Ways to PraiseAdeshola Ezeokoli
(Hebrews 13:15) Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.
There are many ways of expressing praise to God. Here is a list that is not exhaustive but it lists some biblical ways of praising God.
Some of these have already been dealt with in detail in previous chapters.
1. Singing: When we talk about praise and worship,this is what usually comes to mind (Psalm47:6).
2. Clapping: You can clap in praise to God with or without music or singing (Psalm 47:1).
3. Shouting: Shouting in praise is scriptural too! In Hebrew this is called “Shabach” (Zephaniah 3:14). The Hebrew word “Tehillah” is a word which de- notes a combination of shouting, singing, clapping and rejoicing.
4. Playing instruments: You can play an instrument to praise God. The Hebrew word for this is “Zamar” (Psalm 150).
5. Dancing: This is addressed in a previous chapter. It is called “Hallel” in Hebrew and dancing does not always have to be to music or a beat.You can praise God in a dance all on its own.
6. Tongues: It is scriptural, hence spiritual to praise God in other tongues. You can sing in tongues
also (1 Corinthians 14:15).
7. Lifting hands: Called “Yadah” in Hebrew. This is lifting your hands in submission and reverence toGod (Psalm 134:2).
8. Bowing down: To bow down and worship God isto express awe at His majesty. This is “Barouch” in Hebrew (Psalm 95:6).
9. Solemn silence: There are times to be quiet in God’s presence and honor Him with solemn silence. It is during these times that God speaks to you. While praise and worship is usually an out-ward expression of your love for God, there are times when God wants you to be quiet and just bask in His presence (Psalm 46:10).
SCRIPTUE READING: Psalm 138