7 Hebrew Words for Praise Pt. 1
There are things that we do that we get into a routine and we forget why. Worship- Is it something we often do because we made a habit of it?
I know I’m repeating myself but what is worship? Worship is a response to God in act, thought, and deed that brings Him pleasure. He is worthy. In worship, our number one desire is to please His heart. When we worship, we grow in our relationship with Him. And the more we grow in our relationship with Him, the more we know what pleases His heart.
Are there things we do in praise and worship that we do simply out of routine? God’s desire is not necessarily to see hands raised in worship, He wants us to please His heart. His “thing” is not to see hands raised and getting a kick out of it.
The book of Amos talks about the people of God doing all the things they were asked to do. God responds and says I hate that! It’s not what I’m looking for. We need to understand that hands raised or singing are simply acts, but hands raised and singing to God as a physical expression of praise with the desire to please His heart is a beautiful act of worship.
This week I want to share with you seven Hebrew words of praise and what they mean. There are many, but these are the most common. They are all ACTION words, meaning an expressive response. There’s something prophetic about our body movements. Things happen when we worship with our bodies in this way. We need to know what it means to worship God with our bodies and our voice. My heart is that we will learn to use all of these words in our worship to God.
- Barak (Psalm 95:6, 100:4)
Barak means to kneel in an act of blessing, to bless in adoration, to salute. This word means to give a continual giving place to the Lord, saying “You are my King, the centre of my life.”
- Yadah (Psalm 54:6, 92:1)
This word means to hold out the hand, to worship with raised hands in surrender. It’s also a thankful expression for what He has done. This is the first response we usually give when we worship. Treat this action word as an invitation to go beyond the “comfort zone.”
- Todah (Psalm 100, 42:4, 56:12)
Todah is to lift the hands in adoration. It is a thank offering of praise, thanking the Lord for what he’s going to do as if it’s already been done. It is praising Him before the fact. It is also the clasping together of hands to one another in agreement. Next time your standing next to your neighbors in church, give them a high five! Doing this kind of praise, praising when you don’t feel like it isn’t fake, it’s FAITH (refer to last weeks entry, “Faith and Worship).”
I hope that you have learned something new this week. Next week we will continue with the last four Hebrew words for praise.