Word #3- Todah
Psalm 42:4 – These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One[d]
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.
Psalm 56:12- I am under vows to you, my God;
I will present my thank offerings to you.
This week we are looking at the word Todah. It is a thankful expression that means to lift the right hand in adoration. It is a thank offering and confession 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. Think of raising the right hand to God like shaking His right hand in agreement. Brian Johnson, the Worship Director of Bethel Church in Redding, CA, says this kind of praise, praising when you don’t feel like it isn’t fake, it’s FAITH.
Another use of the word todah is 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! You can also clap your hands as a form of todah praise. We can exalt, appreciate and show our thanks to the Lord with the clapping of our hands.
Believe it or not, clapping the hands is also a form of spiritual warfare. We know that as we praise and worship, darkness flees. So as we clap in our praise to God on one level, spiritual warfare is happening on another level. Clapping the hands is sending spiritual shock waves that shake the enemies strongholds and push him out of his place.
So, with the understanding that todah praise means to praise Him before the fact, As I todah the Lord I thank Him that He’s fulfilled every promise and prophetic word in my life. I praise Him for healing my body completely. I thank Him that every member of my life is saved and on fire for Jesus.
I once heard the story of someone who had a pain in her body. Every morning when she woke up she would thank God for her healing, even though she hadn’t been healed yet. One morning as she was praising and thanking God for her healing she was healed! AMEN!
We must remember who it is that we are praising. His faithfulness is so great, we declare your good works. Praise the Lord!