Hitchhiker’s bLOG (Sunday Edition) – 2020.05.17

A Word on Worship

O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

Isaiah 25:1

There are many different Hebrew words that express the actions of worship. Here are a few: zamar ( זָמַר ), yadah ( יָדָה ), todah ( תּוֹדָה ), tehillah ( תְּהִלָּה ), shachah ( שָׁחָה ), ramam ( רָמַם ) and halal ( הָלַל ).

“I will praise…”

Today’s passage actually has two words of worship, but I will only focus on one. The phrase “I will praise” contains the Hebrew primary root word yadah ( יָדָה ). It means to cast or throw, and is most often translated as give thanks, give praise, or confess.

So if you play with the root word, we can see a fuller meaning behind the phrase “I will praise.” I will cast myself upon the name of God, for YaHWeh has done wonderful, consistent, and firm things throughout history!

I throw myself upon the Triune God of Grace today in worship! For he is consistent in all of his wonderful works yesterday, today, and tomorrow!

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