There is low praise and there is high praise. Low praise is doing it because somebody asked you to do it. High praise is doing it not because somebody asked you, but because something on the inside says I’ve got to praise the Lord no matter what situation I may be going through.

            Praise is a lot like the process of rain. For rain to form there has got to be moisture in the air. That moisture comes from the ground. When there is condensation on the ground and then the sun comes out and heats up the ground, it sends up a vapor which is where the word evaporation comes from. So if there is a little bit of vapor, there will be a little bit of rain or precipitation. But if there is a whole lot of vapor, there will be a whole lot of rain.

            The reason why some of us are wondering why God is not moving like He ought to is because we are not sending up enough vapor or praise. A little bit of praise, a little bit of blessing. A little bit of vapor a little bit of rain. A whole lot of praise, a whole lot of showers of blessings. A whole lot of vapor, a whole lot of rain.

            I am looking at this subject in this perspective. Some of us want to look at our problems using the telescope method. We can see it coming from miles away and we are trying our hardest to see how long it is going to be until it gets here. Some of us want to look at our problems using the microscope method. We have our problems and we want to see the details of it and we want to see where the source of the problem is and where it is taking root. Some of us are looking at our problems through a kaleidoscope. We can see our problems in so many ways that it has got us so confused and bumfuzzled that we don’t know where to turn.

            Here is what kind of scope we need to be seeing our problems through. It is called the praise scope. This is the scope that we see our problems through God’s eyes. Why? Because when we praise Him, we give Him our problems and He takes care of them. So here is what the praise scope is made of. It is made of 7 Hebrew words which all make up the praise scope.


Towdah - Thanksgiving, sacrifice of praise, confession. Psalm 100:4 - 4 “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:” Towdah means to sacrifice yourself and give God praises of thanksgiving. Romans 12:1- “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” This praise is actually something we are giving to God. Towdah, or thanksgiving, is a noun. This is the first of only two of the whole seven praises that make up the praise scope that is a noun. Every other praise is a verb.

Yadah - Hands to God, lifting your hands - action. Verb. Genesis 29:35 - 35 “And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.” Leah names Judah after physically praising God. She praised God through the praise scope. She looked at her problem through the praise scope. WHEN WE GET BEYOND OUR CIRCUMSTANCES, BEYOND OURSELVES, REACHING HANDS TO JESUS WITH THE ATTITUDE OF LOVE, TRUST AND AWE, THEN WE ARE GIVING YADAH TO THE LORD.

Barauch - bow or kneeling in submission to God, humble ourselves. James 4:6-7 -   6 “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” 1 Peter 5:5-8 - 5 “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” Each time we submit to God, we can resist the devil. Every time we humble ourselves before God, we can avoid the devil. So if we are having a problem and the devil has got a strong hold on us, then we can bow down, kneeling before God, submitting to God and humbling ourselves before him, then we are looking at our problem through the praise scope and we are avoiding the devil and all of the lies he tries to throw at us.

Shabach - shout. A loud adoration. A testimony of what God has done. A joyful to overflowing attitude. Psalm 47:1 - 1 “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” This is probably the easiest part of the praise scope. If we are looking at our problems, and we just begin to shout unto God with a loud, crying voice then He will take our problem, He will turn our sorrow into joy, our crying into laughter, and our tears into smiles.

Zamar - playing skillfully with instruments, singing. Psalms 33:3 - “Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.” 1 Chronicles 13:8- “And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.” This is the part of the praise scope that most of us like the most because it is more persuasive to get us to praise Him through our problem or circumstances.

Halah - to rave or boast upon the Lord. To be clamorously foolish. .

            Halah is to RAVE.

RAVE; "to talk wildly, as in delirium. “Someone who is delirious is in "a state of violent excitement or emotion. Frenzy. A more or less temporary disorder of the mental faculties, as in intoxication, characterized by excitement..."

            Paul, when he said to "be being filled with the Spirit," compared it to being intoxicated Ephesians 5:18 - 18 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”

            Again, when the people saw the disciples after they were baptized with the Holy Ghost, thought that they were intoxicated Acts 2:13-15 - 13 “Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.”

            RAVE: to express great [in an extreme degree] or extravagant [spending much more than is necessary; excessive; exceeding the bounds of reason; going beyond what is justifiable; unrestrained] admiration [to regard with wonder, pleasure, approval].

            Ravage - to do ruinous damage to; to devastate.

            We ravage the devil when we rave to God.

            Halah is to be CLAMOROUS. "A loud and continuous sound." Focused towards the Lord in raving, this would describe Halah.

Halah is to be clamorously FOOLISH.

            2 Samuel 6:14-16,20-22 - 14 “And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart. 20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! 21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. 22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.”

            When we Halah, rave or boast upon the Lord, are clamorously foolish before the Lord, we will be foolish in the eyes of the Non-Praiser and the Non-Christian.

7.         Tehillah - singing, shouting, dancing, glory, praise, song of praise, praiseworthy deeds. Quality or attributes worthy of being praised. Noun. To sing Halah. Words or songs describing God. Basically this last praise is the whole praise scope summed up into one praise. Psalm 100:4 - "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving (Towdah) and into His courts with praise (Tehillah)".  This is the second and final noun that is a part of the praise scope. It is a description and summary of the praise scope. So the next time we have a problem, issue, or circumstance, let’s not see if we can see it coming through a telescope, or look and try to find the details or the roots of it through a microscope, or just be so confused and dumbfounded when we look through it through a kaleidoscope, but let us look at our problems through the praise scope, and let’s praise God through all of our trials and circumstances and He will bring us through it if not out of it.