Hebrew Words For Praise

There are 7 Hebrew words for praise.

From least used to most.
1) Shabach means to Shout! Used 11 times as in Psalm 63:3.

2) Todah means Thanks/Thanksgiving. Used 32 times as in Jeremiah 17:26.

3) Zamar means to Touch strings. Used 45 times as in Psalm 21:13

4) Tehillah means Songs of Praise. It is where the word “Tehillim” or Psalms comes from. Used 57 times as in Psalm 23:2

5) Yadah means hands raised to receive something. Yad or Yod means Hand. Or Eagles Claw. Used 114 times as in Psalm 52:9

6) Halal means to shine; to celebrate. It is the root word for Hallelu’YAH! Used 165 times as in Psalm 22:22

7) Barak means to Bless; to kneel; to bow down. It is used as Praise 330 times in Scripture, as in Psalm. 66:20.

Praise Our Heavenly Father. In many ways, praise Him, celebrate Him, shout to Him, throw your hands up, bow in His presence, receive Him.

Lightning In Scriptures

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Exodus 9:23 – When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt.

Exodus 9:24 – Hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation.

Exodus 19:16 – On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.

Exodus 20:18 – When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance

2 Samuel 22:13 – Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth.

2 Samuel 22:15 – He shot arrows and scattered the enemies, bolts of lightning and routed them.

Job 36:30 – See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea.

Job 36:32 – He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.

Job 37:3 –He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth.

Job 37:11 – He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them.

Job 37:15 – Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?

Job 38:24 – What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?

Job 38:35 – Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?

Psalm 18:12 –Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

Psalm 18:14 – He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies , great bolts of lightning and routed them.

Psalm 29:7 – The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning.

Psalm 77:18 – Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked.

Psalm 78:48 – He gave over their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning.

Psalm 97:4 – His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles.

Psalm 105:32- He turned their rain into hail, with lightning throughout their land;

Psalm 135:7 – He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

Psalm 144:6 – Send forth lightning and scatter {the enemies}; shoot your arrows and rout them.

Psalm 148:8 – lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,

Jeremiah 10:13 – When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

Jeremiah 51:16 – When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

Ezekiel 1:4 – I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north-an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal,

Ezekiel 1:13 –  The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it.

Ezekiel 1:14 – The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

Ezekiel 21:10 – sharpened for the slaughter, polished to flash like lightning! ” ‘Shall we rejoice in the scepter of my son Judah ? The sword despises every such stick.

Ezekiel 21:15 – So that hearts may melt and the fallen be many, I have stationed the sword for slaughter at all their gates. Oh! It is made to flash like lightning, it is grasped for slaughter.

Ezekiel 21:28- “And you, son of man, prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says about the Ammonites and their insults: ” ‘A sword, a sword, drawn for the slaughter, polished to consume and to flash like lightning!

Daniel 10:6 – His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.

Hosea 6:5 – Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth; my judgments flashed like lightning upon you.

Nahum 2:4 – The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning.

Habakkuk 3:11 – Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear.

Zechariah 9:14- Then the Lord will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign Lord will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south,

Matthew 24:27 – For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Matthew 28:3 – His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.

Luke 9:29 – As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.

Luke 10:18 – He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

Luke 17:24 – For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.

Luke 24:4 – While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.

Revelation 4:5 – From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.

Revelation 8:5 – Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

Revelation 11:19 – Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

Revelation 16:18 – Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.

Things I Am Reminded Of…

Embrace every scar as a lesson — to make me more like Yeshua/Jesus.

Grow in a love relationship with the Author of Scripture, The Creator of Life and all things Living.

Embrace every pain as a peeling away the layers of the onion that we are — to make me know that in new ways, I am enough…He is enough.

Embrace every moment as a treasured gift— one it might never have been. This causes me to wake to all everything as grace.

If you count each “Fear Not” in Scripture, there’s apparently 366 — one for every day of the year, plus one on Leap Year.

YHVH/God does not give us a spirit of fear. 2 Timothy 2:17

Faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

If we want to live the fullest life and be obedient to YHVH/God then we have to have faith over fear each day of the year and then a little more. Faith is the Substance, not fear.

His Life Is Written…On My Heart

I keep one special book near my bed: my dad’s Bible.  It is an old leather black Bible, expensive leather, worn now, with the edges exhibiting tears, folds and coffee stains intruding out of the faded black.  The cover has “Holy Bible” and “Marion W King” written in gold letters.

Inside the Bible both my parents handwriting flood the pages. Both my parents were born in 1932, were in love for a time and he went to be in the Marines. My mom married another man, only to divorce him when he became violent. Years later my dad came home from where he was stationed and married my mom and adopted my brothers as his own.  When my dad died on February 8th in 1982, when he was only 49, my mom gave me this Bible a few years later. I immediately looked for signs of him in the Word. My tears flowed across page after page of all he had taught so many people.

I always wondered what my parents got for their birthdays and Christmas presents, since they grew up during The Great Depression. I imagine Dad got boy things, perhaps toy soldiers?  A pop gun?  What toys were in his childhood years. I will never know.  But I know he got a Bible, my dad had lots of Bibles.  If you found your deceased dad’s Bible what would you do?

