Word #2- Yadah
Psalm 54:6- I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
Psalm 92:1- It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
The word yadah means to hold out the hand, to worship with raised hands in surrender- such surrender as a child surrenders to a parent. We raise our hands in an attitude of trust, love, and awe. To raise the hands is both human and biblical. It is a natural expression of the heart.
It’s also a thankful expression for what He has done. With hands lifted, we thank and praise the Lord for what He has done and for who He is. This is the first response we usually give when we worship. Treat this action word as an invitation to go beyond the “comfort zone.”
When I lift my hands to Him in praise I do it because He is good, He is faithful, He has rescued me. He has given me a family, friends, and health. He never leaves me or forsakes me. There is no one like Him. He has done amazing things.
The first time we hear of praise in the Bible was when Leah gave birth to Judah. It was the yadah expression of praise that she gave to the Lord.
“She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah” (Genesis 29:35).
I’d like to suggest that this is reflected in our own lives. Every time we praise, a new birthing of praise is released in our lives.
I encourage you to begin regularly giving yadah praise to God. Lift your hands to Him in surrender. Tell Him what areas of your life you are surrendering and totally surrender yourself to the Father. Give Him thanks for who He is and what He’s done.