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