How to Praise God in Hebrew

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Praise can often be misinterpreted and misunderstood. But God intended for praise to express His heart and worth.

Hallal (haw-luh) is the primary Hebrew term for praise, meaning to boast or exaggerate about God to the point of looking foolish.


Hallel is an act of worship; more than simply praise! When we praise Him, He receives everything that comes our way and deserves every piece of our praise! When we worship Him with all that’s in us, the more transformation will take place; strongholds crumble and chains break as our praise becomes a declaration of His glory!

Elohim is the biblical term for God, appearing frequently throughout Scripture. This plural noun acts as a singular verb when applied to Israel’s God but can refer to non-Israelite deities, powerful individuals or judges (see Exodus 3:4) – this name comes from Ugaritic word lhm meaning gods or magistrates.

The Hebrew word for God, known as Elohim or Lord in English translation, can often be found used interchangeably with other names for God in both Old and New Testament Scripture. When using this name you acknowledge His authority over all things, suggesting there is one supreme being who controls and moderates all natural forces within our universe.

Mal’achei Elyon

Hebrew worship features the highest form of praise known as hallelujah as an exclamation to God that can be found at the end of Psalms or Jewish prayer services. This word, composed by combining “halal,” which means to praise, with Yahweh–which Jesus used when calling on people to come unto him and be free. Using it should also become part of our vocabulary whenever experiencing God’s presence!

When we praise and worship God with such praise and glory-focused worship, powerful forces begin to fall away: strongholds fall, chains break apart, darkness leaves us. Worship that transcends time and space is an effective weapon against Satanic attacks.

The Bible exhorts us to praise God for his amazing achievements on Israel’s behalf, particularly by cataloguing His works throughout history: He saved his people; delivered prisoners; destroyed enemies. Yet these are just surface elements of true praise: real praise comes deep within, has music in it, and surpasses any simple mouthful.


Hallal is the Hebrew word for praise, a strong and expressive term meaning to shine or boast, while also translating as rave. Imagine someone at a sports game screaming their hearts out for their team – only here it’s for God instead!

Hebrew praise words include zamar and tehillah, with the former meaning to sing or play an instrument in praise of God and/or clap one’s hands in thanks. Tehillah refers to singing praise of God with all people as a collective sound – often used when celebrating victory over enemies by Psalmists.

Halelu-yah occurs 42 times in the Bible as an amalgamation of two Hebrew words and can be translated as “Praise the Lord.” Additionally, this phrase serves as the name for a section in Sefer Tehillim known as Hallel Psalms that praise God for freeing Israel from Egyptian captivity under Moses; some scholars even suggest Jesus and His disciples sang these hymns on Maundy Thursday as part of their Passover service!


Malachi is the final chapter in English Bible’s Old Testament Prophets section and also serves as God’s last message to humanity, warning them that He cannot forgive their sins forever and warns that there will come a day of judgement in which Elijah-like messenger will arrive before Him to bring this day about.

God sent Malachi to a people who had misplaced their focus of covenant with him, instead being more preoccupied with their circumstances than taking responsibility for their own sinful deeds. Through an interactive question-and-answer format, Malachi brought their focus back on track by covering six themes and issues through question-answer dialogues.

The final verse of the book impels us to join all living creatures in singing praise to our Creator; He gave them life; therefore they must praise Him! This message runs throughout Scripture. Interestingly enough, seven Hebrew words for praise each have different meanings and purposes to help worshippers connect more closely with Him during worship services – these word definitions provide a useful study tool that may deepen your connection to Him through your worship service.


God is often referred to in the Old Testament as Adonai. This Hebrew term for Lord or Master conveys an idea of rulership or dominion, just as King David was called “my adon,” or Lord in Daniel 1:10. Adon is short for “adon,” an old word used for rulers such as kings (Daniel 1:10), military commanders (2 Kings 5:1) and teachers or mentors such as in Genesis 24:5 when Sarah made an oath oath in Genesis 24:9. Sarah even made reference to her husband Abraham being her adon (her Lord or lord!) when she made her oath in Genesis 24:9.

Many Jews today do not pronounce God’s name as Adonai but instead refer to Him by its Hebrew acronym of YHWH; many pious Jews however may substitute HaShem instead when speaking and praying about God from within their religion or Scriptures.

One way that people can praise God is by raising their hands in worshipful adoration. This practice, known as towdah praise, originates in Hebrew as towdah (which literally means to extend one’s hand out in adoration or surrender). You may have seen this practice seen throughout Psalms of the Old Testament book of Psalms. Unlike other forms of praise, towdah praise doesn’t need to be solemn or formal in nature.


Elohim is often used to refer to gods, but the Bible also uses it for God himself. In fact, several times in the Old Testament refers to their God using this plural term; when used this way it refers more broadly to all creation.

Some individuals mistakenly believe that the plural noun “elohim” indicates multiple gods; however, this view is incorrect because biblical text does not support such claims. Instead, it points towards one single God with distinct traits and qualities.

Elohim, or great ones, refers to divine beings who inhabit the spiritual realm and exist outside of the Trinity. This includes angels, demons and humans. Elohim are part of a heavenly council that provide wisdom while serving as judges over humanity and other lifeforms on Earth; therefore it should come as no surprise when Psalm 82 mentions elohim; this psalm describes them as corrupt beings who will also eventually perish like humans.

El Shaddai

El Shaddai means, “God All-Sufficient.” When we praise Him, it should be with an understanding that He provides all your needs and gives strength for any trials or temptations that come your way. Joseph was an example of this principle – even in difficult circumstances he found strength in God by trusting and praising Him; through his faith he managed to overcome them all with great ease.

The seven Hebrew words for praise reveal different aspects of God’s nature and power, with powerful gods often inspiring more praise than those with loving hearts alone. If that is your experience then feel free to praise your Heavenly Father as much as you please!

El Shaddai derives its name from ‘Elyon,’ or heavens, and can be translated to Almighty; however, according to biblical dictionaries it would be more accurate to refer to him as All-sufficient instead. Grammatical scholars also observe that his name may also be seen as a play on words as its root word is also the Hebrew word for breasts – suggesting he may also represent God’s omnipotence through this name.

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