I ran into a wonderful concept this morning as I was doing some homework on our retreat. I came across this verse:
The LORD is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father's God, and I will exalt him. - Exodus 15:2 ESV
We were given a number of verse to read, and as I was looking at this one, I wondered about the root for the word ‘praise,’ as I know there are many Hebrew words translated as such.
I first noticed that the KJV translates it
The LORD is my strength and song,
and he is become my salvation:
he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation;
my father's God, and I will exalt him. - Exodus 15:2 KJV
It turns out this word ,transliterated ‘navah,’ is defined as follows:
I - to beautify
(Hiphil) to beautify, adorn
II - to dwell
(Qal) to dwell, abide, keep at home
III - (Hophal) rest ~ Blue Letter Bible
So then the call of this verse is to make your heart a beautiful place for the Lord to dwell, by lifting His name and His glorious works in praise.
Lord, I pray you give me the words, thoughts and intentions that would invite and even entice your presence in my life today!.
See you again soon.