TePhillah – Intercession for someone


It’s bonus word time … Don Potter included one extra word, tĕphillah, with his 7 Hebrew words for praise.


This word means intercession for someone, (II Kings 19:4; Isaiah 37:4; Jeremiah 7:16, 11:14) prayer, entreaty, supplication, hymn.  This is the most general Hebrew word for prayer in the Old Testament.  Isaiah 56:7 states that God’s House will be a house of prayer.  This was the scripture Jesus was quoting when He drove out the moneychangers from the temple courtyard.  (Matthew 21:13) This term meant a prayer that was set to music and sung in formal worship.

Another Hebrew word for intercession is “Paga.”  It’s a more intense intercession with the root meaning to bear down in prayer.

I put this word in these definitions as an extra word because intercession and praise are so closely related.  I also believe that praise and prophetic are closely related as well as tools for teaching and evangelism.

“Facing The Wall” ©2002 Potterhaus Music; pp 158-159


1 Kings 8:45 (NKJV)

45 then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.


Do you sing prayers or put prayers to music during your times of prayer or praise?

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

Thanking God At All Times

I recently have been reading and listening to Joseph Prince, who will be speaking at the upcoming Hillsong conference and have been so blessed and encouraged by his great faith and trust in God’s unfailing goodness!  I wanted to share one of his recent daily newsletters reminding us to always to be thankful despite our circumstances.  Thanksgiving is a key component in our attitude of worship.

Thanking God At All Times

Hebrews 13:15
15Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Lifting up your hands and thanking God is spontaneous and easy when you have just received a wonderful blessing: “God, I can’t thank You enough for this miracle!”

“Thank You Father, for answering my prayer!”

“Father, thank You for the windfall!”

Perhaps you came close to being in a fatal accident, but God plucked you out of danger just in time. Or your grandmother, an unbeliever for many years, finally received Jesus as her Savior and got healed of a long-term disease.

But there are times when you don’t feel like lifting up your hands to thank and praise God, yet you do it. Perhaps you feel very discouraged lately. Perhaps everything is going wrong for you and you feel like your life is in a mess. You can’t hold back the tears. Yet, you make a conscious decision to lift your hands and thank God for being in the situation with you. You open your mouth and begin to praise Him even though you really don’t feel like doing it.

In the midst of the trial that you are going through, you praise Him that He is your righteousness in spite of all the mistakes you have made. You thank Him that He is your Prince of Peace, and that His peace will arise in you and still the storms in your life.

My friend, God sees and appreciates such times when, despite feeling so discouraged, you offer a freewill thanksgiving offering to Him. In fact, your thanksgiving during such times is more highly prized by Him than your thanksgiving during those times when you are feeling joyful because you have just been blessed.

And when you choose to thank Him for His unfailing love, and His faithfulness to deliver, protect and provide for you even when you don’t see the blessings yet, before long, you will find yourself experiencing and enjoying the blessings! So lift your hands and praise the Lord, for He is good, and His mercy endures forever! (Psalm 106:1)

Praise Him hardest when it is hardest to praise

Walkdowns by Paul Baloche

Here is a great article from Paul Baloche on playing bass notes along with your chords.  You can visit Paul’s website at www.leadworship.com. You can read other articles he as written along with updates on his music and events.  Follow Paul on twitter to receive notifications of new articles.

By Paul Baloche

Walkdowns describe the bass movement in a song, creating interest and emotion. A “one chord” with the root in the bass makes the listener feel “at home”. But a “one chord” with the third or the fifth in the bass is a totally different animal, usually evoking a majestic, anthem like quality. These are very useful tools in writing and arranging songs.

Almost every song ever written has either a walk-down or walk-up. Think of how the bass walks down in choruses like “Jesus, Lover of My Soul”, “There is None like You”, “As the Deer”, or “Mr. Bojangles”. Sacred and Secular, Classical and Contemporary, all employ this timeless musical device.

So here we go. By learning the walkdowns in the five “guitar keys”, you will be equipped to play nearly 90% of all music ever written. Or at least most of the music you ever hope to play. Of course then, by using a capo, you will be able to play in all twelve keys with ease. That is one of the cool things about the guitar—if you learn the “shapes” of certain chords, those shapes can be moved up and down the neck forming different chords in different keys. Something you can’t do on a piano I might add.

Look at the examples shown below. In the key of C, look at the F/G chord. That “shape” is a “moveable shape”. If you move that shape up 2 frets, it becomes a G/A, which sets you up for the key of D. It’s a great shape to use when you’re modulating from one key to another. Another moveable shape that will serve you well is the A/C# in the key of D. Move it up and down the neck and figure out what chord you’re playing. Bb/D, C/E, etc. Go ahead and try them. Ouch!! It’s tough at first. The guitar is a very physical instrument. Take heart. Your hand muscles will grow stronger through repetition so keep practicing.

The examples shown start with the easiest key, C, and progress to the hardest key, E. If you are striving to be a better guitar player, I truly believe this is time well spent. Learning these walkdowns will prepare you to play hundreds of songs and enable you to enjoy your instrument more fully. “Play skillfully…..” Ps. 33:3