The Hallelujahs

“ ’Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER.’  And a second time they said, ‘Hallelujah! HER SMOKE RISES UP FOREVER AND EVER.’ And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying ‘Amen. Hallelujah!’ And a voice came from the throne saying, ‘Give praise to our God, all you His bondservants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.’ Then I heard something like the voice of the great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord God, the Almighty reigns.’ “ Revelation 19:1-10

The Apostle John heard one majestic multitude shouting four hallelujahs with one voice. The sound rolled through the air of Heaven like soul-stirring thunder. One author described this passage as…

 “This graphic prayer of praise…the manifest vindication of the moral order, the indisputable triumph of the Kingdom of God.” Hebert Lockyer

Fifty years after the experience, I still recall the night my father took me to hear “Handel’s Messiah” being performed by a massive choir at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. When they came to “The Hallelujah Chorus” everyone stood. It was a breath-taking moment for me, and I recall seeing tears stream down the face of my father. Hallelujah, indeed.

When I was in seminary, my professor friend and mentor, Dr. Curtis Vaughan made a statement in class that triggered my memory of that experience at FBC, Dallas.

“Hallelujah is the sweetest word in the English language, even if it is Hebrew.” Dr. Curtis Vaughan

These four hallelujahs in Heaven should inspire powerful hallelujahs on earth from the small and the great. In Heaven, prayer leads to praise. The same should be true on earth.

Hallelujah means “Praise The Lord.” It is not a magic phrase, a lucky charm or a password to serenity. Like breathing, prayer and praise are a way of life, in Heaven and on earth.

Where there is prayer, there should be praise. When your prayer focuses more on the crisis than The Christ, then praise evaporates from your soul, as panic surges into your heart.

NOTE TO SELF: Discovering the definition of praise should never turn into a dissection of it. Praise is not explained. It is experienced. The experience of praise is not found in the definition, but in the application. When you pray, you are practicing The Presence of Jesus. Consistent companionship with Jesus leads you to praise, not panic. Lean into His yoke and you discover God’s will. Let The Hallelujahs begin. TALK LESS! PRAY MORE!