Psalm 146-150 all begin with the same phrase, \”Praise the Lord\”. It\’s the word Hallelujah. Which is actually a conjunction of the Hebrew words, Hallelu & Jah. Jah, of course, is pronounced \”yaw\” and is a reference to Jehovah or the Lord. Hallelu though is another story. This is from the word Halal, which is one of the words for praise which carries deeper than just acknowledgment for accolades; it\’s not what is said, but more to the point how it is said.
From Strongs Exhaustive Concordance, the word \”halal\” means, \”make boast self, celebrate, commend, deal, make, foolish glory, give light, be make; A primitive root; to be clear (orig. Of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify — (make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool(- ish, -ly), glory, give (light), be (make, feign self) mad (against), give in marriage, (sing, be worthy of) praise, rage, renowned, shine.\” To make a boast, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish… these words are just an easy way to say that we are to \”act a fool\” when it comes to what God has done for us and on our behalf.
Watching last night\’s NBA finals game between the Warriors and Cavaliers, I watched as from beginning to end the arena was filled with celebration and confidence. The Warrior fans weren\’t concerned about being behind or missing shots, they knew that the team had been in this situation before and they had pulled through time and again to victory. They continued to cheer and shout and dance and celebrate the entire time, even causing one of the players to move to the center court and encourage them to continue with even louder and more clamorous noise. They thrived off of the echoes of shouting and the louder the crowd got, the more intense and better the team played/performed. There is something about praise that stirs and electrifies the atmosphere and creates a faith-filled expectation of victory.
This is exactly what the Dr. ordered in the Psalms! Celebration assured that God has done and will do with consistency the things necessary to bring about provision and victory over fear! If we were wise, we would count the things that God has done for us and lift up a clamorous praise, acting foolishly in boasting of the Greatness of God. He is SO AMAZING!!! We shouldn\’t because the songs tell us too, we should shout because HE IS FAITHFUL; because of His UNFAILING LOVE; because He is WITH US!
The shout is an expression of praise for remembering the greatness of our God. David knew what he was saying when his last words of Psalm 150 is for everything that has breath to make a clamorous and foolish noise that boasts in celebration of God and Goodness!