Praise as jubilation (from halal). This Hebrew word halal, found more than 160 times in the Old Testament, is in most cases translated as praise, and gives us the idea of celebration, singing, shouting, boasting, and jubilation. Whereas praise as thanksgiving is more personal and specific, this kind of praise is more universal, and is used more in public worship. In fact, this praise gives us the idea of a grand celebration where all the saints are present, if not in body, in spirit. And isn’t that what our praise should be? —A celebration of God and all He means to us and has done for us. It is as a grand party with all the saints and with God who is the focus of our joy. At this party we sing and shout and boast of how good and how great and majestic He is. It is a party where not only humans are invited, but all of His creation. The Psalmist writes in Psalms 148,
1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise Him in the heights!
2 Praise Him all His angels; praise Him all His host!
3 Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all stars of light!
4 Praise Him, highest heavens, and the waters that are above the heavens
5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for He commanded and they were created.
6 He has also established them forever and ever; He has made a decree which will not pass away.
7 Praise the LORD from the earth, sea monsters and all deeps;
8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His Word;
9 Mountains and all hills; fruit trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle; creeping things and winged fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and virgins; old men and children;
13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven.
At this party there is much singing (Ps. 149:1), much gladness (Ps. 149:2), and the making of beautiful music to the Lord. In Psalms 150:3-6 the Psalmist writes,
3 Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with harp and lyre.
4 Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; praise Him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!