Reasons You Should Lift Your Hands In Worship

The word praise occurs 200 times in the Bible, a dozen different Hebrews or Greek versions.

Of the seven Hebrew words for “praise”, here is the first three that we discussed in my sermon on Sunday:

1.   To Celebrate
HALAL (99 Times)

to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate

Scripture Examples: 1 Chron. 16:4, 23:5,30, 25:3, 29:13, Neh. 12:24

2.  Lifting Our Hands
YADAH (90 times)

– yaw-daw – to worship with the extended hand. The giving of oneself in worship and adoration. To lift your hands unto the Lord.

*  This is remarkable word!  Over 90 times in the Bible, we are old to “extend our hands” in worship when we praise.

Scripture Examples:  Genesis 29:35, 2 Chron. 7:6, 2 Chron. 20:21, Psalms 9:1, Psalm 28:7, Psalms 33:2, 42:5,11, 49:18, Isaiah 12:1

3.   Lifting Our Hands in Thanksgiving & Agreement

to-daw -To give worship by the extension of the hand in adoration or agreeing with what has been done or will be. This word is commonly found in connection with sacrifice-applying the giving of thanks or praise as a sacrifice before reception or manifestation.

Scripture Examples: Psalm 50:23, Jer. 17:26

Other Scripture on Lifting Our Hands:  Nehemiah 8:6, I Timothy 2:8, Psalm 134:2


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