The Hebrew word used here for praise, “Hallel,” means to make a boast or a shining or a show of something. Considering this in its Hebrew language, it says, “Boast in (or make a shining or show of) Yah.” As a matter of fact, the phrase we understand as “Hallelujah” is technically, “Hallel Yah.” God’s covenant name, “YHVH,” derives from this shortened word, “Yah.” So, the One we boast about is the Lord.
The phrase “Praise the LORD” can be better understood in this light. To truly praise the Lord means that we are boasting of Him. We are making Him shine by declaring His excellence, His goodness, His awesome deeds. We are making a show of Him when we truly praise Him. He’s the star of our show, and the One we laud.
We humans constantly talk about something or someone, whether in a good way or not. Certainly, this is part of daily and normal life. But, could we stop for a brief period and focus on our great God? Could we think of how we can make a boast of Him? Can we remember His goodness to us in tangible ways and turn our spotlight on Him, by making Him shine in our communication?