Ways to Praise - Yadah | Pastor Mike Fortune | August 10, 2019


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  1. Hands up (Luke 24:50-53; Psalm 67:3; Yadah; Psalm 44:1-8; Psalm 145:1-10; Revelation 5:11-14; Nehemiah 8:1,6; Psalm 28:1-2; Psalm 63:4; Psalm 88:9; Psalm 134:1-2; Psalm 141:1-2; Psalm 143:4-7; Antidepressant Skills Workbook; Lamentations 3:41-42; 2 Chronicles 6:12-14; 2 Chronicles 7:1-2; Ways to Praise)

All Scripture from NLT unless otherwise indicated


Luke 24:50-53

50 Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. 52 So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. 53 And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.


Psalm 67:3
3 May the nations praise [יָדָה yadah] you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise [יָדָה yadah] you.

Yadah יָדָה

To revere or worship with extended hands. To hold out the hands. To throw a stone or arrow.

- Chris Tomlin & Darren Whitehead, Holy Roar, p.22


Psalm 44:1-8 (NIV)

1 We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago. 2 With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish. 3 It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. 4 You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob. 5 Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes. 6 I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; 7 but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. 8 In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise [יָדָה yadah] your name forever.


Psalm 145:1-10

1 I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. 2 I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. 3 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness. 4 Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. 5 I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. 6 Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness. 7 Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness. 8 The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. 9 The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation. 10 All of your works will thank you, Lord, and your faithful followers will praise [יָדָה yadah] you.


Revelation 5:11-14

11 Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. 12 And they sang in a mighty chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.” 13 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” 14 And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.


Nehemiah 8:1,6

1 All the people assembled with a unified purpose at the square just inside the Water Gate. 6 Then Ezra praised the Lord, the great God, and all the people chanted, “Amen! Amen!” as they lifted their hands. Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.


Psalm 28:1-2

[A psalm of David]. 1 I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. 2 Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.


Psalm 63:4

[A psalm of David, regarding a time when David was in the wilderness of Judah.] 1 O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. 3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! 4 I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. 5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.


Psalm 88:9

[A psalm of Heman the Ezrahite. A song to be sung to the tune “The Suffering of Affliction"]. 9 My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for your help, O Lord; I lift my hands to you for mercy.


Psalm 134:1-2 (*I will play this song on guitar and teach everyone to sing it)

[A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.] 1 Oh, praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, you who serve at night in the house of the Lord. 2 Lift your hands toward the sanctuary, and praise the Lord. 3 May the Lord, who made heaven and earth, bless you from Jerusalem.


Psalm 141:1-2

1 O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry to you for help! 2 Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering.


Psalm 143:4-7

4 I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. 5 I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. 6 I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Interlude. 7 Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.


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Lamentations 3:41-42

41 Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven and say, 42 “We have sinned..."


2 Chronicles 6:12-14

12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel, and he lifted his hands in prayer. 13 Now Solomon had made a bronze platform 71/2 feet long, 71/2 feet wide, and 41/2 feet high and had placed it at the center of the Temple’s outer courtyard. He stood on the platform, and then he knelt in front of the entire community of Israel and lifted his hands toward heaven. 14 He prayed, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion..."


2 Chronicles 7:1-2

1 When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple. 2 The priests could not enter the Temple of the Lord because the glorious presence of the Lord filled it.


Ways to Praise

  1. Silently (Habakkuk 2:20)
  2. Hands up for blessing (Luke 24:50-53)
  3. Hands up all peoples (Psalm 67:3) *yadah
  4. Hands up forever (Psalm 44:8) *yadah
  5. Hands up for all God's works (Psalm 145:10) *yadah
  6. Hands up with other believers (Nehemiah 8:1,6)
  7. Hands up for help (Psalm 28:1-2)
  8. Hands up for praise and prayer (Psalm 63:4)
  9. Hands up for mercy (Psalm 88:9)
  10. Hands up on your way to church (Psalm 134:1-2)
  11. Hands up for an offering (Psalm 141:2)
  12. Hands up for depression (Psalm 143:4-7)
  13. Hands up for confession (Lamentations 3:41-42)
  14. Hands up in the sanctuary (2 Chronicles 6:12-14; 2 Chronicles 7:1-2)