Expressions of Praise and Worship

Articles - Worship

 


by Rob Packer

This is a brief look at expressions of praise and worship that are found in Scripture

Clapping
Ps 47:1 For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.

Isa 55:12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst
into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Job 27:23 It claps its hands in derision and hisses him out of his place.

Lam 2:15 All who pass your way clap their hands at you; they scoff and shake their heads at the Daughter of Jerusalem: ``Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth?''

Shouting
Psa 33:3 Sing to him a new song; play skilfully, and shout for joy.

1 Chron 15:28 So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouts, with the sounding of rams' horns and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps.

1 Thes 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Dancing
Psa 149:3 Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.

Psa 30:11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, 12 that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

1 Chron 15:29 As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.

Zeph 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice [1523 – twirl, spin around (with violent or sudden emotion); glad, rejoicing, joy] over you with singing.''

Lifting hands
Psa 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.

Psa 63: 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psa 28: 2 Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands towards our Most Holy Place.

Kneeling
Psa 95:6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;

2 Chron 6: 13 Now he had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high, and had placed it in the centre of the outer court. He stood on the
platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands towards heaven.

Bowing
Gen 24: 26 Then the man bowed down and worshipped the LORD, 27 saying, ``Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness
and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master's relatives.''

Psa 22:27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,

Prostrating
1 Chron 16:29 ascribe to the LORD the glory due to his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship [prostrate in homage to royalty or God] the LORD in the splendour of his holiness.

Deut 26:10 and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, O LORD, have given me.'' Place the basket before the LORD your God and bow down before him.

Rev 4: 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever.


SEVEN WORDS FOR PRAISE

YADAH

*3034 - "...the extended hand, to throw out the hand, therefore to worship with the extended hand."

* N.B. The numbered definitions of each Hebrew word is the reference in Strong's concordance.

Psa 63:4 - `I will Barak you as long as I live, and in Your Name I will Yadah.'

Psa 134:1,2 - `Barak the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who minister by night in the house of the Lord. Yadah in the sanctuary and Barak the Lord.'

Psa 141:2 - `May my prayer be set before you like incense; may my Yadah be like the evening sacrifice.'


TOWDAH

8426 - "...an extension of the hand in adoration, avowal or acceptance."
Often used for thanking God for `things not yet received' as well as things already at hand.

Psa 50:14 - `Sacrifice Towdah to God, fulfil your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; and I will deliver you, and you will honour me.'

Psa 50:23 - `He who offers Towdah, honours me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.'

Jonah 2:8,9 - `Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of Towdah, will sacrifice to You. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord.' Heb 12:15 - `See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.'

1 Cor 15:10 - `I am what I am by the grace of God...His grace to me was not in vain!'

Psa 69:29-31 - `I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me. I will praise (Halal) God's name in song and glorify Him with Towdah. This will please the Lord more than an ox....the poor will see and be glad - you who seek God, may your hearts live!'

Psa 107:20-22 - `He sent forth His Word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave. Let them Yadah to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men.Let them sacrifice Towdah and tell of His works with songs of joy.'

Psa 100:4 - `Enter His gates with Towdah, and His courts with Tehillah. Give Yadah to Him and Barak His Name.'

Psa 95:2 - `...come let us sing for joy to the Lord...let us come before Him with Towdah...'

Jer 30:18,19 - `I will restore the fortunes of Jacob's tents and have compassion on his dwellings...from them will come songs of Towdah and the sound of rejoicing.'

2 Chron 29:31 - `You have now dedicated yourselves to the Lord. Come and bring sacrifices and Towdah to the temple of the Lord...so the assembly brought sacrifices and Towdah...'


HALAL

1984 - ...to be clear, to shine, to boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish." Hallelu-Jah = Halal Jehovah.

Psa 56:3,4 - `When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose Word I Halal, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?'

Psa 69:29-31 - `I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me. I will Halal God's Name in song and glorify Him with Towdah. This will please the Lord more than an ox...'

Psa 74:18-22 - `Remember how the enemy has mocked You, O Lord...Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace; may the poor and needy Halal Your Name. Rise up, O God, and defend Your cause.'

2 Chron 20:19 - `Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and Halaled the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.' v21 - `After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to Halal Him for the splendour of His Holiness as they went out at the head of the army saying...Give thanks to the Lord for His love endures forever. As they began to sing and Tehillah, the Lord set ambushes...'

2 Chron 29:29 - `When the offerings were finished the King and everyone present with him knelt down and worshipped. King Hezekiah and his officials ordered the Levites to Halal the Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang Halal with gladness and bowed their heads and worshipped.'

Psa 106:1 - `Halal the Lord. Give Yadah to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.'

Psa 48:1 - `Great is the Lord and greatly to be Halaled!'


TEHILLAH

8416 - "...to sing, to laud..." A melodious chanting of the words of Halal.

Psa 22:3 - `You are enthroned on the Tehillah of Israel.'

Psa 33:1 - `Sing joyfully to the Lord you righteous; it is fitting or comely for the upright to Tehillah Him.'

Psa 34:1 - `I will Barak the Lord at all times. His Tehillah will always be on my lips.'

2 Chron 20:22 - `As they began to sing Tehillah, the Lord set ambushes...'

Psa 66:2 - `Zamar the glory of His Name; make His Tehillah glorious!'

Psa 100:4 - `Enter His gates with Towdah, and His courts with Tehillah.'


SHABACH

7623 - "...to address in a loud tone, to command, to triumph, glory, shout."

Isa 12:6 - `Shabach and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.'

Psa 117:1 - `Halal the Lord, all you nations. Shabach Him, all you peoples.'

Psa 63:3 - `Because your love is better than life my lips will Shabach you. I will Barak you as long as I live. And in your Name I will Yadah. My soul shall be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will Halal.'

Psa 106:47 - `Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your Holy Name and Shabach in your praise.'


BARAK

1288 - "...to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration." It implies `expecting to receive a blessing from the Lord'.

Psa 34:1 - `I will Barak the Lord at all times. His Tehillah will always be on my lips.'

Psa 95:6 - `Come let us bow down in Worship. Let us Barak before the Lord our Maker.'

Psa 63:4 - `I will Barak you as long as I live, and in your Name I will Yadah.'


ZAMAR

2167 - "...to touch the strings...to play an instrument with..."

Psa 21:13 - `Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength; we will sing and Zamar your might.'

Psa 66:2 - `Zamar the glory of His Name; make His Tehillah glorious.'

Psa 66:4 - `All the earth bows down to You; they Zamar praise to You, they Zamar praise to Your Name.'

Isa 12:5 - `Zamar to the Lord for He has done glorious things...'