Give Thanks to YHWH for He is Good and His Mercy (Chesed) Endures Forever. (pt.1)

Introduction

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever" ~ Psalm 107:1

This is the first of a three part study on this particular scriptural phrase quoted six times in the Old Testament. Part one begins with a study in the Hebrew word for "thanks".

The Hebrew root word for thanks as used in this portion of scripture is the Word "Yada".

When we hear the word "thanks" we commonly think of simple appreciation or gratitude.

"Gesenious' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon defines this particular Hebrew word for thanks in a more assertive, active, and expressive definition such as to cast forth, throw, point out with the hand, show by extended hand, profess and confess.

the three letter word pictograph for "thanks" shows us some interesting insights and agrees with this definition.

Yod, Dalet, and Hey are the three Hebrew letters that make up this word.

Yod - Hand

Yod the first letter of the word we are studying, is a picture of a hand, and images an intentional action, deed, or behavior indicating that thanks is something that is deliberately expressed.

I can't help but think of how intentional and deliberate the Psalmist was when he spoke to His own soul and instructed it to praise and bless the Lord. He wasn't passively waiting for a feeling to come over him.

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, blessHis holy name! ~ Psalm 103:1

"I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shallcontinually be in my mouth" (Ps. 34:1)

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The visual given in the definition is that of something thrown out there for all to see and pointed out, This letter indicates to us that thanks is about intentionally, expressively and deliberately pointing out the goodness of God. Hands lifted high could be considered an outward expression of this inward reality.

I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. ~ Psalm 63:4

The hand throwing also images for us that what comes out of our mouths in the form of profession and confession is being thrown out "there".

God tells us in Isaiah 55:11 that His words go out and accomplish things. I believe that ours do to, for good or for bad, and may be the reason that Jesus said...

every idle word men may speak, they will give account of ~ Matthew 12:36

when we confess or proclaim something our words are sent out into the atmosphere accomplishing what they are sent to do. In this respect we might see that words are things. Hosea chapter 14 verse 2 images this for us in saying...

"Take with you words, and turn to the Lord"

There are three Hebrew words that I find interesting in reference to this topic. They are

  • Palal (pey, lamed, lamed) means to pray
  • Qalal (koof, lamed, lamed) means to curse or diminish, and
  • Halal (hey, lamed, lamed) means to praise.

Each word involves the use of our mouths as well as examples for us the "things"that come out of them. When using the Hebrew word picture concepts, whenever there is a double letter, as seen in these three words, it denotes something that is perpetual. A great example of this is displayed in the Hebrew word galal (gimel,lamed, lamed) which means to roll, as discussed in my previous Hub "Bless and Knee" it is discussed how gimel is imaged by a camel who exhibits a rolling behavior. We therefore have a picture of the continuous action of a camel rolling in the word galal. The letter lamed is a imaged by a picture of a shepherd's staff and can be a reference to teaching or authority. So in these words we see that authority is perpetually going forth in various continuous actions.

In the case of Palal. The pey is imaged by a picture of a mouth. Therefore we can see that our prayers are a picture of our mouths going forth in perpetual authority.

O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise ~ Psalm 51:15

In the case of Qalal, Koof is a picture of the back of a head and can indicate what is behind or least, or even moving backwards. So here we see that this can mean that to curse some one is like the authority of our words going forth that make people less than, behind others, or even move them backwards perpetually.

the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature... ~ James 3:6

And in the case of praise Halal, we see a window of revelation. When God is revealed to us perpetual praise is the result. In keeping with the double lamed symbolizing authority, we see the revelation of Him going forth carrying authority.

For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations ~ Isaiah 61:11

All of these words indicate that our words for good or for bad are actual things that come out of us and go out into the atmosphere and have authority.

out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” ~ Matthew 12:34b-37

Dalet - Door

Dalet the second letter is depicted by a picture of door carrying the concept of a way into or out of.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4

Thanks is way into and invitational to the presence of God.

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Hey - Window - Revelation

Hey the final letter of the this Hebrew word for thanks is a picture of a window symbolizing revelation. when used as a suffix hey can signify what comes from. Ahey on the end of a word changes the gender of a noun to feminine and symbolizes the idea of the noun being described as having the capacity to give birth according to Rabbi Daniel Lapin.

The word Yod without the hey is literally "hand". So the Word Yada comes with the idea of what is coming from the hand.

Yod being represented by the hand also indicates works and can be symbolic in this verse of being thankful for what God has done.

O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds? ~ Deuteronomy 3:24

When we tie these concepts together we can see that to yada is much more than being grateful. It means to confess Him, profess Him, and what He has done out to all, to throw it out there, and cast out there what has been revealed to us, that He is good!! and His covenant love is forever!

Let His covenant deeds of love and goodness be revealed in our giving of thanks. May our extended hands symbolize our confessions and professions that He is good and His mercy (Chesed-loyal covenant love) will never end. He is faithful in all He does.

It is in this activity that we give birth to the knowledge and revelation of His goodness to all. It is in thankfulness and praise of all that He is and all that He has done that we bear fruit for Him.

Conclusion

wrapping this up once again with the idea of yada. We see that what comes out of our mouth is very similar to the action of throwing something from our hand. The things we throw from our hands are very real just as are the words that come forth from our mouth have substance and accomplish things for good or for bad.

May we be so aware and full with the knowledge and revelation of His goodness and covenant love that we cannot help but speak of the things which we see and hear from Him. (acts 4:20) and may we also be deliberate about what we say and do, proclaiming His goodness and giving birth to the knowledge of His greatness in all we say and do.

