Greetings from Pastor Bob and The Encouraging Word. It seems like it has been a long week hasn’t it? I ended up getting sick and had to spend a day down. It was no fun, that’s for sure. I have also come to understand that there are a lot of people in need of prayer for healing today. I hope you will join with me in lifting them up in prayer. I also want us to pray for my good friend Diane, who is on the mission field in Guatemala. And, well, I guess we all have a lot to be praying for. But one thing for sure, we have a God who is able, exceedingly, abundantly able. So no matter what the circumstances in your life, know that you can fully trust in the LORD. Not only will He see you through, but you will be stronger, and the victory has already been won.  Remember the Proverb that tells us to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not upon your own understanding.” God will make a way where there does not seem to be a way. Don’t give up and don’t give in. The victory is right around the corner. Please join me now in Prayer.


Dear Heavenly Father, First of All LORD I ask you to forgive me of all my sins. I need you. I know that I can do nothing without you, but with you all things are possible. Create in me a new heart. Restore unto me the joy of my salvation. Fill me to the overflowing with your Holy Spirit. LORD I pray for every person reading these words and praying this prayer that you hear their heart’s cry and not only meet them right at the point of their need, but give them an overabundance of blessing that they will not be able to doubt that it is you that supplies their heart’s desires. LORD I pray for our men and women in the Armed forces that you keep them safe and give them peace and joy and let them know how much they are loved. I pray for the United States of America, that we truly would be One Nation Under God.  Let the left and the right come together for what is right and good and work together to bring you glory. I pray for the world leaders that they would seek you and hear from you, and listen and follow your guidance. I pray for our local officials and the fire fighters and police. LORD we need you. Let your presence be known throughout the world and let there truly be peace on Earth, good will towards men. Now LORD we want to lift up to you our friends and loved ones who need a healing touch. You are the God that Heals and so we turn to you and ask that you give our love ones health and strength and vitality and peace. I lift my wife and ask that you continue to heal her body. I lift my mother who now has this cold or virus or what ever it is that has been going around. I lift before you Amy and her family. Her boy friend is in the hospital and desperately needs a miracle. There are many who really need nothing less then a miracle today. LORD you are the God of the miraculous. We lift them before your throne with all thanksgiving. And we think you right now and call that which is not as if it is. I also want to pray for financial help. You know the ones struggling just to make ends meet. LORD, help us to live our lives in health, peace and prosperity and above all with your never-ending, everlasting love. We give you our lives and ask you afresh, to come into our hearts, being LORD of every area of our lives. We make ourselves living sacrifices that you might be glorified in us and through us, in Jesus Name Amen


Thank you for your continued prayerful support. I am so excited about what is happening with the web site. If you don’t know, we are now doing live web casts of our services. You can watch us live simply by going to the website and clicking the link to the live web casts. Go to:


Soon, hopefully this week, maybe by the end of the day,  we will be able to archive the services and you will be able to stream it any time of the day or night. Right now you have to catch us at our service times which are: 11:00 Am and 6:00 PM on Sundays and 7:00 PM Wednesday Night. That is all Eastern Standard Time. As you know we are a very small church and all of this technology and computer equipment and software is not cheep. If you can help us out by sending in a gift of any size, it would not only help us financially but it will let us know that what we are doing is serving and meeting your needs. You can send your letter to the church at:


Interbay Community Church

4308 Euclid Ave.

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OK……………. Now what do you say we Get into the Word!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Praise Him!


(Psalms 117 KJV)  O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.


Today I want to reveal to you a secret that if you get even a glimpse of its truth and apply it to your daily life, your life will be magnificently improved. I believe it will positively effect your health, your relationships, your finances, your emotions your entire life. And it is as simple as one word; “praise.”  


Today we are actually going to be looking at seven words, that have been translated as praise and in them we can learn how to praise. Having studied so many different religions and taken part in many different services, from Catholic Mass, to the great Russian Orthodox services and then to United Methodist, both large and small congregations, from the wonderful Jewish Synagogue  worship to  Baptist and Pentecostal and Nazarene and you name it… every one has different ways of praise. For one person is it is quiet reflection, to another it is with loud and fast music. For one it is with the old Hymns for another it is with a good Contempory Chorus. No matter what your style or preference, the more you praise the better you feel.  Too often, some of us spend far too long in between times of praise. And I am afraid to suggest that some reading this really have absolutely no idea what praise is to even begin with.


I want to start by giving you seven words in Hebrew that have been translated as praise. As we look at these words you will be able to see how there really is a lot more to praise then what you might have been accustomed to in your religious upbringing. Too often we all get stuck in the rut of our upbringing and are either too afraid to try anything different, or not really interested, or just think that other people are strange, or we just don’t care. All I am suggesting is that you stretch your praise. Press forward to that high calling. Reach out. Stir up the gift within you. Fan the flame a little. It really is all about Him. And the more you praise Him the more you enjoy all He has to give. So let’s just quickly look at these seven words then we will talk about how we can have a deeper life of praise.


