Ways to Praise - Halal | Pastor Mike Fortune | August 17, 2019


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  1. Praise dance (Psalm 149:1-5; Halal; Leviticus 23:3-4; Isaiah 56:6-8; Psalm 149:2-3; Psalm 22:1,7-8,16,18; Psalm 22:22-31; Psalm 109:21-26,30-31; Psalm 109:30 NIV / NKJV; Ecclesiastes 3:1-2,7,4; Quote; Deuteronomy 31:12; Quote; Psalm 150:1-6; Luke 15:20-28; Psalm 30:11; Philippians 4:4; Acts 3:8)

All Scripture from NLT unless otherwise indicated


Psalm 149:1-5

1 Praise [הָלַל halal] the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful. 2 O Israel, rejoice in your Maker. O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King. 3 Praise [הָלַל halal] his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp. 4 For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. 5 Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.


Halal הָלַל 
To boast. To rave. To shine. To celebrate. To be clamorously foolish.
- Chris Tomlin & Darren Whitehead, Holy Roar, p.32 (cf. James Strong, Halal הָלַל 

word #1984, A Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek New Testament and The Hebrew Bible, Volume 2, p.33)


Leviticus 23:3-4

3 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of complete rest, an official day for holy assembly. It is the Lord’s Sabbath day, and it must be observed wherever you live. 4 In addition to the Sabbath, these are the Lord’s appointed festivals, the official days for holy assembly that are to be celebrated at their proper times each year.


Isaiah 56:6-8

6 I will also bless the foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord, who serve him and love his name, who worship him and do not desecrate the Sabbath day of rest, and who hold fast to my covenant. 7 I will bring them to my holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices, because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations. 8 For the Sovereign Lord, who brings back the outcasts of Israel, says: 'I will bring others, too, besides my people Israel.'


Psalm 149:2-3

2 O Israel, rejoice in your Maker. O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King. 3 Praise [הָלַל halal] his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp.

Psalm 22:1,7-8,16,18

1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? 7 Everyone who sees me mocks me. They sneer and shake their heads, saying, 8 “Is this the one who relies on the Lord? Then let the Lord save him! If the Lord loves him so much, let the Lord rescue him!” 16 My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet. 18 They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing.


Psalm 22:22-31

22 I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise [הָלַל halal] you among your assembled people. 23 Praise the Lord, all you who fear him! Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob! Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel! 24 For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help. 25 I will praise you in the great assembly. I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you. 26 The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the Lord will praise [הָלַל halal] him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy. 27 The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him. All the families of the nations will bow down before him. 28 For royal power belongs to the Lord. He rules all the nations. 29 Let the rich of the earth feast and worship. Bow before him, all who are mortal, all whose lives will end as dust. 30 Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord. 31 His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything he has done.


Psalm 109:21-26,30-31
21 Deal well with me, O Sovereign Lord, for the sake of your own reputation! Rescue me because you are so faithful and good. 22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is full of pain. 23 I am fading like a shadow at dusk; I am brushed off like a locust. 24 My knees are weak from fasting, and I am skin and bones. 25 I am a joke to people everywhere; when they see me, they shake their heads in scorn. 26 Help me, O Lord my God! Save me because of your unfailing love. 30 But I will give repeated thanks [יָדָה yadah] to the Lord, praising [הָלַל halal] him to everyone. 31 For he stands beside the needy, ready to save them from those who condemn them.

Psalm 109:30 (NIV)
30 With my mouth I will greatly extol [יָדָה yadah] the Lord; in the great throng of worshipers I will praise  [הָלַל halal] him.

Psalm 109:30 (NKJV)
I will greatly praise [יָדָה yadah] the Lord with my mouth; Yes, I will praise [הָלַל halal] Him among the multitude.


Ecclesiastes 3:1-2,7,4

1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. 7 A time to be quiet and a time to speak. 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. 


The Desire of Ages, p 463

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” When He spoke these words, Jesus was in the court of the temple specially connected with the services of the Feast of Tabernacles... 


Deuteronomy 31:12

10 At the end of every seventh year, the Year of Release, during the Festival of Shelters, 11 you must read this Book of Instruction to all the people of Israel when they assemble before the Lord your God at the place he chooses. 12 Call them all together—men, women, children, and the foreigners living in your towns—so they may hear this Book of Instruction and learn to fear the Lord your God and carefully obey all the terms of these instructions.


The Desire of Ages, p 463

...In the center of this court rose two lofty standards, supporting lampstands of great size. After the evening sacrifice, all the lamps were kindled, shedding their light over Jerusalem. This ceremony was in commemoration of the pillar of light that guided Israel in the desert, and was also regarded as pointing to the coming of the Messiah. At evening when the lamps were lighted, the court was a scene of great rejoicing. Gray-haired men, the priests of the temple and the rulers of the people, united in the festive dances to the sound of instrumental music and the chants of the Levites.


Psalm 150:1-6

1 Praise [הָלַל halal] the Lord! Praise [הָלַל halal] God in his sanctuary; praise [הָלַל halal] him in his mighty heaven! 2 Praise [הָלַל halal] him for his mighty works; praise [הָלַל halal] his unequaled greatness! 3 Praise [הָלַל halal] him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise [הָלַל halal] him with the lyre and harp! 4 Praise [הָלַל halal] him with the tambourine and dancing; praise [הָלַל halal] him with strings and flutes! 5 Praise [הָלַל halal] him with a clash of cymbals; praise [הָלַל halal] him with loud clanging cymbals. 6 Let everything that breathes sing praises [הָלַל halal] to the Lord! Praise [הָלַל halal] the Lord!


Luke 15:20-28

20 And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ 22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. 25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’ 28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in."


Psalm 30:11

11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, 12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.


Philippians 4:4

4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!


Acts 3:8

Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.