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

A BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL, hub calling for the praise for our God of which He is worthy. He is GOOD and His MERCY endures. What divine LOVE!!

"May we be so aware and full with the knowledge and revelation of His goodness and covenant love that we cannot help but speak of the things which we see and hear from Him. (acts 4:20) and may we also be deliberate about what we say and do, proclaiming His goodness and giving birth to the knowledge of His greatness in all we say and do." AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

Peace in Him,

Forever His,


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Rev Lady for reading. yes! yes! He is worthy of our praise.

I love Paul's prayer that we would be able to comprehend the dimensions of His love and be filled with the fullness of God in eph. 3 I think it is in the abundance and overflow of these things that we can't but help give him thanks and praise.

Bless you!


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank Tarmarajo. for a very awesome and profound hub, I agree with the statement about good fruit and bad fruit. Keep up the good works. Godspeed. creativeone59


His daughter 6 years ago

Thanks, Tamarajo. Great hub. If I remember right, isn't Yada one of the Hebrew words (to throw out the hand) in connection with praise? That is another interesting study...the various Hebrew words for praise which indicate different ways we can praise our God.

God bless.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you for your comment CreativeOne you are correct what comes from is produces fruit good or bad.

His daughter...yes yada is also translated as praise in some verses and sometimes it is translated confess. Glad you know some Hebrew you can keep me in line : )

and yes that would make an interesting study about the different Hebrew words for praise. I will keep that in mind.

Bless you!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

Awesome hub, sister! I had to chuckle, just a bit, when I thought of the show "Seinfeld" (notably Jewish) and his use of the words, "Yada Yada Yada"!! lol ~ he was praising God, after all! And your teaching about Qalal, that moves someone perpetually backwards ~ there are days I wonder if the enemy doesn't attempt to do such a thing, in that I've often felt like my "wheels are turning backwards today". This awareness has built my faith for "forward" speaking and Yada living! You're such a blessing!!


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

You have blessed us yet again! It fascinates me how the letters are pictures that capture the essence of the meanings of these words. You are masterful in shining light on them! Up and awesome!


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Judah's Daughter, interesting you bring that up yada also means "I know" only it is spelled differently. There is an ayin at the end rather than a hey. (that could make an interesting study as well.) so anyways when they are saying yada yada yada they are saying I know I know I know.

So glad you were blessed by the revelation. : )

Hi Fred. thanks again. Whatever He reveals is precious to me as well.


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goldenpath 6 years ago from Shenandoah, Iowa, USA

Great hub! I'd love to see a few more text links but aside from that great information. We should all be grateful to that power that is greater than us - God, in whatever form each of us chooses.

Thanks!


Shelle 6 years ago

As always my friend you speak to the very heart of what ails me most. My mouth and what it brings forth. I appreciate so much God's timing. YADA. in my reading of this. I have been so frustrated lately and been forgetting to PRAISE him and THANK him for everything. It seems that what I write comes out good but my mouth has other issues. So the thought of leaving ones hand in praise to him warms me and the rest reminds me of how I should wait patiently before opening my mouth. Let all that I do become a praise and a testimony to him. Let nothing but Thanks for his grace and mercy upon my life flow from my mouth..


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Goldenpath, thank you for stopping by. I am new to the hubpasges thing and was flagged for having too many links on one of my hubs. So I have been a little shy about it. I am trying to familiarize myself with how it all works. I truly appreciated the input and will work on including more links...bless you!

Shelle thanks for checking out my hubpages. I run into the same trouble sometimes. I think one key is filling our hearts with the word, the knowledge of Him and His ways. Out of the abundance of our heart our mouths speak. I think that is what this revelation is about, being sincerely moved in our hearts by comprehending who He is in all of our situation and circumstance. I need to remind myself of this often. I think complaining is the exact opposite we exalt a problem over the power of God and throw out there things that may move things backwards instead of forward. I like how Paul called faith a fight because sometimes thats what it is. To consider God in the midst of trying situations to thank and praise rather than complain is a daily battle for me Which makes this revelation helpful to me as well.


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Benjimester 6 years ago from San Diego, California

That's very cool. I love the threefold combinations. It's like a box of chocolate. You never know just what you're going to get :) I like that thanksgiving is an action and not just a passive state. It encourages me to do more.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Threefold seems to be common in biblical themes. 3 symbolizes things that are dimensionally complete, solid, real and substantial. I like this because it is like the three fold revelation of the Hebrew roots give each word a dimension we did not see before.

Another great reason to give Him thanks and praise.

Thank you for stopping by.


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

Tamarajo, I really do like what you have wrote. Excellent work. I am once again pleased that I have stopped by.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you for coming by again tinamarie blessed by your visit and encouraging comment.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

AMEN! AMEN! Wonderful Hub Tamarajo!!!!! Voted-Awesome!!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you drpastorcarlotta thank you for the encouraging comment,visit, and your vote. Blessed by it as always.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Great hub which presents great thoughts to ponder on. Truly God's mercy and love endure forever. This love and mercy is never diminished by our failures and weaknesses. He is steadfast in loving us. Thank you for sharing these timeless truths here at Hubpages. I wish you a blessed day today. Best regards.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Cristina, So true that His mercy is not diminished by our failures and weaknesses. May our hearts be always full of gratitude for that. That out of the abundance of gratitude in our heart it will come out of our mouth.

Blessed to have you stop by comment on the article. Blessings to you too.

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