Today we have a good example of the “parallelism” that accompanies so much of Hebrew Poetry. Psalm 66:2 is short but didactic in this area.
The nations of the earth are being urged to: “Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.” God’s Name, His Praise!
What a choir that will be!
I can hear them singing. John did too, from the vantage point of Bible prophecy. “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10
The parallelism of which I spoke is found in two words in our Psalm 66:2 line. Really a double line of thought.
Sing forth the honour of His Name …
Make His Praise glorious!
Two verbs in each half, “sing forth” and “make.” In Hebrew “zamar” (to play an instrument) and “sum” (to appoint, ordain, mark).
Then a twofold use of the concept “honour!” The noun “kabod” being used in each case. That which is “heavy, weighty” in one’s estimation! Something you think a lot of, highly value!
Everything here “hinges” on the NAME of the Lord!
The noun “praise” comes from the Hebrew “halel” stem. As in Hallelujah! It means “to shine!” Then “to brag, boast” in our Lord!
And as you know, the “name” of the Lord includes all He is, all His Attributes, His Essence, His very Character, in all His Beauty!
This is worship, indeed.
Let us today, each of us, try to do this very thing.
“Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.”
Sing of Him!
Think upon Him!
— Dr. Mike Bagwell