Bible Study for Ministry, Christian Women, and The Pastor's Wife ~ I Am Glad, Part 7
Psalms 9:1-2. "(To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.) I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High."
I do not know Hebrew nor Greek. The truth is, I have trouble with English, but speak my native tongue - which is Texan - very well. That being said, I have to rely on people who speak the language to translate for me. One of my trusted Hebrew and Greek scholars is James Strong who produced Strong's Concordance in 1890 which is probably on the shelves of the majority of ministers in the United States, either physically or electronically.
My original question was this: Was the praise in verse 1 the same as the praise in verse 2? Much to my surprise, they are not the same word at all!
The praise in verse 1 is yâdâh, pronounced yaw-daw' and it is: "A primitive root; used only as denominative from H3027; literally to use (that is, hold out) the hand; physically to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively to bemoan (by wringing the hands): - cast (out), (make) confess (-ion), praise, shoot, (give) thank (-ful, -s, -sgiving)."
From that definition, we are to lift our hands to God like throwing a stone when we praise Him!
However, praise in verse 2 is a different word: zâmar, pronounced zaw-mar'. "A primitive root (perhaps identical with H2168 through the idea of striking with the fingers); properly to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument, that is, play upon it; to make music, accompanied by the voice; hence to celebrate in song and music: - give praise, sing forth praises, psalms."
From this definition, we are to sing and play a musical instruments as we praise Him.
What to sing? Did you read yesterday's post? Be still and know Him by praising Him the way He wants to be praised!.
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
Linda L Culbreth