True worshipers enter into the secret place of Psalm 91 and learn to abide in God, exchanging our thoughts and feelings for God’s. True worship sees what the Spirit sees and listens with a heart to obey. It is here, in this place of intimacy, that our praise can defeat the enemy, transforming our lives and culture.
Contrary to popular opinion, worship is not a private or personal thing. The Bible gives very specific instructions and understanding about how to worship God. If we worship in truth, we must worship according to the biblical definition of worship rather than according to our personality, personal preferences or church affiliations.
If we are going to worship in the Spirit, we must go beyond mental or physical forms of worship, such as singing or dancing. The seven Hebrew words for “praise” found in Scripture describe what true worship in Spirit and in truth entails; these are outlined below. You can expect to see all seven forms of biblical worship in our services!
Definition: To cast /throw/shoot (a stone or arrow); thrust hands outward or up in the air; to revere.
To confess response of THANKFULNESS as a result of a blessing.
Derivative of Yad = to draw with strength; to stoke.
Derivative of Yada = to be intimately acquainted with someone or God. To understand or acquire knowledge; to know; to discern; to know by the senses by investigating and proving.
Definition: To spread the hands; sacrifice of thanksgiving; adoration
Sacrifice = infers something has to be given/die—attitude? rights? Expectation of what people think?
Thanksgiving = an expression of thanks. A public celebration (not private) in acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness.
Adoration = the act of paying honor, as to a divine being; worship; reverent homage; fervent and devoted love. It means to praise NO MATTER what your circumstances are.
Definition: To kneel; bless; to do with motions; to confess; to thank; to use the hands; to bow the knee; to revere; to worship; to salute; to bless God in an act of adoration (fervent & devoted love).
To give thanks and praise to God simply because He has given out of His abundance. To bless as an act of adoration; to kneel.
There is usually no vocal expression in BARAK praise; it is more about the movement.
Definition: To comment; soothe; to still (Prov. 29:11). An adoration towards the power, glory, and sanctity of the Lord; to praise God for His mighty acts and deeds; to triumph in a loud voice.
Triumph; glory; commend; a LOUD adoration; proclaiming with a loud voice. Out of this shout comes triumph, actually shouting love unto God.
Definition: Sing praise; to celebrate with instruments; to touch with fingers the strings of an instrument in celebration; to praise the Lord skillfully on an instrument; used in poetry; singing can be involved.
Definition: Most used word for praise in the Old Testament. Imperative summons to praise Jehovah. A psalm or a hymn by choirs with dancing and expressive speaking; festive jubilation; laudation; hymn of praise. Comes from Halal.
TEHILLAH is the song the Lord sings to us, through us. It is God’s song being sung. (Spontaneous Song)
Definition: To make a show or boast; to celebrate; clamorously foolish; to shine; to dance; to rave, sing or rage; renowned; all in an attitude of delight; to cause to shine; to make bright; to give light; to deserve praise; radiance.
The root word of Hallelujah (HALAL + YAH)
YAH = form of Yahweh