The word in the English bible Praise, actually in the Hebrew and Greek text it is not as Americans define, envision it. In the original languages of the bible, there are 52 Hebrew words in the Hebrew text (OT) and 29 Greek words in the Greek text (NT) of which the majority are translated as simply Praise. In church today it has come to mean something much less that what the bible says it is.
Here are some of the key Hebrew words used in the scriptures and their meaning:
|Samah||rejoice, be glad|
|Yadah||to worship with extended hands – to though out the hands|
|Hallal||to be loud, to boast, to be clamorously foolish|
|Shabach||to shout in a loud tone|
|Patzah||to bust forth with|
|Rana||shouts of joy|
|Gil||shout, to circle in joy|
|Rinnah||shout in triumph|
|Tzavah||to cry out|
Some of the Greek words and their meanings:
|Kampto||to bend knee|
|Proskuneo||to fall down and worship|
|Skirtao||to leap with joy|
That’s just a 18 of the 81 Hebrew and Greek words in the scriptures you read simply translated “Praise”, the key and most used ones. So when was the last time your church gathering worship service was the people doing any of these things listed above. How about you when was the last time you where loud and clamorously foolish (I love that one), extended your hands with a shout in a loud voice, danced or leaped with joy, or fell on you face before God. Most important to note is Not one of the 81 words is defined as sitting, being quite, or being somber, not one of the 81 words. They are all physical actions with loud voices.
This is how God defied to Praise Him, the words He used when instructing Israel in worship and praise, they are word that described how God’s people praised Him, what they did to praise Him. The words Paul used to teach the gentile believers in how to praise God, it gives us a glimpse at what the first century church worship services looked like.
I say let’s go back to the days of old when the people of God, worshiped and praised Him like this. I would love to see this as the normal worship service, real worship and praise going on, not this sit in your seats and set back and enjoy the show on stage, but instead a bunch of people being loud and clamorously foolish.