The word “Hallelujah” is an expression of praise that first appears in the songs (Psalms) of the Old Testament. It is a combination of the Hebrew words “hallel” meaning praise and “jah” meaning God, so it literally means praise God! Psalm 150 begins and ends with the word.
Hallelujah! Praise God in his sanctuary… Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Hallelujah!
Handel’s famous “Hallelujah Chorus” is probably the most well-known song of praise ever written, and it uses the word hallelujah over and over! We use this same expression in worship and in our songs of praise today.
This Sunday we will begin worship with the choir anthem “Raise a Hallelujah” followed by the congregational hymn “Revive us Again.” Along with expressing our praise, these songs call us to worship and praise God first and foremost for His glory, but also for our benefit as we are reminded of God’s power and sovereignty. He alone is worthy of our praise!
I raise a hallelujah in the presence of my enemies
I raise a hallelujah louder than the unbelief
I raise a hallelujah my weapon is a melody
I raise a hallelujah heaven comes to fight for me
We praise Thee, O God! For the Son of Thy love
For Jesus Who died and is now gone above.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory. Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory. Revive us again.