The Names of God


The Names of God

            “ To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to love God and to devote the will to the purpose of God” – William Temple.

Today we hear so many words used in worship and by varied worship leaders, but do we quite know what they all mean;

Over the years I have researched some of these words used and found more as well, so in this article we will look at some of these words.


Barak-to kneel or bow, to Bless, to give reverence to God as an act of adoration, continual adoration unto God.

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

Guwl-to spin around, under the influence of heavy emotion,

Psalm 32:11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Psalm 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; It shall rejoice in his salvation.


Hallal-to praise, to make a show or rave about, to glory in or boast upon, to be clamorously foolish about your adoration of God

Psalm 22:23 You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify him, and fear him, all you offspring of Israel!

Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips.

Ranan-to creak, to rejoice, to shout aloud for joy

Psalm 33:1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.

Psalm 98:4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.

Shachah-to depress which means to prostrate in homage or loyalty to God, bow down, fall down flat

Psalm 29:2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to his name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Psalm 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

Shuwr-to sing, singer (man or woman) to move or to stroll ministrelsy,

Psalm 18:49 Therefore I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name.

Psalm 33:3 Sing to him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

Psalm 144:9 I will sing a new song to you, O God; On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to you…


Tehillah-to sing hallal, a new song, a hymn of spontaneous praise glorifying God in song

Psalm 40:3 He has put a new song in my mouth — praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.

Psalm 149:1 Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints.


Todah-an extension of the hand, avowal, adoration, a choir of worshipers, confession, sacrifice of praise, thanksgiving

Psalm 50:14 Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.

Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Be thankful to him, and bless his name.


Machowl-a round dance, dancing

Psalm 30:11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness…

Psalm 149:3 Let them praise his name with the dance; Let them sing praises to him with the timbrel and harp.

Jeremiah 31:13 13 “Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together; For I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow.”

Shabach-to address in a loud tone, a loud adoration, a shout, proclaiming with a loud voice (unashamed), to glory, triumph, power, a testimony of praise, care free, not a worry.

Psalm 63:3 Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you.

Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. 

Zemar-instrumental music

Daniel 3:7 So at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music, all the people, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Daniel 3:10 You, O king, have made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the gold image…



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