Philosophy View of Yadah Praise
Yadah is a Hebrew WORD with a root meaning “to throw” or “the extended hand, to throw out the hand”; therefore, “to worship with extended hand”. Eventually it also came to denote:
Songs of praise
To lift up the voice in thanksgiving
To tell forth and confess his greatness
Psalms 43:4, II Chronicles 20:19-20 is the yadah type of praise.
Lifting your hands is almost always equivalent to a Yadah (whether literally or figuratively), especially when listening to music. When you Yadah to music, you are worshipping the creator/source of the music.
Biblical View of Yadah Praise
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord. Psalm 134:2 KJV
Yadah is another word frequently used in praise and worship services. It holds some of the same meaning as Todah praise but has some substitute differences. It primarily refers to the using or holding out of ones open hands in reverence while worshipping, recognising how unworthy we are to receive many blessings and benefits of God.
Power is often associated with Yadah paise thus open hand. Yadah is seldom used in the environment of an individual worship but mostly in an environment of group worship, example when a group of worshippers are renewing their vows or relationship to God. Yadah praise is the type of praise often used.
Yadah was first seen in Genesis 29:31- 35 in the plight of Leah. The Bible narrates a pitiful story of a marriage built on the deceit. Jacob the Patriarch known as his trickery was ensured by the very vice, he himself was guilty of. He is trickled by his father-in-law into marrying Leah the sister of his intended bride, Rachel. When God sees that Jacob loved her not, he opened her womb allowing her to conceive. She gave Jacob four sons in a futile attempt to try to win his love, but Jacob was fixed and intoxicated with the love of his life Rachel. Leah eventually focuses her attention on God and names her fourth son which interpret (praise)
And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.
And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore, was his name called Levi.
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.
According to worshiparts Yadah is used almost exclusively in the Bible to mean praise and thanksgiving. Yadah occurs 114 times in the Old Testament and nearly 100 of those occurrence translated to mean praise or thanksgiving. Oh, give thanks (Yadah) to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16:34.
There similarities between Yadah praise and Todah praise they can carry the connotation, children of making confession for sin as it is also translated “confess or confession” Yadah praise strangely enough carries an additional meaning of physically throwing a stone or an arrow at or away from something
Raising our hands in Yadah to the Lord is probably one of the ways to praise God we’re most familiar with, seen either in our own churches or sermons or that you see on television.
It’s simply doing just like Psalm 63:1 says. We’re raising our hands in praise, worship, and surrender to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.