The Foolishness of Praise

Seven Hebrew Words for Praise

Yâdâh-to reverence or worship with extended hands
Halal – To praise with vigorous foolishness
Zamar – To praise with music or song
Tôwdâh-an expression of thanks, praise, confession
Bârak-to bless God
Tehillâh-to extol highly
Shâbach-to address in a loud tone

We can always find reason to praise. Situations can be for better and for worse but God’s worth never changes.

– Matt Redman

Praise is an upward expression in response to an outward blessing from God.

Why do we need to praise God?

Praise gives us the right perspective
Praise allows us to experience God’s power
Praise opens our hearts to God’s presence
Praise shows us the need for God’s purpose

Halal (Haw-Lal)
To praise with vigorous foolishness

To act in such a manner that would appear foolish. To boast, to praise in a boastful manner.

Zamar (Za – Mar)
To praise with music or song

Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

– Psalm 150:1-6

Praise should be offered everywhere
Praise should be offered for everything
Praise should be offered in every manner
Praise should be offered by everyone

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song (zamar) with music; make music (zamar) to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn– shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

– Psalm 98:4-6

Praise involves the Spirit
Praise involves shouting
Praise involves singing
Praise involves skill

Things to Remember

Praise should be our priority
Praise is an ongoing privilege
Praise is the product of appreciation
Praise is possible through our willingness