I have always sung songs with the word Hallelujah in it, but as I have been meditating on some old Marantha Praise band Album called Hallelujah, I was made to look closely at the word itself. I hope you find it a blessing as I have. Also refresh yourselves with the Marantha music.
Hallelujah and Amen are two words that are recognised in every language. Hallelujah is a remarkable word. In the Bible, it appears only in the book of Psalms; and even then only 24 times. It appears in 15 different Psalms, between 104-150, and in almost every case at the opening and/or closing of the Psalm. These passages are called the “Hallelujah Psalms.”
In Judaism, Psalms 113–118 are known as the Hallel, or Hymn of Praise. These verses are traditionally sung during the Passover Seder, Feast of Pentecost, Feast of Tabernacles, and the Feast of Dedication.
Yet this exuberant exclamation of joy and gratitude has survived the passage of centuries, transcending the barriers of language and culture. What exactly does it mean? According to some research I have found in other writings, Hallelujah is the most sublime expression of God’s praise, combining together in one word both praise (hallel) and God’s Name (the two-letter Name ‘Ya-H’). Yet Hallelujah does not appear throughout the book of Psalms. It is only used in the last third of the book, starting with chapter 104. “Let sin be finished from the earth, and evil be no more. My soul will bless God, Hallelujah!” [Ps. 104:35]
Definition: Hallelujah is an exclamation of worship or a call to praise transliterated from two Hebrew words meaning “Praise ye the Lord.” Some Bible versions render the phrase “Praise the Lord.” The Greek form of the word is alleluia.
Pronunciation: hahl lay LOO yah
Hallelujah in the New Testament
In the New Testament the term appears exclusively in Revelation 19:1-6:
After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true and just; for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
Once more they cried out, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”
And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!”
And from the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.”
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.” (ESV)
“Hallelujah!” is praising God Almighty with our whole being because of His love, wisdom, power, and worthiness. We are just His creation — and an extremely small part of His creation at that. So, it is only right and proper that we give Him praise with all our might. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Ps 150.Hallelujah is only fitting, for the Lord. He Himself gives to all life and breath –Acts 17:25. Spurgeon explains “This is how we live spiritually: we breathe in the air by prayer and we breathe it out by praise! This is the holy respiration of a Christian’s life! Since God gives us breath, let us breathe His praise. His name in Hebrew (YHWH) is composed more of breathings than of letters, to show that all breath comes FROM Him: therefore let it be used FOR Him.” Wiersbe adds that “Breath is the weakest thing we have, but we can devote it to the highest service: Praising the Lord.” So while we still have breath, let us continually “Praise the Name of Jehovah” (Ps 113:1). Spurgeon exhorts us by asking “does not all nature around us sing? Indeed, if we are silent, we would be an exception to the universe. Does not the thunder praise Him as it rolls like drums in the march of the God of armies? Does not the ocean praise Him as it claps its thousand hands?” The psalmist adds “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” (Ps 69:34) Indeed even “fire and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds” praise the Lord (Ps 148:7-8). Remember that praise is the natural and even necessary response to fully enjoy the object praised, as when we are watching a sporting event and respond with praise for an excellent performance. We would not enjoy the event nearly as much if we did not have the freedom to express praise. And so to truly enjoy the Lord, we must exercise our freedom and continually sing “praises with joy” (2Chr 29:30), “Praising Him for His mighty deeds. Praising Him according to His excellent greatness.” (Ps 150:2)
Without God’s love and power we could not even exist. So, we give praise where praise is due. No one will ever be able to praise the LORD enough. So, it is with all humbleness in realizing our unworthiness that we exalt the great love and power of God on our behalf. He has given us salvation in Jesus Christ, and sustains us with our every breath.
With thankful hearts in whatever our circumstances, we say, “Hallelujah! LORD, Your love and wisdom and power are far beyond our comprehension. By Your mercy in Jesus Christ, please let us live to Your glory with our every breath.”