"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness." Psalm 48:1
God is great, so our praise to Him should be in proportion to His greatness. God is great, therefore, He deserves great honor; He deserves great praise; He deserves great worship. We worship Him in proportion to who He is--- great! So God is worthy of not just praise, but great praise. He is worthy of our praise in every way, with all we have and on every level.
There are seven Hebrew words for praise:
1) Shabach: to shout, to address in a loud tone.
2) Towdah: an extension of the hand in adoration.
3) Yadah: to worship with extended hand.
4) Halal: to boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish.
5) Barak: to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration.
6) Zamar: praise with musical instruments.
7) Tehillah: to sing in adoration.
Great praise to this Great God shouts to Him with the voice of triumph and is not afraid to let His greatness be known. Great praise lifts up its hands in surrender and adoration. Great praise does not mind getting "beside" itself and dancing before the Lord like David did. Great praise celebrates God's greatness. Great praise kneels and bows down humbling itself before the Lord acknowledging how great He is. Great praise praises Him with musical instruments and singing.
Great praise to this God who is great involves our whole being and not withholding anything from Him-- shouting with our voice, kneeling with our knees, lifting up our hands, dancing around on our legs, using our fingers to play instruments, and using our breath to sing unto Him. What kind of praise are you giving to this great God?
Have a great day. Our praise to God should be in proportion to who He is-- great!
For further reading:
Psalm 95:6; 21:13; 22:3; 47:1; 63:1; 149:3
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