I know I have lots of marks in my Bible.  I never could keep up with my mom’s writing though.  She was the “master marker.”  Her Bible is full of underlines.  Her Bible underlines are straight and neat.  I cannot do it.  My lines inevitably invade other verses, they’re crooked and sometimes run right through the middle of the words. I gave up drawing straight lines under verses—I now put squiggly lines.  I once asked my mom to show me how she made straight lines under her Bible verses—sometimes without even an effort.  She tried but I’ve never succeeded.

I don’t have my dad or my mom living anymore but I have his Bible with their marks. I have evidence that he read it, studied it, applied it to his life. I’m so blessed with the many memories and reminders of his life story.  And there is so much of him written in it.  My mom and my dad wrote in his Bible, the Bible I keep near  my bed.  It’s nice to have something—anything—that reminds me of him.

I am 52 now and it is 30 years since he died.  He would be 80 this month. I can remember every detail of what he looks like.  Really, the only harsh memory I have of my dad is that he picked at me endlessly for the way I prayed. In all honesty, I think he was just teasing me, playfully, but I never knew then and it’s affected my entire life since then. I’m going to let go of that memory and stop being afraid to pray aloud.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 2: 3-5—”Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? We don’t need letters of recommendation to you or from you as some other people do, do we?  You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone, revealing that you are a letter of Messiah, delivered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living One, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts.”  My dad’s life is written on my heart.  It gives me pleasure still to read his Bible.

My dad’s favorite verse: Philippians 4:13 –“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me”I carry that same verse as my own favorite. I know that through my parents words in that Bible, in their applications of those words to my life, have helped to make me strong and realizing how much I need daily to study and learn those words, so I too can write them on my heart and in my daughters lives.

Write in your Bible!  Even if you use squiggly lines.  Your kids will thank you someday!  More importantly, write your lives on their hearts.  That someday, perhaps one cold night, as they wait to go asleep, they will read your Bible, see your marks, and remember that day, long ago, when you wrote your life on their lives.

To you Daddy, I pray I’ve honoured your memory and served well as your Daughter. I love you!

In The Stillness and Silence…

Sometimes we don’t hear YHVH because we don’t know how to accept silence or stillness.  Sometimes it’s denial or other reasons but if we learn to be silent and be still we can hear His voice. It may not be loud or coming through a trumpet, it might be like the tinkling sound of brass. Small. Whispers. It might not be a sound at all, just a feeling inside of us.

There’s a lot of truth in that statement. “Be still, and know that I am God; I WILL be exalted among the nations, I WILL be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10. I love this verse, I can see where it is talking to us as individuals saying listen up all you people because even if you don’t I will be known and heard among all people so don’t wait till then it just might be too late. (Dee Ann)

He will get through to us, somehow, and we probably won’t like it! I have lots of experience with this. I know now that silence is present because He’s trying to talk to me and wants me to tune into His voice. I had this friend just a few nights ago that is seeking a way to hear Him. I told her that she’s at a place now where she has so little to distract her that it’s making her uncomfortable and she probably can’t hear Him because she’s trying to find a distraction. We need to be open and willing but He gives us a chance to Hear Him on our own and we have to learn how and what capacity we can Hear Him in and once we do then we’re thinking, how could I NOT hear Him talking to me…I quite enjoy stillness and silence myself because I know the opposite can be much worse, anxiety and rattled thoughts, hopeless feelings. I know in the silence He’s always there.

Sometimes its uncomfortable to hear what He has to say, usually when He is trying to tell us to get some sin out of our life! You are so right we do often try and find ways to tune it out if its uncomfortable. Kinda like the dog in the movie Up ‘squirrel’. I hope you watched the movie! We might not be as bad as the poor dog but we do have our own ‘triggers’ that keeps us from truly hearing Him. I also had a lot of experience not listening I joke I can still feel the hammer marks on my head from all that pounding He gave me. Now I much like the silence, not just in my own mind but around me I like the stillness within that only He can provide. (Dee Ann)

Another verse that dives into truth on stillness is: Stand STILL and see the salvation of YHWH who is with me.” Exodus 14:13.

Often we get impatient waiting but it’s in those times we are being transformed, learning to trust, to wait to be STILL and watch Him work His wonders! It’s part of removing the defilement often times. Not only in our own lives but in those around us. He is faithful and certainly doesn’t need our help. We have to move aside sometimes and watch the Holy One work out His plans and purposes. What a beautiful thing! I never want to be in a position that I’m not on my face, humble, seeking and waiting on Him! It’s in these times I am closest to Him. Doesn’t it seem that way? (Stephanie B.)

“I only want to go lower” is something I penned last summer, it means, I always want to be at His feet, I want to be continuously reminded of our great ‘I AM’ and that He is in control my life. It is in these times that the small silent and quiet times are so illuminating for many of us…though some are afraid of them…if people only knew what it all really means.

I am reminded of the song “You Raise Me Up” even though Josh Groban wrote it for his grandmother, that song was so meaningful and so empowering because as YHVH is raising us up, we should never be far from the ground, never lower, we should desire to be lower in order to be Higher.