by Tammy Phillips
March 19, 2021
Oh, that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalms 107:8 KJV)
I heard the voices of the sullen faces coming from the old church pews. They thought they needed to occupy those pews every Sunday. No joy. No laughter. No happiness. No praise. I heard duty coming from their lips as they sang their sacred hymns. (They are my hymns, too. I just sing them a little different.) Listen closely, you can hear : “Praise God from whom all blessing flow…”
David all but begged the Israelites and us, in Psalms 107, to praise God because of His WONDER FILLED WORKS. He asked them to thank God for His amazing works. They cried! God heard. He saved them. He delivered them. He healed them. The very same thing He does for us…not just once, but on a daily basis.
Luke also told us in chapter 17 about the disciples praising God with a loud voice and rejoicing. The disciples were magnifying Jesus and His amazing works. The old Pharisees tried to get Jesus to rebuke the disciples. He said, “if they don’t cry out the rocks will.” (Ain’t no rock getting my praise!)
Yadah is the Hebrew word for praise which means:
- To use the hand
- To cast the hand
- To throw at
- To throw down
- To revere or worship (with extended hands)
- To show or point out with hand extended.
It blows my mind that we hoop and holler for anything and everything but Jesus. We throw up a praise at ballgames, graduation, and music concerts…a praise misplaced. The ONLY one deserving of our praise is God Almighty and Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Some of those old timers might think that we are crazy. We need to lead the way and get our praise on. To the enemy and all people who try to silence our praise, I enCOURAGE you to sing in the day with Yadah! Yadah! Yadah! Throw all praise to him.
O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endures forever. Psalms 107:1 NKJV