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Each day this week we’re going to look at the Hebrew words for praise in the Bible


YADAH is a verb with a root meaning, “the extended hand, to throw out the hand, therefore to worship with extended hand, to lift the hands

2 Chronicles 20:21 Give thanks (yadah) to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 63:4 So I will praise you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 107:15 Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

OTHER REFERENCES: Genesis 29:35, 49:8; 2 Chronicles 7:3,6; Psalms 67:3, 108:3; Isaiah 12:1,4; Jeremiah 33:11

TOWDAH comes from the same principle root word as yadah, but is used more specifically. Towdah literally means, “an extension of the hand in adoration, avowal, or acceptance.” By way of application, it is apparent in the Psalms and elsewhere that it is used for thanking God for “things not yet received” as well as things already at hand.

So hands can be lifted not as a readiness to receive, lifted hands / open hands

Psalm 50:14 Offer unto God praise (towdah) and pay thy vows unto the Most High.

Psalm 50:23 Whoso offereth praise (towdah) glorifieth Me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.


Today find some space to worship God and extend your arms to him in reverence and worship

Wait on God with open arms and listen to His voice – what is God saying?

Whatever today holds what does it look like to worship, to extend your praise from church yesterday into your day, today?

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