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
- 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
- I will praise you O LORD, with my whole heart.
I will tell of all your marvellous works.
- Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion!
Declare his deeds, among the people.
- Oh, that men would praise the LORD for his goodness
And for his wonderful works to mankind!
- Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And declare his works with rejoicing.
1 Peter 2:9
- 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
Praise in the Psalms