Please take notice that Zamar is the fifth dimension, not the first. Because you don't start praise by making music. Music that involves instruments is to be an extension of your praise, not a creation of it. Praise starts with Todah and Yadah- thanksgiving- which may be given by everyone, since we all have breath.Perhaps our churches are void of God's power because we want to start with music, but God wants us to start with thanksgiving. This is not to say that thanksgiving may not be given through music, but we must be careful not to expect the musicians and worship leaders to do for us what we need to do for ourselves. Truly, we cannot praise God through thanksgiving of another. Thanksgiving must come from our own grateful heart and be expressed by our own willing lips. This is the only way our celebration through music can be genuine.
We have to know that we have something to celebrate before celebration can happen. Thanksgiving reminds us whose we are and what he has done for us. this then, is why we celebrate.
Psalms 92:1-3 says: "it is good to give thanks (yadah) to the Lord and to sing (Zamar) to your name oh Most High. To declare your loving kindness in the morning and your faithfulness every night. on and instrument (often strings) or lute, and on the harp with harmonious sound.
Psalm 147:7 says: "Sing (Zamar) to the Lord with Todah (thanksgiving): (Zamar) or sing on the harp to our God. Psalm 144:1,9 says: " Barak( Bless) the Lord my Rock who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle. I will sing (Zamar) a new song to you oh God; on a harp I will sing (Zamar) to you.
The book of Psalms is a record of petitions or lements, thanksgiving and praise to God by his people. As such it has brought comfort, encouragement and blessings to God's people throughout the ages. Every human emotion is covered in these hymns of aspirations to God. Praising God executes judgment. The worship of God in the church is a type of spiritual warfare, but the believers have not fully understood what was happening as they sang (Zamar) and thanked (Todah) God.
Praise allows us to stand in the gap for others so they may be delivered. We have biblical models of this for example: David sang for King Saul. the word said, " And so it was whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take his harp, sing and play it with his hands. Then the distressing spirit would depart from him. (1 Samuel 16:23) David Zamared) to Saul to keep him off his back, to keep him from killing him literally; though he tried more than once by throwing a spear at him.
there is an expressing that says: "Music or singing soothes the savage beast." We know that singing is both melodious and effective because many moms rock their children to sleep every night by singing hymns and lullabies to bring comfort, peace and love to their little ones.
Tomorrow I will be discussing the next Hebrew word for "praise," Shabach. until then:
Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers, and pray for me also.