Today’s Scripture and Thought
From the rising of the sun to its going down
The Lord’s name is to be praised. Psalm 113:3
The Hebrew word for boastful praise that celebrates God is Halal.
Strong’s #1984: halal (pronounced haw-lal’)
a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify:–(make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool(- ish, -ly), glory, give (light), be (make, feign self) mad (against), give in marriage, (sing, be worthy of) praise, rage, renowned, shine.
This might be one of the most “fun” forms of praise because it requires one to step outside of “dignity” for a moment. It means to be clamorously foolish. To boast. To shine. This is the kind of praise that David exhibited when he danced for joy at the return of the Ark of The Covenant to Israel. It’s also the form of praise that prompted his wife to ridicule him for his lack of dignity.
This is also where we get the word Halellujah from. It literally means “Praise the Lord” but even more literally it means to BE CLAMOROUSLY FOOLISH unto the Lord! This includes dancing and laughing and leaping and twirling before the Lord, but it also (and probably more accurately) includes the state of the heart before God. A heart that is turned towards God and not afraid to BOAST in and of God is a “halal” heart. Halal is not only demonstrative praise, but can also be the force behind any of these other forms of praise. You can sing or shout or even play an instrument as a halal.
Scriptures to reference: This word appears over 100 times in the Old Testament. 1 Chronicles 16:4 (there were actual appointed musicians to “halal” before the Lord);Nehemiah 12:24 (an example of call and response halal)
Today’s Worship Songs
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1. All the Poor and Powerless – All Sons and Daughters
2. Unending Love – Hillsongs
3. I Can Just Be Me – Laura Story
4. He Said – Group 1 Crew
5. You Can Have Me – Sidewalk Prophets
6. Who But You – Mark Hall & Megan Garrett
7. Everyone Needs a Little – Kari Jobe
God bless and keep you – Gerry Desjardins
Today’s Worship is a ministry of The Worshipper’s Space