A Note of Praise  

When I call out God’s names, He “shows up.” The Great I Am becomes clearly and vividly visible, “present” via His spoken names. He sits enthroned in the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). As I speak His Names to Him He pulls up a chair and says Hey, you know Me. Go on! In other Bible translations, it says Emmanuel, God With Me, dwells in or inhabits His praises. That means He lives in me, and makes Himself easily seen. His Spirit is outlined and defined, and becomes real to me. God’s presence and impartations are received regularly, by means of speaking His descriptions as in painting-by-numbers.

Here are the seven original Bible words for Praise. They define how I physically manifest Praise, and they encourage me to do so. I check to see which of these I’ve tried, and which I might like to add to my arsenal or lifestyle of Praising God as the Holy Spirit leads.


                                              Hebrew Words for Praise

1. Halal, from the word “hallelujah,” is defined as being clearly and vigorously excited, to shine, to laud and boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously involved in praise. Use a loud voice.[1]

2. Shabach means to shout, to address in a loud tone, to command, to triumph.[2]

3. Barak means to bless, to be still, to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration, to declare God the origin of power for success, prosperity and fertility. To bend or break stubborn, prideful, self-planned ways and postures, and allow God in to take over, not unlike the brightness of breaking a glowstick.[3]

4. Tehillah refers to the singing of halals and Psalms, to sing or to laud, to involve music, especially singing as hymns of the Spirit.[4]

5. Zamar means to pluck the strings of an instrument, to sing, to praise; a musical word involving  joyful expressions of music with musical instruments.[5]

6. Yadah refers to throwing out the hands, enjoying God, worshipping with extended hand.[6]

7. Towdah literally refers to an extension of the hand in adoration, thanksgiving, avowal, or acceptance. In the Psalms, it’s used for thanking God for things not yet received as well as things already at hand.[7]

Lying prostrate on the floor before God as well as moving or dancing in the Holy Spirit have also been effective ways of adoring and worshipping my worthy Father.[1]

[8] Psalm 113:1-3, Psalm 150:1

[9] Psalm 47:1, Isaiah 12:6

[10] Psalm 95:6, 1 Chronicles 29:20

[11] Psalm 22:3, Psalm 33:1, Isaiah 61:3

[12] Psalm 21:13, 1 Chronicles 16:9

[13] 2 Chronicles 20:21, Psalm 63:1, Psalm 107:15

[14] Psalm 50:14, Psalm 50:23

[15] This is a great place to pause and listen to Christian lyricist extraordinaire Carman’s take on these Seven Bible Words for Praise called 7 Ways 2 Praise on YouTube.