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Bible Word Studies: PRAISE

BIBLE WORD STUDY: PRAISE

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The concept of Praise is conveyed in the Old Testament Scriptures by the use of three different Hebrew words.

Praise, Hebrew: shabach (pronounced shah-vahch); S#7623.

“…My lips shall praise You…” – Psalm 63:3

To commend, praise, to adore, to glory in something. In the Biblical text, Shabach can be used in two different ways – either in “praising” someone, or in “calming” someone. In the above scripture reference (Psalm 63:3), King David is using Shabach to praise God for His power, glory, and lovingkindness to Him. Our heavenly Father takes delight when we express our love and gratitude in the form of worship and praise unto Him.

Praise, Hebrew: Halah (pronounced hah-lahl); S#1984.

“…to stand every morning to “thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening…” – 1 Chronicles 23:30

To praise and to thank; rejoice, boast about someone. Halal is the root from which we get the word “halleluyah”. The phrase is actually a command: halleuyah (all of you must praise Jah, also spelled Yah, from the transliterated terms Yahweh, Jehovah, or the Hebrew tetragrammaton YHWH, the proper name of God.) Halah conveys the idea of speaking or singing about the glories, vitues, or honor of our God Yahovah.

Praise, Hebrew: Tehillah (pronounced te-hilah, or in the plural, te-hil-lim); S#8416.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise…” – Psalm 100:4

A Tehillah is a praise, a psalm, or a song. The Hebrew title of the Book of Psalms is Tehillim, literally “Praises.” The Book of Psalms was actually compiled as a songbook for worship events in the temple of Jerusalem. Although especially designed for singing, we use it today for prayer and recitation, as well as singing. A Tehillah is a celebration, a lauding of God’s praiseworthiness; the praise, admiration or exaltation of God.

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Meekness Is Not Weakness

Bible Word Studies: Lowly

“Behold your King is coming to you, LOWLY, and sitting on a donkey…” – Matthew 21:5

The word lowly in this verse is the Greek praus (pronounced prah-ooce). It describes the humility and meekness of Jesus as He confronted His enemies who hated Him and wanted to crucify Him. As He entered Jerusalem lowly but confidently while riding on a donkey, He did so in a manner that was unassuming, mild and gentle. But don’t confuse Jesus’ meekness with weakness; on the contrary. His meekness was power under perfect control.

As followers of Jesus, we too must be meek in our character and strive to always maintain control of our emotions and corresponding actions. When the devil is using other people (sometimes even religious people) to hurt you, criticize you, assassinate your character, speak falsely of you, or slander your name, remember to bear it with patience and meekness – just as Jesus did. When we are able to endure these trials without retaliating and leave the vengeance up to God – that’s power!

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Matthew 5:11-12

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Bible Word Study: Minister

www.RealJesus.netThe original Hebrew word for “minister” is sharat (pronounced shah-raht). It means to wait on, to serve, to attend. To sharat (minister) refers to the tasks to which the closest servants of a king are assigned. It is a great privilege to be appointed to be a close servant of a king, for it demonstrates a high level of trust and esteem on the part of the king towards the servant.

“Then David said, ‘No one may carry the ark of God but the Levites, for the LORD (Yahovah) has chosen them to carry the ark of God and to minister before Him forever.” – 1 Chronicles 15:2

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