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HALAL

Psalm 113: 1-3

Praise the Lord! Yes, give praise, O servants of the Lord.Praise the name of the Lord!

Psalm 150

1 Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
2 Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!
3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
praise him with the lyre and harp!
4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
praise him with strings and flutes!
5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

Halal is a primary Hebrew root word for praise. It means “to be clear, to shine, to boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish.”

For me this is a word that we’d perhaps describe as overflow. The bubbling over of God’s spirit that leads us to praise and all we can do is praise and celebrate

In 2 Samuel 6 David worshipped God in a clamorously foolish way!

14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.

This scripture has often been translated that David danced naked before the Lord, whether David was worshipping in his tighty whities, his linen loincloth or perhaps the more accurate translation in a priestly garment the teaching point is this…

David was not acting dignified like a king should

And I believe this holds a really significant point for us – so much of our hesitation about expressing our love of God loudly and proudly is that we’re worried if it’s acceptable to other people, we’re worried if it’s normal, we’re worried if it’s ok to, we’re self conscious…

WORSHIP
Spend some time worshipping God today and go for it! Don’t hold back! Be foolish before God!

In your day today, what are the norms that might need re-addressing.

How can praise of God bubble over into your commute, perhaps be a bit ‘foolish’ and talk to someone on the tube!

How can your praise of God bubble over into your family life, perhaps have a praise party as a family and show of your best dancing!

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