Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Yadah Yadah Yadah

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

9th January 2011

You’ve probably heard of the phrase ‘yada yada yada’.

It’s a bit like ‘blah, blah, blah’ and is often used when something spoken or written is predictable, repetitive or tedious.

I hope that’s not the case when we come to worship God as a community of believers, for our worship should never be predictable, repetitive or tedious. In other words it shouldn’t be ‘yada yada yada’.

Interestingly, according Strong’s Hebrew dictionary, the Hebrew Yadah has the meaning to: “cast out, make confession, praise, shoot, give thanks”

It derives from the word ‘Yad’ literally, to use (i.e. hold out) the hand; physically, to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively, to bemoan (by wringing the hands), make confession, praise, give thanksgiving.

Yadah then means to willfully throw your hands up to praise, make confession, and give thanks, all of which are important componants of worship.

The throwing up of our hands

‘In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy’. (1 Timothy 2:8 New Living Translation)


‘Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name’. (Heb.13:15)


‘Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD "—and you forgave the guilt of my sin’. (Psalm 32:5)


‘Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever...give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things’. (Psalm 107:1, 8–9)

All of these elements are brought together beautifully in Psalm 28.

‘To you I call, O LORD my Rock …Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, [confession] as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place [throwing up our hands] …Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy. [praising] The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. [thanksgiving] The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation …Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever’. (Psalm 28 1, 2, 6–7, 8, 9)

Our worship should never be ‘yada yada yada’ but it should be ‘Yadah Yadah Yadah’.

Have a good week worshiping our God.

Pastor Barry

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