Physical Expressions of Praise

Praise not only implies the voice to sing songs that honor the attributes of God, but also involves the use of additional body language. Among the physical expressions of praise are:

  •     Standing up
  •     Clapping
  •     Marching
  •     Dance
  •     Laughing

Let see each of them in light of the Word of God.

Standing up

In the same way in all countries of the world, people stand up when singing the national anthem as a sign of respect for national symbols, we show our respect for God when we worship in a vertical position, ie standing on our feet.

2 Chronicles 20:19: And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

Revelation 7:9,10: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.


When an artist or athlete has an outstanding performance, we celebrated applauding. The act of clapping is an expression of joy, delight and approval. Many musicians and singers consider the audience’s applause as the best prize or trophy. When we welcome God, we are expressing our appreciation for His wonderful achievements.

Psalm 47:1: O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

Isaiah 55:12: For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.


Marching is part of routine military training used as a physical expression of victory. When the people of Israel, under the command of Joshua marched around Jericho praising his God, as ordered, the result was a complete victory.

Joshua 6:2-5: And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.


Dance is the most demonstrative of physical expressions of praise. It requires the use of the whole body. It involves a total and complete abandonment of our own inhibitions and shame as we obey God and dance before Him with all our strength. If we enjoyed dancing he music of our favorite singer or group and we drive crazy, why not do it for God with the same intensity?

Psalm 149:3: Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

2 Samuel 6:14: And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.


When we praise God, we are  filled by so great expression of joy in the Lord, that the only way to express it is through laughter. When we practice the holy laughter in the presence of God, we can get healing and deliverance. Laughter truly is a genuine manifestation of our inner joy.

Psalm 126:2: Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.

Job 8:20,21 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers: Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.

Blessings for everybody.


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