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      I Love My Oasis ~ Public Displays of Affection


      Col. 3:1-2 KJV

      If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

      Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.


      Feelings of Love and Attachment… The act of being AFFECTED


      How do we show Public affection for someone?

      • Words of Affirmation, Words of Praise, Touch – Woman with issue of blood, Caring – When you’ve done it unto the least of these, done it unto me, Kindness, Celebration, Giving… September 21st, Vision Offering!


      1 Chron. 29:3 AMP

      Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, in addition to all I have prepared for the holy house, I have a private treasure of gold and silver which I give for the house of my God:


      Why I love my Oasis is often described in the words, “Because I feel close to God.” Feeling close to GOD happens when a person or a group of people actively engage God by reaching for Him in uniquely affectionate ways.


      God is attracted to passionate, heartfelt, expressive Praise & Worship.


      What you elevate and celebrate is always a revealer of your

      Deepest love and greatest passions!


      Why is this important to us? When God is LOVED like this… The outcome!


      Psalms 97:5 NKJV

      The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.




      One moment in God’s majesty can melt a lifetime of

      Sickness and disease, hurts, habits and hang-ups!


      Mark 12:30 AMP

      And you shall love the Lord your God[a]out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your [b]life) and out of and with all your mind (with [c]your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. [d]This is the first and principal commandment.(A)


      This is the FIRST part of our MISSION Statement… LOVE GOD!!!


      James 4:8 NLT Come close to God, and God will come close to you…


      You won’t feel God unless you’re near God… And you initiate the Nearness!


      How do we come close??? 


      The 7 Hebrew words for Praise… Attracting God!


      When reading the Psalms, it is important to note that there are several words translated into English as "praise," 


      Psalm 145:2-3

      2: "Every day I will bless Thee, and I will praise (HALAL) Thy name forever and ever."

      3: "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised (HALAL)"


      1. ZAMAR - ذمار 


      Zamar means, "to touch the strings" and is used harmoniously with instrumental worship. Psalm 57 is a perfect example of this kind of praise. 


      Psalms 57:8-9

      Rouse yourself, my soul! Arise, O harp and lyre! Let us greet the dawn with song! I will thank you publicly throughout the land. I will sing your praises among the nations.




      2. TEHILLAH - تحيلا 


      Tehillah simply means, "to sing, to laud." "God is enthroned on the praises (TEHILLAH) of Israel" (Ps 22:3). This is the kind of praise that God dwells in. 


      3. HALAL - حلال 


      Our word "hallelujah" comes from this root. It means, "to be clear, to shine, to boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish." To Praise and Love God with your entire being!


      Psalms 106:1 AMP

      Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!


      4. BARAK - براك 


      Barak means, "to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration." When used in the scripture it implies, "expecting to receive a blessing from the Lord."


      Psalm 95:6 -- "O come let us worship and bow down; let us kneel (BARAK) before the Lord our maker."


      5. YADAH - يدا 


      Yadah is a verb with a root meaning, "the extended hand, to throw out the hand, to worship with extended hands."


      Psalm 63:4 -- "Thus I will bless Thee while I live, I will (YADAH) lift up my hands in Thy name"


      • This kind of Praise and Affection wins battles… Moses Exodus 17 Amalekites Aaron & Hur… 
      • II Chron 20:19-21 Jehoshaphat when under attack let forth a lifting of hands in expectation of victory!


      6. TOWDAH - تودا 


      Towdah literally means, "an extension of the hand in acceptance." It is used for thanking God for "things not yet received" as well as things already at hand.


      Psalms 26:7 AMP

      That I may make the voice of thanksgiving heard and may tell of all Your wondrous works.


      Jeremiah 30:19 MSG

      Thanksgivings will pour out of the windows; laughter will spill through the doors. Things will get better and better Depression days are over. They’ll thrive, they’ll flourish. The days of contempt will be over.




      7. SHABACH - شباخ 


      Shabach means, "to address in a loud tone, to commend, to triumph, to exclaim, glory, shout."


      Psalms 47:1 AMP

      O clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout (Shabach) to God with the voice of triumph and songs of joy!



      Applause, everyone. Bravo, bravissimo! Shout God-songs at the top of your lungs!


      Psalms 47:5 ESV

      God has gone up with a shout (Shabach), the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.