Nuggets on Different Types of Praise
Philosophy View of Shabach Praise:
To address in a loud tone
Biblical View of Shabach Praise:
O clap your hands, all ye people, shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Psalm 47:1 KJV
Shabach derives from the Hebrew Shawbakh which means to address in a loud tone, to command, glory, excel and praise. Shabach praise can be seen in the following scriptures:
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. Psalm 63:3 NIV
Cry out, “Save us, God our Saviour; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.” 1stChronicles 16:35NIV
According to (Strong’s) the word ‘Barak’ means to kneel and bless God as in an act of adoration, It also means salute, praise, congratulate and adore. When you adore God in this way with the ‘Barak’ praise, it is prudent to wait on him expecting him to minister to you through the presence of the Holy Spirit as many worshippers have often felt God minister to them during this time.
Barak is the commencement of God’s reaction to our adoration and worship. He uses this quiet waiting on him to speak to his people. It is therefore vital that we remain in his presence and do not try to hurry God, as he cannot be hurried. His timing is perfect, and therefore it is us as believers who must learn to wait on him. In the Bible the word ‘Barak’ is also used in referring to people blessing people as well as blessing God and is sometimes used in referring to God blessing his people.
Examples of scriptures where Barak is demonstrated:
He also said, blessed be the Lord, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant. Genesis 9:26AV
Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to take the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Genesis 24:48AV
Tehillah is another dimension of praise that needs to be mentioned. It relates to a song or hymn of praise. The root word from which it is derived means ‘laudation’. It speaks of praiseworthy eminence or value of a person or a thing. When these types of songs are given to worshippers, they are given in Holy Spirit. No one else can take the credit for them but God as he gives utterances straight from the throne room above. What else do we need to attest the authenticity of the Holy Spirit working through us.
Say also: “Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.1st Chronicles 16:35 ESV
Tehillah praise is a praise God is not willing to share with anyone. It is reserved for him and him alone.
I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Isaiah 42:8NIV
He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes. Deuteronomy 10: 21NIV
So important is the Tehillah praise to God that he is willing to hold back his fury in order to receive it.
For my own name’s sake, I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise, I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely. Isiah 48:9NIV
The ‘star of the morning’ in this verse refers to Lucifer, now called satan, “Morning star” being translated from the word (Heylel). Another word that could be used to describe him would be brightness. It was attention- grabbing, when you consider that satan who was the director of the worship auxiliary in heaven, took the attributes of his character that reflected praise, brightness celebration, and boosting them in the direction of himself rather than God. The reverence he once had for the Lord was turned to pride and self-worship. It is from this all of sin ultimately stems. It is important for worshippers to also remember the purpose of worship and to whom worship is directed, never allowing our boasting in the Lord to be turned Into any kind of performance that takes glory away from God
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Isiah 14:12-14
Let us continue to sing praises to our God.