Hallelujah- transliterated from Hebrew as ‘Praise ye The Lord’, is a unique and powerful expression that could take massive volumes of discourse and not be fully covered. Throughout scripture, there was always a reason behind the direct invocation of Hallelujahs or equivalent expressions – and there were always significant consequences!
The first time it occurs in the Old Testament in Psalm 104.35 the topics were the righteous Judgement and Justice from God almighty that utterly consumes sinners and the wicked, and the blessing and praise consequently due God the Holy One.
The next four occurrences of Hallelujah relate to God’s powerful and wondrous miracles in Psalm 105; His track record of justice, faithfulness and determination in Psalm 106, the only chapter to start and end in hallelujah; an imperative and encouragement to revere Him in Psalm 111; and the wisdom derive divine blessing from praising God in Psalm 112.
Aside these the only occurrences in the Old Testament are in the Hallel Psalms, Psalms 113 to 118. These are scripture of thanksgiving and praise recited, read and meditated upon exclusively to express gratitude, worship and reverence to God during Jewish holidays. There is not enough scope to fully discuss these here.
In the New Testament, the only occurrences of Hallelujah are in Revelations chapter 19, far into the prophetic testimony that God directly showed John the beloved about the future, destiny and eternity of everything and everyone. In verses 1 to 6, terrifying accounts were told of the Justice and Judgement of God, that condemns and seals the fate of the great whore- the corrupt systems, orders, rulers and evil of this world! The great voice of much people in heaven declared Alleluia, Salvation, glory, honour and power to our God. Four times God was extolled and His omnipotence acknowledged, as was the eventual success of the church- the bride of Christ the Lamb of God that hath purified herself.
The clarity of the effect of Hallelujah could not be better depicted. Praise be to God the consuming fire, the great God of justice, judgement and victory. He has and will continue to be faithful to His word and promises to us in this age, as he had in ages past. His track record and intention could not be more clear- Psalm 107.15, 31-43.
We are commanded to sanctify and spiritually separate ourselves from the corruption imposed and enforced by the prevailing systems of this world. 1 John 2. 15-17.
[15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.]
We are assured that not only is this world and everything pertaining to it are temporal, but shall in due course be melted with fervent heat. 2 Pet 3.10-12. [ 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?]
As in our anchor verse for May 2017, our month of Hallelujah- Joshua 6.20: The simultaneous shouts and sounds of praise, triumph, adulation raised up to God invited God’s acts of miracle and a demonstration of His power. The enemies of God and persecutors of the righteous shall be terrified and consumed to the utmost. The achievement, victory and testimonies will bring glorification back to God.
We must of necessity remain pure, holy and unblemished from this world; and continue to valiantly fight our spiritual fight with His approved weapons and methods. Ephesians 6.10-18.
Those enemies shall consume themselves, those mountains shall fall, the valleys shall be filled, the tempest shall be stilled, the mighty walls shall fall. How loud will your Hallelujah be? What is the reason behind your hallelujah, and what will the consequences be?
Praise ye The Lord!
The sermon, Hallelujah, by Minister Yomi Sanusi, was delivered on February 18, 2018.