Rediscovery of Biblical Worship

by APC on February 21, 2014

Discovering Worship for Yourself

One of the most serious needs in the church today is the discovery, or re-discovery of Biblical worship. Our worship cannot be rituals or forms of expression handed down from previous generations. It is completely different, and must be discovered individually. When you discover true worship for yourself, you will never be the same. Your heartfelt worship will touch the heart of God.

Our worship cannot be rituals or forms of expression handed down from previous generations. It is completely different, and must be discovered individually.

Throughout the Bible, you will find many worship references. There are a few Hebrew words we often refer to that explain the ways we are to worship God. They are considered to be “sacrifices of praise,” and should be used to bring us into the presence of God.

Todah means “a praise of thanksgiving .” It is demonstrated in the extention of the hands in a spirit of adoration unto God. There is an implication of the hands being extended 2 ways in this form of worship. If the hands are extended with cupped palms, you are showing faith and expectation that God is going to minister to you and supply your needs as well as the needs of others. If the hands are extended wide open with the palms pointing outward, that is a symbol of salutation and adoration unto God. It is not asking for anything, just simply saluting God. It is adoring, reverencing, and worshipping God with hands upraised and palms pointing upward unto God. You are expressing faith with this praise, and showing anticipation for what God has for you.

Yadah is a “power praise” in the mind of the Hebrew worshipper. It is demonstrated as an action, or extension of our hands in relationship to power as we confess that God is the one that we are worshipping, and praising. In our confession of His worthiness, there is a certain power involved. We are calling on God with a power salute. This kind of act is almost like a dedication to God, and will move us from the mind to the heart in our spirit of worship. This is done very enthusiastically with force, and it is done publicly. It has to be coupled with explanatory words like “great” and “greatly to be praised.” When you say that God is great and greatly to be praised, you are connecting yourself with power! You can feel that power in your praise and worship unto Him!

Halal is a “celebration praise” that means “to shine.” This means to make a show, not hypocritically. It also means to celebrate, and to glorify. It is considered to be clamorously foolish in the eyes of the world. It is an expression of praise that is found in the scriptures that we translate in the English language as “Hallelujah.” To Halal is to Hallelujah in the presence of the Lord. It is boasting about the Lord! It is not a private form of praise. We are to Halal when we are among the people. Like David, we are to Halal with joyful lips! The angels in heaven Halal God night and day. There is power in Halaling God!

Zamar is a “melodious praise.” This has to do with musical instruments. Zamar simply means to touch the strings or parts of the musical instrument and make music accompanied by the voice to celebrate in song. David not only sang unto the Lord, but he made music with his harp. He formed an orchestra, and directed them to play as loud as they could. He knew the importance of music in releasing praise from the inner spirit. In his last Psalm, he invited everything that hath breath to praise the Lord and called on every instrument to play.

Barak means to adore with bended knee. It is a “praise of adoration.” This is not a loud type of worship. It comes from deep within the heart. It is defined as “be still and know that I am God” kind of worship. It is related to your private hours of worship and meditation, where you worship God in your heart. There is a time to shout praises, but there is also a time of quietly bowing in a spirit of adoration to the presence of God in your life.

We are not allowed to choose our “style” of worship. We are simply needing time for an emotional response to God. Sometime when your mind is troubled, try this type of still worship before God. You will find a peace that will come to your mind. The Bible says peace will come to the hearts of those who’s minds are stayed on Jesus.

Tehillah is a “singing praise.” It is the praise that God inhabits or enthrones himself in. This is lifting up our voices to God with singing, or to sing in the Spirit. Singing the scriptures can become a double praising. There is a melodious release of inner feelings plus the anointed words of the Bible when you sing these kinds of songs to yourself. Often the only time we ever sing to God is when we come to church, but you have to learn to sing to the Lord away from church. Tehillah is not an optional praise, it is COMMANDED. The Bible says to make His (Tehillah) praise glorious!

United in Purpose

Coming to church and just sitting on a pew has got to become a thing of the past. From the first note of the first song, we should begin to offer our sacrifice of praise.

All these expressions are part of the worship and praise of God’s people. It is important that when we come into the House of God, we understand how important it is to get involved in a spirit of worship! It is not a time to sit on our pew and sing songs, and maybe clap our hands a few times. We come together, UNITED IN PURPOSE to offer God what is DUE Him! We position ourselves for the Spirit of God to minister to us! We position ourselves for miracles too! Paul and Silas were locked in a Phillipian jail and just started singing praises, and declaring the greatness of God when their miracle came. God sent an earthquake and the whole jail collapsed, and every chain broke! If our worship can produce results like that, why do we hesitate?

Coming to church and just sitting on a pew has got to become a thing of the past. From the first note of the first song, we should begin to offer our sacrifice of praise. Let the sanctuary become FILLED with His glory, and powerful presence. All we have to do is take a small step like raising our hands. When we have the understanding of what we are doing, we want to participate more. We worship on purpose! Let’s move from spectating to participating. Give it a try, and see how you feel! Revolutionize your worship!!!