Hallelujah is one of the words we sing alot in worship songs but what does it mean? It is a Hebrew word found primarily in the Psalms and it occurs 24 times in the Old Testament. It literally means, praise Yahweh. Yahweh is the name that God revealed to Moses in Exodus 3:14-15, “14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers–the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob–has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.”
It’s a pretty amazing thought that as we sing ‘Hallelujah’, we are using the same word the ancient Israelites used thousands of years ago. It is a word that links us to the great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us. For generation after generation, Yahweh has been opening hearts to Him and His unfailing love and men and women and children have been singing His praises. In ‘Hallelujah’ both ‘praise’ and ‘Yahweh’ combine to make one word. Truly ‘praise’ and ‘Yahweh’ are inseparable. You can’t really know Yahweh and not praise Him. His character and His works are beautiful and awe-inspiring. So as we sing ‘Hallelujah’ on Sunday, let’s sing it out loud and not hold back. This is our moment, we are the generation that will continue the chain of praise and we will not be quiet. We will praise our God and one day pass that praise on to those who will follow behind us….Hallelujah!