The Word, “Hallelujah” is used very little in Bible in comparison to how many times we hear, say, and sing this word in church, or even hear it coming from the mouths of non-believers. “Hallelujah, I got that that job!” It is used only 27 times in the entire Bible: 23 times in Psalms and only 4 times in Revelation 19. Sometimes, versions of the English Bible translate it to “Praise The Lord” which isn’t quite as defined. In all cases, “Hallelujah,” is a crying out to the Lord, declaring the celebration of His victory over His enemies.
It is a word to describe God alone, and only in certain circumstances. Let me explain.
This important word is the only word that fully crosses all languages. No matter where you go in the world, the same actual word is used. Even the name of Jesus is spelled and pronounced differently.
Hallelujah means basically, “Praise, You, The Lord” (Halle – praise. lu – you. Jah – The Lord, portion of Yahweh). Yes, it reminds you of the kids song, “Allelu – Allelu – Allelu – Alleluia, Praise Ye The Lord.” I was singing the song in my head when I heard the full definition.
Hallelujah is more than just a simple praise word. It is instead used only to describe the ultimate victory praise when God’s supremacy shines through and defeats His enemies, or in other words, when we are clear who is going to triumph over situations, or in the time that He finally claims His ending victory.
- Revelation 19:3 “And again they shouted: “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.” (Praise at the final victory when all who rebel against the Lord are punished.)
- Psalm 104:35 “Let sinners be consumed from the earth and let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Hallelujah!”
So, we should reserve this word for those times when we are overcome with the realization of the Lord God’s victories over the enemies in our lives and in the world. It is related to God overcoming evil.
- Revelation 19:6 “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 “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,”