TeHILLAH- a Hymn of Praise

The seventh Hebrew word for praise is Tĕhillah …


Praise, laudation, or hymn of praise:  It is the most used word for praise in the Old Testament.

Comes from the word HALAL that comes from the root word HALLELUJAH.

HALAL = strong expression

TeHILLAH is the song the Lord sings to us, through us.  The Christians sang TeHILLAH praise when they were being fed to the lions, and the Romans discontinued the practice when so many of the people in the stands were touched by God

It is God’s song being sung.


Psalm 22:3 God is enthroned on TeHILLAH praise.

Psalm 22:5, Psalm 33:1, Psalm 48:10, Psalm 62:2, Psalm 147:1, Deuteronomy 10:21 In all these scriptures the word praise is TeHILLAH.

Isaiah 60:18 Gates means praise (TeHILLAH). The gate into His presence is Tehillah praise.

Isaiah 61:3 A garment of praise replaces a spirit of heaviness.

Paul sang this form of praise while chained in prison. God inhabited that praise and the chains fell, the prison doors were opened, and salvation came and set the captives free.

“Facing The Wall” ©2002 Potterhaus Music; pp 158


Psalm 48:10 (NKJV)

10 According to Your name, O God,
So is Your praise to the ends of the earth;
Your right hand is full of righteousness.


If you prefer to learn these 7 ways via music, then Carman has written just the song for you:

Previous entries: Yadah, Towdah, Halal, Barak, Shabach, Zamar

Zamar- to sing with an instrument

The sixth Hebrew word for praise is Zamar …

6. Zamar=

Praise, sing praise with the instrument, means to touch with fingers the strings of an instrument, or to pluck a stringed instrument in celebration.  Used in poetry, singing can be involved.  Music was given to render praise unto God. Psalm 33:2, Psalm 71:22, 2 Samuel 22:50, Psalm 61:8, Psalm 66:2,4.  Though the word “sing” is used, it means Zamar.

ZAMAR was the praise that David offered when playing for Saul to rid him of the tormenting spirit.

“Facing The Wall” ©2002 Potterhaus Music; pp 157


Psalm 33:2 (NKJV)

2 Praise the LORD with the harp;
Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.


Enjoy Phil Keaggy doing a little zamar in his song “Legacy” from the album “Acoustic Sketches”

Previous entries: Yadah, Towdah, Halal, Barak, Shabach

Shabach – to praise, specifically with a loud voice

The fifth Hebrew word for praise is Shabach …


Praise, triumph, glory, commend, a loud adoration, proclaiming with a loud voice unashamed glory.  Ecclesiastes 4:2, Psalm 145:4, Psalm 147:12.  Out of this shout comes triumph actually shouting love unto God.  To calm anger; Proverbs 29:11, To still the waves; To soothe with praises (Psalm 62:3) Jesus calmed the waves while in the boat with His disciples with this.

[Though it may seem unlikely that a shout could have a calming effect on the turmoil of this life, it does just that.  Letting go with a shout of praise will often bring a peace and a stilling of the torment of the enemy puts on the people of God.]

Psalm 63:1-3 In this psalm David is referring to SHABACH when he is saying “THUS WILL I BLESS THEE” for the loving kindness of God.  There are many expressions of love unto God, and this is just one of them. When we shout the victory of love for God, we break the hold of the enemy.  We are not only loving God, but also proclaiming it to all that would hear.

Psalm 117:1, Isaiah 12:6 Voice of triumph, Psalm 89:15 “HOW BLESSED ARE THE PEOPLE THAT KNOW THE JOYFUL SOUND.”

JOYFUL SOUND = earsplitting shout of joy.  Trumpet blast …

“Facing The Wall” ©2002 Potterhaus Music; pp 156-157


Psalm 117:1 (NKJV)

1 Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!


Previous entries: Yadah, Towdah, Halal, Barak,

Barak – to praise with your body

The fourth Hebrew word for Praise is barak.  For me, this is the praise word that reminds me that worship is not all about the music.  We can worship, praise, bless and revere the Lord by moving our bodies and positioning ourselves in humility before Him.


Praise, kneel; bless to do with motion. To confess, to thank, to use the hands, or to bow the knee, to revere, worship, salute, to bless God in an act of adoration.

Judges 5:2-3, Psalm 103:1 “BLESS THE LORD O MY SOUL” means to bow before the Lord O my soul.  Psalm 72:15 The motion given in BARAK is bending the knee and blessing the King that supplies all your needs.  There is usually no vocal expression in BARAK praise but has to do with physical movement.  This word is used 330 times in the O.T. Genesis 1:22 God blessed them and said, be fruitful and multiply.  God taught us how to bless by first blessing us.

