If Just a Little Closer to God! I am excited to take this next step with you in our blog series on the seven BIG words for Worship. Last time I asked you to begin considering what our Sunday morning atmosphere would be like if each one of us approached worship with what we can contribute and not just what we can receive. From the front row to the back row, there is an opportunity for everyone to contribute, especially if we have a better understanding of what it means to express ourselves in worship. In this new series, we are looking at the seven key Old Testament words for worship. Each word describes a different expression of worship participation and reminds us that our God is completely worthy of our worship.
Here in our second edition, we find a word that most of us put into action without knowing it. It is the Hebrew word, “Yadah,” occurring 111 times in the Scriptures. The word means to throw up your hands with great passion and enthusiasm. Literally, it describes you being so overcome with excitement that you instinctively raise your hands to the sky with an exclamation of victory.
This expression is very common at weekend sporting events, but the writers of Scripture were not describing the excitement of recreational sports. They were describing a feeling of passion about God and a desire to be closer to God. “In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise (“yadah”) your name forever” (Psalm 44:8)! Whether it is reaching out to Him or declaring your victory through Him, the expression of “yadah” is excitement and passion extending to the very tips of your fingers. If it brings you just a little closer, it is ok to reach up! -Jason