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Praise Him With Abandon

Let them praise (hâlal) His name with dancing and make music to Him with timbrel and harp.
— Psalm 149:3

Hâlal is the primary Hebrew word for praise. It’s the word from which we derive the biblical word hallelujah. It’s an exuberant expression of celebration, a word that connotes boasting, raving, or celebrating. It carries with it the notion of acting in a way that is “clamorously foolish.” True hâlal contemplates laying aside your inhibitions and killing your self-consciousness.

It’s an exuberant expression of celebration, a word that connotes boasting, raving, or celebrating.

Hâlal is used throughout the psalms.

Because psalms of hâlal were not static declarations, because they were meant for corporate celebration, let’s consider the shape of that celebration using Psalm 149:3. The text of the psalm is simple:

Let them praise (hâlal) His name with dancing and make music to Him with timbrel and harp.

Imagine the Hebrew people gathered together. There, tens of thousands of Levites and musicians faced the Israelites, and together, they formed a sort of praise pit. The Levites and musicians played, and as their songs rose, a combustible energy built and built and built until some spark of God ignited the praises of the people. In that moment, the worshippers began to shout, laugh, and dance. They jumped around, hands raised.

To the outside observer, they might have appeared drunk or foolish, but they were most sober in their celebration of God; they were incarnating hâlal.

The concept of hâlal is so embedded in the notion of praise that it serves as a capstone to the entire book of Psalms. In Psalm 150:6, the writer concludes,

Let everything that has breath praise (hâlal) the Lord.

The God of the universe made us to praise Him with abandon, like foolish but fun-loving children.
God is inviting us into hâlal. Will you let go?

Will you enter His courts with dancing?

(Adapted from Holy Roar by Chris Tomlin, copyright Bowyer & Bow, LLC and Darren Whitehead)

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PRAYER CONFESSION 
Dear God Almighty, I praise your name with dancing and lots of music. I celebrate your faithfulness from the beginning of the year even till forever. You are a great Father. May exuberant praise for you continually be on my lips.
In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.