“Facing The Wall” ©2002 Potterhaus Music; pp 156-157


Psalm 95:6-7 (NKJV)

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
7 For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.


Previous entries: Yadah, Towdah, Halal

Halal – to celebrate clamorously

Our 3rd Hebrew word for praise is Halal.


Praise, boast, celebrate, clamorously foolish, to shine, hence to make show, to rave, sing, rage, renowned, all these forms of praise are offered in an attitude of delight. To be bright, to be splendid, to be praised, to be famous, to cause to shine, to make bright, to give light, to deserve praise, radiance is at the heart…It is the root word of Hallelujah. HALAL is used 113 times in the O.T. Psalm 149:1, Jeremiah 31:7, Psalm 69:30, Psalm 22:22-25, Psalm 48:8 Jesus came to bring HALAL praise to the Father. This is a word for describing God. (There are instances where the word is applied to human beings. Genesis 12:15, II Samuel 14:25, 1 Kings 20:11, Psalm 63:11, Proverbs 31:28,31)

When David brought the Ark of Covenant back to Israel, he danced wildly in front of it. He was praising in HALAL praise. In that time, it was traditional for the conquering army returning home to take a prisoner and strip him and make him dance in front of the king that conquered him. That is what David was doing when he (king of Israel) stripped himself and danced like a fool in fron of the King that had conquered him.

This was also praised that the heavenly host did when coming down out of Heaven to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

(This is the praise that draws the most objections.)

“Facing The Wall” ©2002 Potterhaus Music; pp 156


2 Samuel 6:16 (NASB)

16 Then it happened as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.


Previous entries: Yadah, Towdah

Towdah – to praise no matter your circumstances

The 2nd Hebrew word for praise is Towdah …


Praise, thank offering, means to praise no matter what your circumstances. Lifting your hands in praise begins the breaking in the one praising that is needed to defeat the oppression of the enemy. Raising the hands is a sign of surrender, signaling the enemy that you are given over to God. Psalm 100, Psalm 50:23, Jeremiah 17:26, Psalm 56:12.

“Facing The Wall” ©2002 Potterhaus Music; pp 155


Psalm 50:23 (NKJV)

 23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me;
And to him who orders his conduct aright
I will show the salvation of God.


Previous entries: Yadah

7 Hebrew Words of Praise – Yadah

I have been reading Don Potter’s “Facing The Wall” and in its appendix is a brief overview of the seven most common words for praise used in the Old Testament.  In our modern age of worship and church, it may be surprising to see praise as more than playing a song and singing.  Many of the words are not even related to music.

  1. Yadah
  2. Towdah
  3. Halal
  4. Barak
  5. Shabach
  6. Zamar
  7. Tehillah

We will be highlighting each word in a different blog post.  Today, we will introduce the word yadah.

The Bible is full of the words praise, bless, or glory.  Whenever these words are used they can mean one of many Hebrew words.  The following is a list of only seven words.  This is not an exhaustive list by any means.  All these definitions were taken from the Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV and Strong’s Concordance of the Bible (there are many Greek words for praise as well, but I’m only using the Hebrew.)

The first word for “praise” in the Hebrew is one of the most important words I found.  That is because the heart of the word is to confess your sins.  The root of the word is to have an intimate knowing of God.  (These words are not in any particular order; just in the order Ray taught them.)


Praise, thank, thanksgiving, cast (throw), Genesis 29:35, when Leah had her fourth son, she raised her hands in praise to the Lord, and called him Judah (praise). This is the first time anyone was recorded raising their hands in praise for their blessings: Praise as a result of blessing.  Psalm 69:30-31 David is saying his confession of praise and thanksgiving is more pleasing to God than his sacrifice.  This praise also includes public confession of sin: Psalm 32:5 To confess, to sing praise, to sing, etc. essentially it is to acknowledge the word of God and man’s character.


The root of YADAH which means to be intimately acquainted with someone, or God.  To understand or acquire knowledge; to know; to discern; (learning to discern God’s heart) To know by learning and experiencing. Knowing through the senses, by investigating and proving. To become acquainted in a sexual way to make oneself known; to be familiar; to reveal oneself; this Hebrew word occurs 995 times in the O.T. Knowledge gained through the senses.

“Facing The Wall” ©2002 Potterhaus Music; pp 154-155