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?
As I took to heart this exhortation from these Psalms, I felt encouraged by the Lord to put this into practice and invite others on this journey with me for a brief season. Therefore, for the next seven (7) days, I’d like to invite you to join me in making a boast of our Lord. Paul affirmed this in 1 Corinthians 1:31, quoting Jeremiah 9:23-24, in saying that we should only glory in the Lord. He continues with that theme in 2 Corinthians 11 and 12 in several passages as well. So, both the Old Testament and the New affirm this principle of “boasting in the Lord.”
In our day, communication occurs in a variety of ways. We speak verbally with others. We write messages, blogs, letters, tweets, and posts on social media. We make videos or podcasts of our communications. All of these are valid forms of communication to pass on those messages that we would like to share.
For the next seven days, I’d like to challenge us to use any and all of these methods for one specific purpose: To Boast in the Lord! You might ask, “How can I do that?”
The simple answer: Use your FB posts, your personal talks, your video tapings, your audio communications, and your written words in some way to testify about the Lord Jesus Christ at least once per day. Remember some way or time (which you would not hesitate to share with others) in which God has blessed you, kept you safe, provided for a need, or answered a prayer. Then, use whatever channel you choose to boast in the Lord by telling it to others. In this way, we accomplish two things:
Who knows if what you might share may be just what someone needed to hear that day. It may encourage their faith. It may strengthen them in a time of weakness. It may resonate with a similar time in their lives, which might result in their praise joining yours.
The Bible speaks to us about using our channels of communication for blessing, not for evil. It speaks about using our words wisely and letting our communication be seasoned with grace and wholesomeness.
What better way to obey these instructions than to use our words to give praise to our great God? He is worthy of such praise continually. Who knows? Perhaps this challenge may spur us into a regular daily routine where we will consciously “Hallel Yah” every day. And, if so, that would be quite alright as well.
Join me beginning Monday, June 12, 2017 through Sunday, June 18, 2017. Let’s use our words however we normally communicate to reach those around us with sincere praise to our God! Let’s make Him the star of our show! Let’s make the True Father shine to others as we tell of His goodness and glory! Let’s turn the spotlight on Him by boasting in Him!