What is praise? Some final journey thoughts.
According to Strong’s Concordance, the praise in verse 1 of Psalms 146-150 is Hebrew halal and means:
1. to shine a. (Qal) to shine (fig. of God’s favor) b. (Hiphil) to flash forth light
2. to praise, boast, be boastful a. (Qal) i. to be boastful ii. boastful ones, boasters (participle) b. (Piel) i. to praise ii. to boast, make a boast c. (Pual) i. to be praised, be made praiseworthy, be commended, be worthy of praise d. (Hithpael) to boast, glory, make one’s boast e. (Poel) to make a fool of , make into a fool f. (Hithpoel) to act madly, act like a madman
It never ceases to amaze me how we can complicate the simplest things! Just like you boast about those you love, their abilities, character, etc. to others, you do the same about the Lord. Definition 2f even indicates getting wild about that boasting! Just imagine if those of us in Christ Jesus were as flamboyant about the Lord to the world as sports fans are to the point of painting themselves with their favorite sports team’s colors, how many more would know the Lord today? Wow and Ouch!
There is a more excellent way! Rather than only empty chatter about sports, news, politics, fashion, entertainment, and any other “trending” thing, we need to have what could be one of the most important conversations for the listener, the Lord Jesus and Him crucified. Sometimes the simplest way to start the conversation is to share what He did and is doing in your life. You may be amazed at how the listener may relate to some aspect of your testimony. Even simpler praise is consistently telling the Lord just how great and wonderful He is and not necessarily because He specifically did something for you but “just because”.
I encourage you to read my posts from Week 2 and Week 4 of this journey through Psalm. I have received some many lessons on what praise is over the years but I believe that in this 150 day journey, I have received even more than I thought possible. Thanks to what the Lord showed me during this time, I desire to praise Him even more whether it be in song, poetry, prayer or word. If you were not able to start the journey on January 1st, I encourage you to start it as soon as you can. It was a wonderful experience seeing the heart of the man who was known to be after God’s own heart and learning how to praise the Lord no matter what.
I also enjoyed the insights others on this journey shared in the Facebook group that I created. In fact, regular participation in the group was a good, freeing experience for one of the group members. She just may be the next great Christian blogger among us! When you get the opportunity, join the group and read the posts from its participants.
In conclusion, I want to again to remind you that no matter the circumstance, issue or challenge you face in life, just remember to