Zamar – Praise

Screen shot 2009-09-02 at 8.35.02 AMPsalm 92:1 A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath day. [It] is] good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.

There are actually two words for praise in this verse. The first is the one for “give thanks” which is “Yada,” meaning to acknowledge in public the great things God has done.

The second praise in this verse is “Zamar,” which means to praise God with music. It literally means to “pluck.” There are other times that it is translated “to prune,” thus focusing on the use of the fingers in praise.

A whole Psalm is committed to describing this act in Psalm 150, although the Psalmist uses the word Halal (praise) as what is being played on the instruments. Give praise to God with musical instruments!


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