Raise a Hallelujah
While writing today’s message, I was reminded that the word ‘Hallelujah’ does not appear in the Bible. ‘Hallelujah’ is often used for ‘Alleluia’. So what is the difference?
The main difference between ‘alleluia’ and ‘hallelujah’ is that 'alleluia' is a single word, while 'hallelujah' is made up of two words.
'Alleluia' is a Hebrew word, while 'Hallelujah' is a Greek word. Both are derived from the Hebrew word 'haleluya', meaning ‘praise ye Yah’ or ‘praise Yah.’
The first half of the word ‘hallelujah’, from the verb ‘hillel’, means ‘to praise.’ Praise what? Praise ‘jah.’ ‘Jah’ is a shortened form of the 4-letter Hebrew name for the Lord, ‘YHWH’, which is usually pronounced ‘Yahweh.’
Revelation 19:1 - “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:”
Hope will arise. Alleluia! The KING is alive!
The Bible is full of verses about Praising the Lord. Praising the Lord is something all Christ-followers will continue to do for eternity! Psalms 7:17 - “I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.”
Raise a praise today to our Lord Jesus Christ!