Yadah – Praise


Screen shot 2009-09-02 at 8.11.30 AM2 Chronicles 20:19-21 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high. So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy [endures] forever.”

The Hebrew word that we are very familiar with for “Praise the Lord” is Hallelujah. The word for praise used is Halel. But, the word for praise used in the above verse is “Yadah” which means to let God be known in public, to tell others what God has done. It’s root mean is to “throw out the hand.”

So, Jehoshaphat put his choir on the front line for battle and the song they chose to sing went something like this – “Tell everyone what God has done! Let it be known His great works, for His mercy will last forever!”

How effective was the song? When they got to the enemies camp every enemy was dead. They did not raise a sword but they raise a praise!

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4 Responses

  1. that is to proof that God works with praises,so let us praise the more.

  2. Thank you for the explanation and bible reference. Be blessed.

  3. thank you from Italy!

  4. TEHILLAH -teh-hil-law- to sing, to laud. A spontaneous new song. Singing from a melody in your heart by adding words to it. This refers to a special kind of singing-it is singing unprepared, unrehearsed songs. Brings tremendous unity to the body of Christ. Singing straight to God. Can move into tehilah anytime. Singing it the second time would be ZAMAR. It is the praise that God inhabits (sits enthroned on)(Psalm 22:3) God manifests Himself in the mids of exuberant singing.
    Scripture: Psalms 22:3, 34:1, 40:3, 66:2, 2 Chronicles 20:22

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