Tehillah – Part 1

The last couple of blog posts have been about a powerful form of praise called halal. Halal means “to shine” “to praise, boast, be boastful.” You can read about that HERE and HERE. Today I want to start talking about the musical version of halal, which is called tehillah. It means, “praise, song of praise.” The connotation of it is singing a new song before the Lord – either singing a spontaneous/prophetic song or singing a song to the Lord with a fresh perspective, not just doing it out of religious duty.


This. Is. Powerful. Try it. It doesn’t matter if you’re musical or not, lift up a joyful noise to the Lord. Let it be passionate and from your heart! Let me tell you, whenever I’m in a funk I start doing this and within seconds to minutes the joy of the Lord is coming out of every single pore of my being. Have a meeting that your nervous about or a difficult situation to deal with? Try doing halal or tehillah beforehand. You will be amazed as you see the Lord’s hand go before you and create a clear path for you to walk out, as well as the amount of favor that is on you.

Besides all of the benefits, it’s FUN! It is a great time to praise God in complete abandonment and let a song of praise erupt from your mouth, or instruments, or body for that matter. It’s what we were created to do, and therefore it is the place we feel most complete. Honestly the book of Psalms is filled with it. Let’s take a look at some of those verses shall we? :) The bold is where tehillah is used in Hebrew text.

Be gracious to me, O Lord!
    See my affliction from those who hate me,
    O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
that I may recount all your praises,
    that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
    I may rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 9:13-14

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will perform before those who fear him.

Psalm 22:25

I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 34:1

As your name, O God,
    so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with righteousness.

Psalm 48:10

Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
    give to him glorious praise!

Psalm 66:1-2

Pretty cool huh! There are a ton more scriptures like this. What I love about these verses, is that tehillah was used in all kinds of circumstances. Sometimes it was because things were amazing, other times it was because King David was literally running for his life. The thing about God is that regardless of our circumstances He is still worthy of praise, on fire praise. In fact, it is usually that act of giving Him praise that brings the needed breakthrough. He is worthy of praise because He is always good – unchanging in a world of change. The Lord is forever loving, faithful, kind, generous, good-natured, patient, etc. That in and of itself warrants unrelenting praise.

So my encouragement today is to do some tehillah praise. Do it on your way to/from work or through out your day. Allow yourself the freedom to look/sound a little silly and have some fun praising the Lord. Allow your self to passionately praise His holy name. Praise Him with everything that you have, and enjoy it! Next week we’ll dive a little deeper into this topic. Let me know how it goes :)

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