There are seven major Hebrew words used for praise and a very interesting one is the word ‘ZAMAR’. It has musical connotations that cover both singing and its accompaniment by musical instruments. The word literally means: ‘to pluck the strings of an instrument, play upon it; to make music, to celebrate in song and music, to sing praise.’ When praise is expressed vocally using musical instruments, God has given us a special word to describe it, namely ‘ZAMAR’.


It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your loving kindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night, On an instrument of ten strings,
On the lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound (Psalm 92:1-3).
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God (Psalm 147:7).

Sing to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of a psalm, with trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King (Psalm 98:5-6).

The word ‘ZAMAR’ is found in the following scriptures under the following English words. Praise: (Psalms 57:7; 108:1; 138:1) Sing Praises: (Psalms 9:11; 18:49; 27:6; 47:6, 7; 92:1; 108:3; 135:3; 144:9; 146:2; 147:1; 149:3) Sing: (Psalms 30:4,12; 33:2; 57:9; 59:17; 61:8; 66:2,4; 71:22,23; 75:9; 98:4,5; Isaiah 12:5) Sing Psalms: Psalms 105:2.


The Greek word for psalms is ‘PSALMOS’ meaning ‘to twitch, twang, to play on a stringed instrument (celebrate the divine worship with music and accompanying songs), make melody, sing (psalms).’

Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19).

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16).

God loves to hear the songs of the redeemed making melody in their heart or accompanied with musical instruments. God certainly created music for us to enjoy, but more for Himself to receive as an expression of worship.


Although God encourages the use of musical instruments the greatest instrument that He longs to hear is your voice singing from a heart that is fixed on Him. Use the following scriptures to sing to Him. Psalm 108:1, Psalm 138:1, Psalm 33:2, Psalm 71:22, Psalm 98:5, Psalm 144:9, Psalm 149:3.

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