Ways to Praise - Tehillah | Pastor Mike Fortune | October 5, 2019


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  1. Hymns (Way to Praise So Far; Psalm 100:1-4; Prayer of Praise; Psalm 22:3; Psalm 40:3; Definition; Quotes; Colossians 3:16; Revelation 5:9; Ephesians 5:18-19; Quote; Matthew 26:26-30)

All Scriptures from NLT unless otherwise indicated


Ways to Praise

hands up [yadah]

praise dance [halal]

instruments galore [zamar]

worship not worry [towdah]

kneeling [barak]


Psalm 100:1-4
1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. 3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise [תְּהִלָּה tehillah]. Give thanks to him and praise [בָּרַךְ barak] his name.


Prayer of Praise (with Dave Case including Keith and Charlene Barr)


Psalm 22:3

3 You are holy, enthroned on the praises [תְּהִלָּה tehillah] of Israel.


Psalm 40:3

3 He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise [תְּהִלָּה tehillah] to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.


Tehillah תְּהִלָּה

A song of praise. A hymn. A new song

- Chris Tomlin & Darren Whitehead, Holy Roar, p.84 (cf. Robert L Thomas, Tehillah תְּהִלָּה Word #8416, New American Standard Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries: Updated Edition (Anaheim: Foundation Publications, 1998), #.


Quote - Why Were Hymns Bad?

John Bunyan‘s attempt to introduce hymns resulted in the split of his own church. In 1691, after his death, the church finally reached a compromise. Those consciously opposed to the hymn could either sit through the hymn singing in silence or remain in the vestibule until that portion of the service was over. - Steve Miller in The Contemporary Christian Music Debate, p.120


Quote - Why Were Hymns Good?
My own experience is that when I first became a Christian, about fourteen years ago...I disliked very much their hymns, which I considered to be fifth-rate poems set to sixth-rate music. But as I went on I saw the great merit of it. I came up against different people of quite different outlooks and different education, and then gradually my conceit just began peeling off. I realized that the hymns (which were just sixth-rate music) were, nevertheless, being sung with devotion and benefit by an old saint in elastic-side boots in the opposite pew, and then you realize that you aren’t fit to clean those boots. It gets you out of your solitary conceit. - C.S. Lewis, “Answers to Questions on Christianity,” in God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics, ed. Walter Hooper [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970], pp.51–52.


Colossians 3:16

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.


Revelation 5:9 (Scripture Reading)

9 And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation."


Ephesians 5:18-19

18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.


Washington Missionary College

We are glad that we came to Washington a year ago, and spent some time here. We are thankful to the Lord that we know how the work started. I remember how, when we were living in the Carroll House, near the water-tower, the workmen would come over at half-past five every morning for a season of prayer. As often as I could, I met with this little company, speaking encouraging words to them. I felt so thankful that they would take the time every morning to seek the Lord. At these meetings we had singing and prayer, and a short Bible study. Sometimes several prayers would be offered, and earnest testimonies would be borne. We had evidence that the sweet Spirit of God came in among us. And the one who had charge of those working on the school land said that he had never had a company of workers who were more willing and ready to do all that it was possible for them to do. When I heard this, I thanked God. - Ellen White, Review & Herald, May 25, 1905.


Matthew 26:26-30

26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, 28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. 29 Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” 30 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.