Singing Praise to God

—What exactly is praise?

  • Andrew Fountain – Dec 11, 2016

Hebrew words for worship

sha-chah or hishtawa

literally mean to “prostrate yourself” in respect and honour

To worship God:

To acknowledge him as our Lord
both in word and in action.

Hebrew for Praise:

Common word: halal

from which we get halelu-jah = praise Jah

  • Praise has the idea of lifting up
  • Worship is casting ourselves down at his feet

Nehemiah 8:6

  • Then all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen!’ while lifting up their hands.
  • Then they bowed their heads and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

2 Chronicles 7:3

  • they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshipped
  • then praised the LORD, saying: ‘For he is good, For his mercy endures forever.’

Praise in the O.T.

“…Praise to God must be vocal
and in a public forum.
Praise is not silent,
nor is praise possible in solitude.”

Praise! A Matter of Life and Breath by R. B. Allen (Nashville:Nelson, 1980), p.58

Psalm 9

  1. I will praise you O LORD, with my whole heart.
    I will tell of all your marvellous works.
  2. Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion!
    Declare his deeds, among the people.

Psalm 107

  1. Oh, that men would praise the LORD for his goodness
    And for his wonderful works to mankind!
  2. Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
    And declare his works with rejoicing.

1 Peter 2:9

  1. But you are a chosen generation,
    a royal priesthood,
    a holy nation,
    his own special people
    that you may proclaim the praises
    of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

Psalm 22 tells a story

  • David Cries out to God
  • Who heard prayer in the past
  • The problem
  • The prayer
  • The praise
  • Psalm 22

Some examples

Praise in the Psalms