Posted by: peebles | July 19, 2014

Psalm 103:1 (NIV) ~ Praise the Lord, O my soul.

Six times in the book of psalms you can read this exact phrase, “Praise the Lord, O my soul.” It can be found in Psalm 103:1, 103:2, 103:22, 104:1, 104:35 and 146:1.
The word ‘praise’ in the Hebrew language has many meanings, all with different responses.
Here below are those which are listed relating to the theme from our text for today from Psalm 103:1(NIV) Praise the Lord, O my soul.
Deuteronomy 32:3 (NIV) Oh, praise the greatness of our God. ~ The Hebrew word for praise is ‘Hab’ meaning come, give, ascribe, bring praise to God.
Psalm 7:17 (NIV) Sing praise to the Lord. ~ The Hebrew word for praise is ‘Zamar’ meaning to sing, sing praises, to make music, to chant, to sing, to play instrument to worship God. ‘Zamar’ also means to pluck the strings of an instrument, to sing, to praise; a musical word which is largely involved with joyful expressions of music with musical instruments.
Psalm 9:1 (NIV) I will praise you, O Lord. ~ The Hebrew word for praise is ‘Yadah’ meaning to express praise, to extol, to make a public confession, to lead in thanksgiving, brings praise. ‘Yadah’ is a verb with a root meaning, the extended hand, to throw out the hand, therefore to worship with extended hand.
Also the Hewbrew word for praise is ‘Towdah’ it comes from the same principle root word as ‘Yadah’, but is used more specifically with the Hebrew word ‘Shabach’ which means, to shout, to address in a loud tone, to command, to triumph.
Psalm16: 7 (NIV) I will praise the Lord. ~ The Hebrew word for praise is ‘Barak’ meaning to bless, pronounce blessings, give praise. ‘Barak’ also means to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration.
Psalm 18:3 (NIV) I will call to the Lord who is worthy of praise. ~ The Hebrew word for praise is ‘Halal’ meaning to make one’s boast in the name of God, hallelujah, to cheer, bring praise; to sing wedding songs, congratulate, to speak words invoking divine favor.
Also the Hebrew word ‘Tehillah’ is derived from the word ‘Halal’ and means the singing of Halals, to sing or to laud; perceived to involve music, especially singing; hymns of the Spirit.
Psalm 22:3 (NIV) You are the praise of Israel. ~ The Hebrew word for praise is ‘Thilla’ meaning proclaiming the excellence of a person, praiseworthy deeds, theme of praise.
Psalm 26:7 (NIV) Proclaiming aloud your praise. ~ The Hebrew word for praise is ‘Toda’ meaning bring a thank offering, thanksgiving, an expressing of thanksgiving, choirs that give thanks.
Psalm 47:7 (NIV) Sing unto him a psalm of praise. ~ The Hebrew word for praise is ‘Maskil’ meaning to sing a psalm of wisdom and praise unto the Lord.
Psalm 66:17 (NIV) His praise was on my tongue. ~ The Hebrew word for praise is ‘Romam’ meaning to praise in exaltation.
Psalm 134:2 (NIV) Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. ~ The Hebrew word for praise is ‘Towdah’ literally means, an extension of the hand in adoration and acceptance.
My friend, whether you lay down prostrate before the Lord, or you are standing with hands raised is sweet surrender, or bowed down on your knees before your King, or dancing with spontaneous joy, shouting out with victorious words, making a joyful noise, bursting out, bubbling over or even flowing with extravagant worship, let it all be done under the banner of praise unto the Lord.
In our text for today, David speaks to his soul, He is speaking words to raise his spiritual temperature, he encourages himself in the Lord, he motivates his soul into worshiping the Lord. The Bible says in Psalm 103:1(NIV), “Praise the Lord, O my soul.” May we all say a hardy “Amen”, in response to David’s example and may we say to ourselves, “Praise the Lord, O my soul.”
God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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