means that you are trusting in Him.
b. “Yadah” generally has to do with speaking, speaking out our praises to God.
2. There are several Vs in the Word of God that tells us to lift up our hands unto the Lord.
a. (Psalm 63:4) Says, “Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.”
b. (Psalm 134:2) “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.”
3. Paul says the same thing in the NT.
a. In (1 Timothy 2:8) it says, “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
4. We can see that there is power in praise.
a. In (2CHRON 20:21) Jehoshaphat put singers before his army that would praise the Lord.
b. As they went out they began to say “Praise (YADAH) the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.”
i. In (2 Chronicles 20:22) it says, “And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”
B. The 2nd Hebrew word that we found in the OT for praise is the word. “TOWDAH.”
1. TOWDAH has to do with offering up thanksgiving.
2. The Strong’s says that “TOWDAH” means “Give praise to God, thanksgiving in songs of worship, hymn of praise, or in confession (in words only).”
a. “TOWDAH” can be thanking Him for the things that He has done, but it can also be thanking Him for things that we have not received yet. (Things promised in His Word.)
i. Things like salvation, health and healing, prosperity, and all the blessings of God.
b. Paul said in (Philippians 4:6) “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
C. The 3rd Hebrew word for praise is “HALAL.”
1. “HALAL” means “To shine, to boast, to show, to celebrate, to be noisily foolish, or clamorourly foolish.”
a. Generally, “HALAL” refers to speaking our praises with volume and action.
. It might be dancing unto the Lord, it might be waving of the arms, it might be spinning like a top as David did.
2. In that same V that I read to you a few minutes ago in (2Chron 20:21) it says, that Jehoshaphat appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise (HALAL) the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise (YADAH) the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.”
a. And of course, they won the battle, but not through their own strength. God gave them the victory.
b. When you begin to praise the Lord, you release the power of God.
II. The 4th word that we have for praise is the Hebrew word “SHABACH.”
A. “SHABACH” means “to laud, applaud , praise, commend, glory, and triumph.”
1. Look at PSA 117:1 (The 2nd word is Shabach.)
a. SHABACH also implies in a loud tone.
2. Turn to PSA 63:1-4
a. This word for praise has to do with MAGNIFYING God, for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, Magnifying Him for His greatness.
b. We see an example of this in EXO 15.
i. This is the story of the parting of the Red Sea, where Israel went through the Red Sea and the Egyptians were destroyed in the sea.
ii. Look at what Moses and Israel did after the Egyptians were destroyed. EXO 15:1-4; 6-7a; 11; 20-21
3. SHABACH Usually has to do with joy and rejoicing for victory.
B. What does the NT say?
1. 2 COR 2:14
a. The Lord always causes us to triumph. So what are we to do?
b. Exactly what it says in (Philippians 4:4) “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”
ii. Because He has given us the victory.
III. The 5th word that we have for praise is the word “BARAK.”
A. The word “BARAK” is more conservative then the others and 1 of the most commonly used in the Word.
1. “BARAK” means “To kneel, to bless God as an act of adoration.”
2. It’s also translated as “Bless, or bow down in worshipful attitude.”
a. Sometimes this word is used to mean that God will bless us.
i. That we will receive His promises and His blessings in our lives.
b. Look at PSA 63:3-5 (Praise in V 3 is SHABACH and “I will bless thee” in V 4 is BARAK)
i. So often in the Word of God when someone would spend time in God’s presence in worship, God would begin to move in that persons life.
ii. It’s not so much that just because you worship God once that He will begin to do something in your life, but it’s more that bless the Lord on a regular basses will receive God’s blessings.
c. Turn to PSA 34:1-4 (In V 1 “I will bless” is BARAK, “Praise” in V 1 is TEHILLAH, and “Boast” in V 2 is HALAL noisily praising God.)
i. David is saying those that are spending time in the presence of God will be glad, they will have something to rejoice about. God will be working in there lives.
ii. Go down to V 10 (Psa 34:10)
iii. This whole Psalm is about God blessing His people that will seek His face and worship Him.
B. The 6th type of Praise is the Hebrew word “ZAMAR.”
1. “ZAMAR” means “to touch the strings or to play musical instruments.”
a. PSA 57:7-9 (“And give praises” in V 7 is ZAMAR and “I will sing” in V 9 is ZAMAR.) It means playing instruments in praise or worship.
2. Probably the most common passage for playing instruments in praise and worship is found in (PSA 150).
a. Let’s turn there PSA 150 all.
3. When we play instruments unto the Lord there is an anointing there.
a. When David played him harp before Saul, the evil spirits left him.
b. There is an anointing in our praises unto God.
i. It bring the very presence of God on the seen and the supernatural happens.
WOLCC SUN AM 10/1/95 From Charles Trombley’s book “Praise, Faith in Action.” Pg. 28-32