God is deeply possessive of worship and jealous, zealous and passionate for His praise, but do you know why? Because worship the primary way God connects with you. If God was willing to have His own Son sacrificed in order to build a bridge across sin to get to you, why would His passion for connecting with you be any less fierce? The fact is that many people misunderstand the point of praise. Praise and worship were created by the Lord as a way to facilitate a deeper, more unique connection with you- Spirit to spirit. There is a unique spiritual dynamic to each form of praise the Lord designed and each has a different expression and purpose, but of the seven Hebrew words for “praise” used in the Bible, “Tehillah” is the only one the Lord ever refers to with absolute possession.
The loves all forms of praise and worship, and has designed different types of worship to connect with you on different levels, and even for different reasons. That is what the “Seven Hebrew Words for Praise” are all about! Because gratitude is the point of origin for all worship, your praise and worship will always begin with thanking God for the things He has done and for who He is. However, the expressions of that gratitude will look different as you minister to the Lord at different times.
Tehillah Praise is His Tabernacle
“Tehillah” praise is the type of worship that is spontaneously sung to God in moments of gratitude, written from your spirit, unique in that moment, and based on what God has done specifically for you. This is also what the Bible calls a “new song” to the Lord. Psalm 40:3 says, “And He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise (“Tehillah“) to our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”
Tehillah praise is the type of worship that is spontaneously sung to God in moments of gratitude, written from your spirit, unique in that moment, and based on what God has done specifically for you.
When you begin to praise the Lord with a spontaneous, spirit-led song of the Lord, you create an atmosphere for the power and presence of God to move in a new way. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to sound amazing. Your words don’t have to rhyme. Open your spirit and sing “Tehillah” praise to the Lord from the deepest places within you. Psalm 22:3 says that God creates His dwelling place within “Tehillah” praise– He is comfortable within your spirit’s praise! Within “Tehillah” the Spirit of God desires to pour into your spirit in a more dynamic way because the words are your own. Your words are deeply personal and intimate, expressing thanksgiving for what He has done for you, specifically. That’s where the real power of praise is!
And to add power to power, in fact, Lord IS “Tehillah“, according to Deuteronomy 10:21, which says, “He is your praise (“Tehillah“), and He is your God, who has done for you these great and fearsome things which your eyes have seen.” But what does that mean? God IS “Tehillah” because His miracles for you are what you’re singing about! God doesn’t bring peace, He IS Peace. He doesn’t send healing, He IS Healing. God doesn’t share His love, He IS Love. God IS a rock, a strong tower, the One we can call to and He will bend down and listen. Thanksgiving opens the gates of God’s presence where you can enter into His dwelling place- and that is the beginning of praise. But when you “Tehillah” praise the Lord, you create a place for Him to dwell with you- and that is something entirely different!
Thought for today: The Song of “Tehillah” Praise Never Uses the Same Lyrics
Every time you spend time singing a “new song” to the Lord, a “Tehillah” to Him, you’re writing a brand new song in that moment. Sound hard? It’s not if you’re thankful for what He has done for you! God is always working! There is always something to praise Him for. It’s great to sing praise and worship at church, but those songs were written by someone else! “Tehillah” praise is exclusively yours and the Lord can’t wait to hear it!! In Psalm 34:1 David said that “Tehillah” would “continually” be in his mouth. In Psalm 40:3 David said that when “Tehillah” praise is sung, “many will hear it and put their trust in the Lord.”
You were created to praise Him, but more specifically Isaiah 43:8 says, “This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise (Tehillah).” That’s YOU! Stir up your spirit and recall memories of what He has done, specifically for you and then open your mouth and sing about it to Him! You’re building a tabernacle of praise to Him with your worship, and in His presence is everything you need to obtain victory in all areas of life, and then write another new song!
Learn more about “Tehillah” Praise
- LIVE Devotional Teaching: “Tehillah Praise Builds a Tabernacle for the Lord”
- “The Victory Horn”
- “Your Praise Proves that Your Hope is Truly in God”