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73. Hallelujah Praise Shout
Revelation 19.1-6

"After this, I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting, 'Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.' And again they shouted 'Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.' The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried 'Amen, Hallelujah!' Then a voice came from the throne, saying 'Praise our God, all his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!' Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting 'Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.'" (Revelation 19.1-6)✞

Great Multitude

Praise GodThe hallelujah praise shout begins with the "roar of a great multitude in heaven." We have already come upon two vast Heavenly multitudes, the martyrs in Revelation 7.9, and the angels in Revelation 5.9-12. The assembly of angels brings a hallelujah praise shout to God.✞

Hallelujah

Hallelujah HebrewThis shout begins with "hallelujah," which is a popular word in religious vocabulary today, but only appears four times in the Scriptures and all in this one chapter of Revelation. "Hallelujah" is like "hosanna" or the Hebrew form "Hoshana," which means "help" or "save, I pray," as in Psalm 118.25, "Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!" "Hallelujah" is one of only a few Hebrew words that have established themselves in ordinary English religious language. Hallelujah probably comes to be so well known through its particular use as a response of praise in the Easter worship services in the Early Church.

Hallel Praise

Praise People"Hallelujah" literally means "praise God." Hallelujah comes from the Hebrew words "Hallel," meaning "to praise," and "Jah," which translates "the name of God." "Hallelujah" therefore means "praise the name of God." Although the words "hallelujah praise" appears only in Revelation, it occurs in a different translated form frequently elsewhere.

Psalms of Praise

Praising God"Hallelujah" is the first phrase in Psalms 106, 111, 112, 113, 117, 135, 146, 147, 148, 149 and 150. Therefore, Psalms 113-118 are called the "Hallel Psalms" and are part of every Jewish boy's essential education. Where "hallelujah" occurs in the Old Testament, it is translated by "Praise God," but here in this chapter of Revelation, the original Hebrew form, "hallelujah" is retained.

Salvation Glory and Power

Hallelujah"Salvation glory and power" belongs to God. Each of these three great attributes should awaken its response in our hearts. The "salvation of God" should release our gratitude for the once crucified Jesus, the "glory of God" should bring forth our reverence at the greatness of the Creation all around us and of God himself and the "power of God" should awaken our trust in him alone. These three are the constituent elements of real praise. God receives praise because he exercises his "true and just judgments" on the Great Harlot in Revelation 19. Judgment is the inescapable consequence of sin. The decisions of God are "true and just." The writer T. S. Kepler (1838-1912) writes, "The moral law can no more be broken than the law of gravity, it can only be illustrated." God alone was and is perfect in judgment. God alone knows our innermost thoughts and desires. God alone has that purity to judge without prejudice. God alone has the wisdom to judge truly and the power to apply it.

Great Praise Shout

Heartfelt PraiseA great praise shout, "The Almighty Reigns," goes up to God from the multitude like the roar of rushing waters or the loud peals of thunder. The Great Harlot, who corrupts the world, is therefore judged. The worst of all sins is to teach others to sin. The other reason for rejoicing is that Rome's judgment guaranteed that God would never abandon his own. Praise is the heartfelt response to God of those who love him. The more you get to know God and realize what he does for you, the more you will respond with praise. The great praise shout is at the heart of true worship. Let your praise of God flow out of your realization of who God is and how much he loves you. A great multitude in heaven initiates the great shout of praise to God for his victory. The assembly in heaven roar, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God." The twenty-four elders join the chorus and the great choir of heaven once again praise God!

"Hallelujah Praise Shout"
by Ron Meacock © 2020

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