In the Scriptures, in addition to "Praise," "halal" is translated as "commend" )see Genesis 12:15; Proverbs 12:80, "boast" (see 1 Kings 20:11; Psalm 10:3;34:2;97:7), "celebrate" (see Is. 38:18), "glory (see 1 Chronicles 16:10; Psalm 105:3; Is. 41:16, "exalt" (see Is. 45:25), "sing praises" (see 2 Chronicles 23"13;), and "shine" (see Job 31:26; 41:18). since Halal is also translated "insane" (see 1 Samuel 21:13), or "fools" and "foolish" (see Job 12:17; psalm 5:5; 73:3; Eccl. 2:2). It suggest a sense of foolishness or abandonment in praise. Therefore some people won't praise God with halal because they are too cute, too dignified, to refined to look even a little bit foolish and un-together in their celebration of God.
Halal is found in the Old Testament more than 160 times, halal may also be used in the praise of people, but the more common usage is in praise of God-hence, the word Hallelujah, a Hebrew word from the same root, which is usually translated "Praise the Lord!"
A good example of progression through the dimensions of praise is found in First chronicles chapter 16 when David takes the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. To understand the significance of this passage concerning praise we need to go back a chapter and look at the bringing of the Ark to Jerusalem in chapter 15. David has make a tent for the Ark of the covenant and is preparing to bring it into the city. Therefore, he assembles all the people, including the Levites, the only Israelites who are permitted to carry the Ark. Then he instructs them.
He instructs them because the last time that they attempted this God's anger broke out. Tragedy struck when Uzzah, one of the men taking care of the Ark, was killed when he put out his hand to steady it (see 1 Chron. 15:12-13). Hence, David's joy in bringing the Ark to Jerusalem was replaced by fear. David evidently saw this calamity as the result of his failure to ask God for His prescribed way to move the Ark. I'd like to take a side bar here and say this: "We must be careful how we handle God's holy things. We should never treat some thing of value or that is sacred to God as common or base.
David evidently saw this calamity as the result of his failure to ask God for his prescribed way to move the Ark. The second time he attempted to move it, he therefore wanted to be sure he did everything right. Instead of placing the Ark on a cart, as he had done the first time, David instructed the Levites to carry it on poles as their ancestors had done in the time of Moses.
As they started out, David commanded the Levites to sing joyful songs, accompanied by musical instruments. David also offered sacrifices to God because He was helping the Levites to move the Ark, as He required. Thus, all Israel brought up the Ark with shouting, rejoicing, and the playing of trumpets and other instruments. Meanwhile, David was dancing and celebrating. This lover of God's presence was evidently overjnoyed that the throne of God was coming to Jerusalem, the city where David lived and ruled. As we see in Chapter 16, David offers more sacrifices and appoints Levites to minister before the Ark, making petitions, giving thanks (yadah), and praising God (halal), so much so that the Bible says he almost dances out of his clothes. that is the kind of undignified praise, God deserves and is once again looking for in our worship services.
David had experienced one tragedy because he didn't follow God's instructions. He wasn't about to suffer another one. Therefore, he instructed the Levites to minister to the Lord starting with sacrifices and thanksgiving. Only after the sacrifices had been presented, did he add music and progress through the other dimensions of praise, Finally, by the end of verse 35, the praise becomes Tehillah. This progression of praise dimensions is not found here in strict order, as is evident in the verses quoted above. yer, there is a sense in which David sought to follow God's pattern so the people might "give thanks (yadah) to His holy name, and glory (shabach) in His praise (tehillah).
It is always good to seek out the truth, to investigate and lean the right ways of behaving and correct protocol in the house of God. Ignorance is not bliss and it definitely is not the order of the day! My prayer is that those who will attend the "Clean This House" services July 11-13, will have study, learned, and begin to appy these praise principles in their individual personal worship time with the Lord, and certainly apply them when participating in corporate worship with other believers in Christ. And to God Be The Glory.
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