Tuesday, 21 April 2009

I'll become even more undignified than this!!!!


On Easter Sunday morning our worship team played 'When I Survey' (Bluetree style!)I was reading the words of Isaac Watts, who wrote the hymn, and who was pretty big on worship and the heart.
He wrote “God values not the service of men, if the heart be not in it: The Lord sees and judges the heart; he has no regard to outward forms of worship, if there be no inward adoration, if no devout affection be employed therein. It is therefore a matter of infinite importance, to have the whole heart engaged steadfastly for God.”

It's a great reminder in a culture which is sometimes far more concerned with the outward appearance. We can 'appear' to be on fire, giving it all we've got - but if our hearts are 'off' it's all just noise.

Tim Hughes says “Worship is the total alignment of our heart, soul, mind and strength with the will of God. It is our whole-hearted response to God’s extravagant love and mercy.” Love that!!!!

Roy McClenaghan (pastor of Word of Faith) has taught us over the years the Hebrew words for praise. When you study them, you discover praise and worship is passionate, undignified, wild, abandoned, free - here are some of the different ways people in the OT praised God...
Barak
to kneel or bow, to give reverence to God as an act of adoration, implies a continual conscious giving place to God, to be attuned to him and his presence
Guwl
to spin around, under the influence of any violent emotion
Hallal
to praise, to make a show or rave about, to glory in or boast upon, to be clamorously foolish about you adoration of God
Ranan
to creak, to emit a stridulous sound, to shout aloud for joy
Shachah
to depress or prostrate in homage or loyalty to God, bow down, fall down flat
Shuwr
strolling minstrelsy, to sing, singer (man or woman)
Tehillah
to sing hallal, a new song, a hymn of spontaneous praise glorifying God in song
Todah
an extension of the hand, avowal, adoration, a choir of worshipers, confession, sacrifice of praise, thanksgiving
Yadah
to use, hold out the hand, to throw (a stone or arrow) at or away, to revere or worship (with extended hands, praise thankful, thanksgiving)
Zamar
to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument i.e. play upon it, to make music accompanied by the voice, to celebrate in song and music, give praise, sing forth praises, psalms
Alats
to jump for joy, exult, be joyful, rejoice, triumph
Alaz
to jump for joy, exult, be joyful, rejoice, triumph
Anah
to eye or to heed, pay attention, to respond, to begin to speak, to sing, shout, testify, announce, give, account, afflict
Calal
to mound up, exalt, reflex, to oppose, cast up, exalt (self), extol, make plain, raise up
Caphar
to score with a mark, to inscribe, to enumerate, recount, celebrate, show forth, speak, talk, tell
Chagag
to move in a circle, to march in a sacred procession, to observe a festival, to be giddy, celebrate, dance, to keep or hold a solemn feast (holiday), to reel to and fro
Chuwl
to twist or whirl in a circular spiral manner, to dance
Dagal
to flaunt, to raise a flag, to be conspicuous, set up with banners, cheifest
Gadal
to cause to be large, increase in estate, honor or pride, advance, boast, bring up, exceed, excellent, lift up, magnify, promote, speak proudly of
Giyl
a revolution (of time and age), exceeding joy, gladness, greatly, rejoice
Gol
to call aloud, a voice or sound, bleating, crackling, cry, fame, lightness, lowing, noise, proclaiming, sing, sound, thunder, voice, yell
Hilluwl
a sense of rejoicing, a celebration of thanksgiving for harvest, merry, praise
Kabed
numerous, rich, honorable, to make weighty
Kabod
splendor, copiousness, glorious, glory, honorable
Kara
to bend the knee, to sink, to prostrate, bow down self, bring down low
Karar
to dance, whirl
Macha
to rub or strike the hands together (in exultation), clap
Machowl
a round dance, dancing
Mangiynah
a satire, music
Massa
a burden, an utterance chiefly a doom, especially singing, prophecy, song, tribute
Mechowlah
a dance company, dances
Mizmowr
instrumental music, a poem set to notes, the word most frequently used for titles of the Psalms
Nacah
to lift, exalt, extol, hold, up, honorable, magnify, regard, respect, yield
Nagan
to thrum, to beat a tune with the fingers, to play a stringed instrument, to make music, sing to stringed instruments
Natsach
to glitter from afar, to be eminent (as a superintendent), especially of the temple services and it's' music, to be permanent, excel, chief musician (singer), overseer, set forward, used in the title of the Psalms
Negiynath
instrumental music, a stringed instrument, a poem set to music, an epigram
Paras
to break apart, disperse, break, chop in pieces, lay open, scatter, spread (abroad, forth, selves, out), stretch (forth, out)
Patsach
to break out (in joyful sound), break forth into joy, make a loud noise
Pazaz
to solidify (as if by refining), to spring (as if separating the limbs), leap, be made strong
Ragad
to stamp, to spring about (wildly or for joy), aloud, noise, shouted
Renanah
a shout (for joy), joyful voice, singing, triumphing
Rinnah
a shrill sound, shout of grief or joy, gladness, proclamation, rejoicing, shouting, triumph, singing
Rowmam
exaltation, praise, be extolled
Ruwa
to split the ears with sound, shout (for alarm or joy), blow an alarm, make a joyful noise, shout for joy, sound an alarm
Samach
to brighten up, cheer up, make glad, make merry
Sameach
blithe or gleeful, glad, joyful, making merry, hearted, rejoice
Sason
cheerfulness, welcome, gladness, joy, rejoicing, mirth
Shabach
to address in a loud tone, a loud adoration, a shout, proclaiming with a loud voice (unashamed), to glory, triumph, power, a testimony of praise
Shaown
uproar (as a rushing), destruction, noise, pomp, rushing, tumult
Shebach
adore, praise, to adulate
Shiryah
a song, singing, musical song
Suws
to be bright, cheerful, be glad, make mirth, rejoice
Taga
to clatter, slap hands together, clang an instrument, to become bondsman by hand clasping, blow a trumpet
Teruwah
an acclamation of joy or a battle cry, clangor of trumpets, sounding of an alarm
Zammar
an instrumental musician, singer
Zemar
instrumental music
Zemirah
a song to be accompanied by instrumental music
Zimrah
a musical piece, song to be accompanied by an instrument, melody, psalm

Phew!!!! Go for it wholeheartedly!!!!

3 comments:

  1. so many ways to praise our God, its brill that we are not restricted... we can praise him in some many ways, i hope alpha went well...

    ReplyDelete
  2. My only possible response is "Praise Him!".
    Well done for getting this all typed. Think I would need a year to get this all down.
    I'm off to find my timbrel, harp and lute!!!

    ReplyDelete