  1. Yadah-to use, hold out the hand, to throw (a stone or arrow) at or away, to revere or worship (with extended hands, praise thankful, thanksgiving)






The first word translated praise in the Torah is “Yadah.”  This is the type of praise that you can actually see someone do. Wow, now for some that  is going to take boldness. Strange how people can go to a concert or a show and lift their hands and light lighters and sing and shout, but will not even consider doing anything like that in worship.


Yadah is a spontaneous lifting of your hands in worship. It is the reaching out and reaching up to the Father. A friend of mine was looking for a new church to go to after he moved here in Florida and went to a large church and during the praise and worship he raised his hands and said “Praise the LORD.” An usher politely came up to him and tapped him on the shoulder and told him, “We don’t praise the LORD here.”  I think too many people are just a little too uptight to praise the LORD. And if you are too up tight to praise the LORD, then you are just too up tight.


Psalm 33:2 Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to him with an instrument of ten strings.

Psalm 61:8 So I will sing praise to your name forever, that I may daily perform my vows.

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



2.     Halal -  is a primary Hebrew root word for praise. Our word "hallelujah" comes from this base word. It means "to be clear, to shine, to boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish."




This is the original “hallelujah.” One word understood in almost every language. Literally it means to ‘Praise Jehovah.” But the word praise is also a root word that we get our word hilarious from. This type of praise is an outward expression of joy. You really can’t say “hallelujah” without saying it with feeing. The word itself inspires a boost of enthusiasm.  Maybe that is something we all need to work on, getting enthusiastic about the things  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 44:8 In God we boast all day long, and praise your name forever. Selah

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


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





This is where the singing comes in. I know that I have to be careful now, because I want to say something that could be taken wrong and end up sounding heretical. But do you know how you feel when you are really enjoying a piece of music that you like? Personally, I am a classic rock kind of guy. Some people like country, some like the old hymns, some like classical music…. Whatever music “puts you there.” That is the spot that I am talking about. It is a spot of joy and peace and reflection and it could be any kind of music. I believe that God created music for praise. I believe that God is in the praises of His people. Now where that gets difficult is with the rap and hip hop and lyrics that definitely do not honor God.  I think music, like so many other things in life has been hijacked by man to praise himself rather then God. We need to return to the original purpose of song and that is to get us into the presence of the King of Kings.

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

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.


  1. Barak-to kneel or bow, to give reverence to God as an act of adoration, implies a continual conscious giving place to God, to be atuned to him and his presence






This is actually one of the first Hebrew words I ever learned. It is in the Shema, which begins in Deuteronomy 6:4…

(Deuteronomy 6:4 KJVA)  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

(Deuteronomy 6:5 KJVA)  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.


The words used to express “love the LORD” are “barak shem,” or praise His Name. It is actually the whole idea of real worship. When we can get to this place of real conscious understanding of the very presence of the one true living omnipotent God loving us right here in our very presence we can do nothing less then praise Him.


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

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

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

  1. Zamar-to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument i.e. play upon it, to make music accompanied by the voice, to celebrate in song and music, give praise, sing forth praises, psalms





This is where I really can not understand how some churches and religions do not allow musical instruments in there worship services. When did God ban praising Him with instruments. Everywhere I read in the Bible it tells us to praise Him with everything we have within us and with all our gifts and talents and to make a joyful noise unto the LORD.  Don’t be afraid to make some noise in your praise. Now, I do understand that my type of praise and your type of praise might be different, but don’t let that stop you from praising Him. Praise Him with your country style, Praise Him with your Hip Hop beat. Praise Him with your Rock and Roll. Praise Him with your Classical symphonies. However you enjoy music let it be to the praise of the KING.

Psalm 66:2 Sing out the honor of his name; Make his praise glorious.

Psalm 71:22 Also with the lute I will praise you -- and your faithfulness, O my God! To you I will sing with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.

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...

6.     Shabach
Shabach means, "to shout, to address in a loud tone, to command, to triumph."




This really tells me that praise is loud! Since when have you always been so quiet? Especially for all you football fans. We really need to know that we can get excited about the things of God. Praise him loud! SHOUT TO THE LORD! It is the effectual fervent prayer that gets heard. Praise Him like you mean it.

Ps 47:1
O clap your hands, all peoples; shout (shabach) to God with the voice of joy (or triumph).

Ps 145:4
One generation shall praise (shabach) thy works to another and declare thy mighty acts.

Isa 12:6
Cry aloud and shout (shabach) for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Other references:
Ps 63:1-4

Ps 35:27
Ps 106:47

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





I am reminded of the old stage performers at the end of their acts spreading out their arms with a great big smile and saying “Tohday!!!!” That is the type of feeling this praise gives. It is the praise of 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.

Now I want to wind this up with the conclusion of asking you how your praise life is. Looking back over these seven different ways of praising God, how much do you really praise Him?  One thing I know for sure, the more praise you give the more you will get in return. You can not out give God in any way. Praise Him with your voice, praise Him with your song, praise Him with your music, praise Him with your every breath. Do not be afraid to praise Him out loud. Do not be too shy to lift your hands in praise. Do not be too timid to let Him know how your really feel. Do not be too proud to praise.


God bless you my friend;


Pastor Bob