The last five Psalms begin and end with the word “Hallelujah” or the English equivalent “Praise the Lord.”
In Hebrew, it is the combination of two words … halal and jah. Technically the translation of hallelujah is “Praise Yahweh!”
What a wonderful time of the year for us to be raising a “Hallelujah!”
Could we possibly have a greater reason to “Praise God” than the gracious gift of His Son?
The Life Application Bible Notes add that:
- Praise Takes our minds off our problems and shortcomings and helps us focus on God.
- Praise leads us from individual meditation to corporate worship.
- Praise causes us to consider and appreciate God’s character.
- Praise lifts our perspective from the earthly to the heavenly.
- Praise prepares our hearts to receive God’s love and the power of His Spirit.
Could there be a more perfect time for us to prepare our hearts to receive God’s love in the bodily form of His Son, Jesus, than these days leading up to Christmas?
After opening with the following word of praise…
Praise the Lord!Psalm 146:1–2
Let all that I am praise the Lord.
I will praise the Lord as long as I live.
I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.
The author of Psalm 146 continues by saying…
Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;Psalm 146:3–5
there is no help for you there.
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
So, as we approach the birth of our Savior, may we remember the foolishness of putting our confidence in the ability of any other individual to save us. The world is full of “leaders” who want the rest of us to believe that they have the power to do what only God can do … what He sent Jesus to do.
Politicians and celebrities, corporations, and creatives aren’t able to heal us spiritually. They may be able to put a bandaid on the state of things temporarily but only the Lord, our Helper, can save us now and eternally.
The enemy of our souls wants us to separate our physical and emotional needs from our spiritual needs but God created us and gave us souls. He alone is the only One able to care for the whole individual.
He made heaven and earth,Psalm 146:6
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.
He gives. He frees. He lifts. He loves. He protects. He cares.
Hallelujah! The Lord will reign forever!
We have so many reasons to praise God … to raise a Hallelujah! And by God’s grace through Jesus, we can start today and continue for all of eternity to do just that … to worship Him for loving us so much that He gave His one and only Son that we might be forgiven and have life in His presence forever and always.
A Prayer to Praise God with a Hallelujah
Father God, I love You with all that I am … with my heart, mind, soul, and strength. Raising a hallelujah to You is the least I can do to thank and praise You for who You are and for all You have done. You are and always have been all I truly need. You do what is right and good. You are loving, compassionate, and caring.
Worldly leaders try to convince us they have the answers for our needs. They promise peace and prosperity as our world grows less peaceful and less prosperous. They promote the worship of self when what we truly need is to KNOW, LOVE, and TRUST You.
I will praise You, Lord, and shout hallelujah for You have given me everything I need today and always. You gave Your only Son to save me from the punishment I deserve. You gave Your Spirit to guide me to the TRUTH and fill my heart with faith, hope, and love.
I worship You. I cling to Your promises! I give myself to Your loving care for You are the Lord of my life. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Hallelujah Quotes to Praise God
“My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, HE is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am or shall be or feel or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is now doing for me. Hallelujah!” ~ Charles Spurgeon
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His faithful love endures forever.
“Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, the nourishment of the mind with His truth, the purifying of the imagination of His beauty, the opening of the heart to His love, the surrender of the will to His purpose.” ~ William Temple
I heard something like the voice of a vast multitude,Revelation 19:6
like the sound of cascading waters,
and like the rumbling of loud thunder, saying,
Hallelujah, because our Lord God,
the Almighty, reigns!
“We can always find a reason to praise. Situations change for better and for worse, but God’s worth never changes.” ~ Matt Redman
May the Lord bless you as you raise a hallelujah to the glory of His name.
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