These are words used to describe one of the primary Hebrew words for PRAISE used throughout the Old Testament.   As one writer states: HALLAL is a primary Hebrew root word for praise. Our word “hallelujah” comes from this base word. It means “to be clear, to praise, to shine, to boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish.”

None of these are to be done to call attention to ourselves, but to call attention to the greatness of God and His glory!

Every follower of Christ should spend time in Praise, Adoration, Thanksgiving and Worship. Much of my private time to praise, adore, thank, and worship God is quiet, but there are times when we gather (assemble together as the church) where some of our praise [HALLAL] is to be festive and loud.  In other places in the Psalms we’re encouraged to “sing for joy to the Lord” and “shout joyfully”.  This kind of praise requires participation.

As I was reading Psalm 149 this morning I noticed some principles that were interesting.  By the way, the word “praise” in verse 3 is from “HALLAL”.   See what you find as you reflect on these verses.  How do you think they should impact our response to God when we gather as a congregation / assembly / church?

PSALM 149:1-4 NASB

1Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.
Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King.
Let them praise His name with dancing;
Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.


About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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