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7 Hebrew Words For Praise

Yadah, 3034 Towdah, 8426 Halal, 1984 Shabach, 7623 Tehillah, 8416 Zamar, 2167 Barak, 1288 Hilluwl, 1974 Mahalal, 4110 Praise is an expression from our hearts to our Father about our love for Him. It is an expression of our choice of surrender to be in relationship with Him. Praise is also a declaration and exaltation of who God is to us. Our praise comes from what God has done in...
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Spiritual Songs

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16 In the Old Testament there is a Hebrew word for singing praise, tehillah. Several times this word is used in connection with singing a new song – a song that hasn’t existed before, a new...
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A Now Anointing for a New Song

“He has put a new song in my mouth- praise to our God. Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3 As I was studying the Hebrew word for praise, tehillah, I noticed several verses that mentioned singing a new song. Psalm 149:1 says, “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints.” Isaiah 42:10...
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Power of a Song

“But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.” Psalm 22:3 Tehillah is a Hebrew word that means to sing a song or hymn, singing praise to someone who is being celebrated or praised. The word “psalm,” is tehillah. Psalms, the Bible book, is Tehillim, literally the Book of Praises containing songs or hymns, sung to the Lord. In Psalm 22:3 it says that God is enthroned in the...
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Bless God

“Bless the Lord, o my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!” Psalm 103:1 Like the English language, in the Hebrew language there can be more than one meaning to a word. The Hebrew word for praise, barak, means “to kneel before the Lord, to bow,” but it also means, “to bless.” God blesses His people all the time. When God blesses us, He is doing...
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Taking a Knee

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God…” Psalm 95:6-7 There are several Hebrew words that are translated into the word “praise,” showing us that there are several different ways that we can demonstrate our love for our God. There is a Hebrew word for praise, barak, that means “to kneel before the Lord, to bless, to...
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Praise, Presence, Power

Praise, Presence, Power “Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise (zamar) Your power.” Psalm 21:13 Zamar is a Hebrew word for praise that means, “to touch the strings of an instrument and to play unto its power.” Worship leaders and musicians are given to the church by God to lead all of us into worship. Whether we feel that we are talented in our...
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I Will Be Still

“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise (shabach) You.” Psalm 63:3 Shabach is a Hebrew word for praise that means “to laud, commend, adore, glory.” It also means “to soothe, still, stroke, to pacify.” The word is used eleven times in the Old Testament, of which, eight times it is used to speak praise to God. Three times it is used to describe a calming of...
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I Will Celebrate

“Let them praise (halal) His name in the dance…” Psalm 149:3 Halal is one Hebrew word for “praise,” and it means “to shine, to boast, to rave, to show, to celebrate, to glory, to dance, to be clamorously foolish.” It also means to be clear, to be brilliant, used of a clear sharp tone or sound. The word “hallelujah” comes from halal. When I think about what to compare halal...
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I Will Be Thankful

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4 Another Hebrew word for “praise” is towdah. It has the same root as yadah for extending the hands, but with a meaning of acceptance and thanksgiving. Towdah is thanking God for things not yet received as well as thanking Him for what is already in our hand. Towdah...
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I Will Lift My Hands

“I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:4 NIV There is a Hebrew word used in Psalm 63:4, yadah, and it means, “Extended hand, to throw out the hand, to worship with outstretched hands.” I was raised in a conservative American home in a mainline denominational church. In my early Christian experience, we did not lift our...
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My Expression

“… the reverent fear [respect] and worship of the Lord is your treasure and His.” Isaiah 33:6 Amplified Praise is an expression from our hearts to our Father about our love for Him. It is an expression of our choice of surrender to be in relationship with Him. Praise is also a declaration and exaltation of who God is to us. Our praise comes from what God has done in...
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Friendship Covenants

“That they all may be one…” John 17:21 Jesus prayed for believers in John 17, asking the Father to make us one with each other, one with Him and one with the Father. Becoming one is covenant talk. A covenant is a union between two or more parties. In regard to a friendship covenant, the relationship is not merely put together for the sake of unity, but because of a...
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Shared Convictions

“Do not be misled: bad company corrupts good character.” I Corinthians 15:33 NIV When referring to your close friendships, the Bible makes it very clear that your inner circle, those that you closely fellowship with, should be people who share your convictions for a holy lifestyle. Obviously, they aren’t going to be perfect and neither will you be, but your lives are surrendered to Christ, yielded to what is right...
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Humble Associations

“…associate with the humble…” Romans 12:16 The humble are people of valor who posture themselves to harmonize with God and His people. The opposite of a humble person is someone who is unyielding. When someone refuses to yield, submission to church authority could be difficult; criticism and withdraw are common. A person who is unyielding could become controlling, judgmental, divisive and manipulative. Christians that continually criticize God’s leaders are like...
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