A Hebrew Word for Praise – ‘Tehillah’

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

‘Tehillah’ means to sing a spontaneous or unplanned song of adoration and thanksgiving. 
Brice Tabor


Hi, I’m Brice Tabor, author of the book, Behold: Experience A Lifestyle Of Intimacy With Your Creator, and I’d like to welcome you to God Today. Today’s Hebrew word for praise that we are looking at is ‘tehillah.’ ‘Tehillah’ means to sing a spontaneous or unplanned song of adoration and thanksgiving. 

This word isn’t found as often as some of the other Hebrew words of praise, however, it is used most frequently in the Psalms. And I’m super excited to share with you some of the scriptures in which this word is found, because they’re such powerful verses. And I believe there’s another powerful truth hidden in the letters of the words,‘tehillah,’ which I’ll reveal after we look at the following scriptures. Let’s jump in. Psalm 34:1, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 35:28, “And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.” Psalm 51:15, “O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall show forth your praise.” Now this last verse I’m going to share with you is key for us today, because I believe it helps point out some of the hidden meaning in the word ‘tehillah.’ Psalm 119:171 says, “My lips shall utter praise for you teach me your statutes.” Keep that in mind now, as I tell you the meaning of each root letter in the word ‘tehillah.’’ 

The meaning of the four letters are seal, breath, teaching, and breath. We know in the New Testament that we are given the seal of the Holy Spirit. So with that in mind, we could say that  ‘tehillah’ means the Holy Spirit’s breath teaches breath. So in our worship, in our saying, Lord, we want to,  ‘tehillah’ and praise you spontaneously, the Holy Spirit comes in and breathes his breath and teaches us how to utter praise properly. That’s what the Holy Spirit does, isn’t that amazing?

All right, friends, let’s pray. Holy Spirit, we recognize that you are the breath inside of us, the seal on our hearts, and you are teaching us how to praise you all the day long. You are showing us how to have your praise continually in our mouths. You are the one opening our lips and causing our mouths to show forth praise. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for teaching us your ways of how to bring glory to the Son and by giving glory to the Son, we bring glory to the Father. Hallelujah and Amen.