«Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!» (Psalm 32: 1 1).
THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE, different styles of praise to God are spoken about, such as the examples that follow. Hallal is the word frequently used in the Old Testament to refer to praise in the sense of solemn celebration. Hallal is that continuous and daily reverent celebration of God’s children. Different from this style of praise is shabach, which means to cry out in a loud voice. The shabach praise is like a shout of triumph that is enjoyed in victory because the happiness felt is great.
Yadah is the praise that is expressed with words, poems, and psalms. Towdab means «to extend the hands in worship of gratitude» and is a type of praise that is more physical, more visible in exterior gestures. Zamar, for its part, implies playing instruments and singing praises with musical accompaniment.
As you can see, dear friend, a thankful heart does not have limits for expressing praise to God. When praise does not flow, it is because there are obstacles in the life of the Christian, such as the following five.
The first and great obstacle to praising God is sin. Every unconfessed sin inhibits our relationship with the Lord will not hear me if I hold on to sin in my heart» (Psalm 66:18, NLV).
Second, we find self-condemnation, that feeling of unworthiness derived from not accepting divine forgiveness. If that is your case, you need to spend more time with Jesus until you are convinced of His power to forgive completely.
Another great obstacle is worldliness, everything that dampens our affection for Jesus Christ, those passions for the things of this world.
A fourth obstacle is the distortion of the concept of God. For many people, God is synonymous with judgment and punishment, and that prevents them from true worship. However, God is not like that, but just the contrary: pure love.
Lastly, there are traditions: Believing that the only valid style of worship is what our parents have passed on to us or what we have seen in the church where we have grown up.
May your praise today and everyday contain hallal, yadab, towdab, zamar, and even shabach