A Life of Praise
2nd AUGUST 2022
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Go ahead, praise the Lord, all you loving servants of God! Keep it up! Praise him some more! For the glorious name of the Lord is blessed forever and ever. From sunrise brilliance to sunset beauty, lift up his praise from dawn to dusk! [Psalms 113:1–3 AFV]
“Halal” is a word for praise in the Hebrew language. The word halal appears 165 times in the Old Testament. A careful etymology of the word Hallelujah reveals that it is a combination of two Hebrew words: “hallelu-yah,” which means “Praise ye Jehovah.” To the Hebrew, to praise the Lord is to speak of His wondrous acts, His appellations, and an attempt to express God’s handiwork profoundly.
When it comes to praising God, Jews go to great lengths: Praise Him with the sound of the ram’s horn; praise Him with the harp and lyre. Praise Him with the drum and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and pipes. Praise Him on the loud cymbals; praise Him with the resounding cymbals. Let everything that breathes praise the LORD. O praise the LORD! Psalm 150:3–6
The Jewish concept of praise is one that comes from a heart that praises Him not only for what He has done, but also for who He is. To emphasise the essence of Praise, Jews observe the Hallel prayer, which is a verbatim recitation from Psalms 113–118 on Jewish Holidays, as an act of praise and thanksgiving.
Beloved, praise is a way of life, not an event. It comes from a heartfelt and grateful place. The Israelites went to such lengths because they wanted their praise to go beyond the heart. They wanted to completely and completely show all of their praise for God, leaving nothing to the imagination.
In order to show God how grateful we are, we must gather momentum from a deep place in our praise.
Dear Father, thank You for always reminding my heart of Your goodness. May I live a life of thanksgiving to You now and always.
Further Reading: Psalms 113:1–9
Bible In One Year: Jeremiah [28–31]