Tehillah: (8416) (pronounced teh-hil-law') Praise (Ps.22:26; 48:11; 51:17); hence a song containing praise.(from laudation, a hymn) A hymn (Ps.22:4; 66:2; 145:1); To sing Halel (see below) To get carried away in singing to the Lord. Also to sing harmony. Praise of God in the Highest. The highest form of praise. The power of God explodes in our midst. Unity and agreement in the Spirit being expressed through Tehillah. You cannot sing Tehillah if not agreeing with each other.
Psalms 22:3: But Thou art Holy, O Lord, that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Psalms 145: (The Tehillah of David.)
Psalms 100:2: Serve the Lord with Gladness, come before His Presence with singing.
He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen. (De. 10:21).
Yet Thou art holy, O Thou who art enthroned upon, (who inhabits), the praises of Israel. (Ps. 22:3).
In Tehillah we express High praise – to sing and laud (Ex.15:11; II Chr.20:22; Ps.22:3; 33:1; 34:1; 35:28; 40:3; 65:1; 71:14; 100:4; 106:2; 145:1; 147:1; Isa.42:10; 61:3.
This praise differs from the rest of the praise expressions in that while other realms of praise involve faith, this word literally implies that God has responded to that faith, and literally inhabits, and is enthroned in the midst of tehillah. Then we see Him not just as a Father and Friend, but “…glorious in holiness, and fearful in praises” (Ex.15:11). We see that our God is a consuming fire and requires reverence and godly fear (Heb.12:29).
There is coming to the church an understanding, not only of the goodness and love of God, but also the severity of God (Rom.11:22). Tehillah is singing our halals. It is used in Psalms 221:3 when we read that God inhabits (sits enthroned on) the praises of His people. God manifests Himself in the midst of exuberant singing. When He inhabits this praise (He always honors faith with some response – as we enter in by faith, we now know His presence – this is a certainty), there is no way that we will be able to stand smugly in our own greatness and righteousness and ‘chatter’ thoughtlessly before Him.
“Praise is comely for the upright” (Psalms.33:1). As God inhabits our praise, we will be changed into His likeness (Ps.17:15) and will show a comeliness of countenance. Battles will be won in the midst of tehillah (2 Chr.20:22). Great evangelism will result from tehillah. (Psalms.40:3). In 2 Chronicles 20:22, when Israel began to sing and to praise, God set ambush on their enemy. This refers to a special kind of singing. It is singing, unprepared and unrehearsed songs. This expression of praise brings tremendous unity to the body of Christ.
Other references to tehillah are found in (Psalms 34:1, Psalms 40:3 and Psalms 66:2). “Praise waitheth for thee, O God, in Zion…” (Psalms.65:1). Sometimes we cannot go ‘leaping’ into other expressions of worship until we have ‘waited’ in this realm of praise and knowledge of God. Before you go on from here, learn to wait in tehillah and know His voice.
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