Teaching Series

7 Hebrew Words for Praise: “Yadah”

Yadah Praise

Scripture References:

  • Give thanks (yadah) to the Lord, for his loving-kindness is everlasting. (2Chr 20:21)
  • So I will bless thee as long as I live; I will (yadah) lift up my hands in thy name. (Ps. 63:1)
  • Oh that men would praise (yadah) the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men. (Ps 107:15)


Well, what a way to start of this series with a message like we had the other day, Amen!?! I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed reading the first message in this series as much as I enjoyed writing it. That very message is an example of why it’s so important to wait upon and trust the Holy Spirit when you’re operating in ministry. You never want to do anything in ministry without the anointing of the Holy Ghost…because when you do it with your own abilities…there’s no where near as much power as when you trust the Lord to lead and guide and anoint you to do what He wants…Amen

So, let’s see what the Lord would have to say to us today about this form of praise.

Today’s Message:Yadah

So, I know the first questions are the same ones we had yesterday. How in the world do we pronounce this Yadah word, and what in the world does it mean?

Yadah is a verb with a root meaning, “the extended hand, to throw out the hand, therefore to worship with extended hand.” According to the Lexicon, the opposite meaning is “to bemoan, the wringing of the hands.”

So, yadah is where we get the idea of raising our hands in praise and worship when we’re in church, in the car, in our homes, or wherever we may be worshiping God. In fact, just so you know what Yadah worship looks like…here’s a picture I found on Google that will help us with today’s message.

It just so happens that this picture is part of our Scripture References for this message. Psalm 63:1 says that “I will lift up my hands in thy name.”

I would like to take a moment to ask you when is the last time you made a decision to lift up your hands in the name of Jesus? I talked about this a little bit in the message I wrote the other day, and it’s coming back into my mind as we talk about Yadah today.

Why is it that when we’re watching our favorite football team on television we have no problem lifting our hands when our team scores a touchdown or kicks a field goal, but again when we’re in church some of us can barely get our hands out of our pockets?

Listen, like I said the other day. I am in no place to judge the way someone worships God. I realize that people come from different backgrounds, and maybe congregations where openly praising and worshipping God may be frowned upon. I’ve been in those places, and frankly I couldn’t really wait to get out.

Friends, I don’t know about you, but I know full well the work that God has done in and through my life since I made the decision to fully embrace Him and stop running from Him. So, when it’s time to praise and worship God…I can’t just sit on my hands and not allow myself to get clamorously foolish and raise my hands to worship Him whether I’m in church, at home, or in my car.

How many of you know that when we lift our hands to God that signifies two things. One, that we love God, and that we’re unashamed to worship Him. Two, it is a sign of our surrender to Him as Lord of our lives. When we lift our hands in praise, we’re affirming that we’re not ashamed of God nor to admit that we love Him, and we’re also confirming that we are surrendered to His Lordship over our lives.

Remember that Jesus said that if we’re ashamed of Him before men He will be ashamed of us when we stand before God at a time when the last place we want Jesus to be ashamed of us is when we’re standing before God. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Jesus to be ashamed of me when I’m standing before God. Therefore, raising my hands to Yadah Him is no problem for me to do.

How about you? Are you too ashamed to Yadah the Lord or are you like me? Are you unwilling to share that you’re surrendered to the Lord, or do you want the world to know that you realize you can’t do anything without Him?


Raising our hands in Yadah to the Lord is probably one of the ways to praise God we’re most familiar with seeing either in our own churches or sermons that you see on television.

It’s simply doing just like Psalm 63:1 says. We’re raising our hands in praise, worship, and surrender to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 16:24 (KJV)
Blessings & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer
Christlike Ministries NWA