Hallelujah


Thank you Pastor John Walls, Pastor of Freedom Baptist Church in Smithfield, NC, for yet another wonderful message.


~Psalm 105:1-5 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. (1) Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. (2) Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. (3) Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. (4)

~Psalm 105:42-45 For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. (42) And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: (43) And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people; (44) That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD. (45)

Introduction:

There are many songs that have been written praising the Lord. It should be as natural for us to praise God as it is to breath. In fact we are commanded to do so in Psalms 150:6 “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” Not only David pen these words of the command he made sure he practiced it in the last part of the verse. Praise in the Hebrew means to shine, to boast or be boastful, to be made praiseworthy, be commended or be worthy of praise. In fact you cannot praise the Lord too much. He never gets the big head.

We also see a word, which does not show up, in our text in the English but it does in the Hebrew. It is the four words in the last of verse 45, which is “Praise ye the Lord.” It is just one word in the Hebrew and it is the word HALLELUJAH. Hallelujah is the sound of the language of Heaven. Hallelujah is the spice of the language of Heaven. Hallelujah is the substance of the language of Heaven.

Hallelujah is a word that we should practice saying. In fact, if we would say it more often, it would sound forth the praises of our Great God, King and Lord. Plus it would sound better than many of the things most people say. Hallelu of the word hallelujah means praise. Jah is the shorten form of Jehovah. Even the scribes of the Old Testament would make a copy of the scriptures and came to the name “Jehovah”, they would stop, wash themselves, change their clothes because the name “Jehovah” is one of the most powerful and awe stricken names of our Lord. When we say Hallelujah, we are sounding forth the power of our mighty, marvelous, matchless Lord. We are basically saying “Praise Jehovah”.

The verses selected for our text gives many of the functions of praise. They are:

  1. Recall the works of our God
  2. Record the works of our God
  3. Recite the words of our God
  4. Rejoice for the works of our God

These functions are so easy in that they require just doing the simple instructions given by the Lord.

The word HALLELUJAH is found at least twenty-two times in the Book of Psalms with a total of twenty-four times in the Old Testament. Before going further, let’s look at these twenty-four places together.

~Judges 5:2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.

Joshua was calling folks to praise God for his vengeance.

~Psalm 104:35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

~Psalm 105:45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.

David is excited about observing God’s statutes and keeping the law that it causes him to come out what should be natural for the child of God–HALLELUJAH

Psalms 106:1 “Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

DAVID IS SHOUTING OVER THE MERCY OF GOD.

~Psalm 106:48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

David is not ashamed to encourage people to give praise unto the LORD who alone is worth of such praise.

~Psalm 111:1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

It did not matter to David who was around; He was ready at all times to give praise unto the Lord.

~Psalm 112:1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

~Psalm 113:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.

~Psalm 113:9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

~Psalm 116:19 In the courts of the LORD’S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

~Psalm 117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

~Psalm 135:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD.

~Psalm 135:21 Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

~Psalm 146:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.

~Psalm 146:10 The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.

~Psalm 147:1 Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

~Psalm 147:20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

~Psalm 148:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

~Psalm 148:14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.

~Psalm 149:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

~Psalm 149:9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.

~Psalm 150:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

~Psalm 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD . Praise ye the LORD.

~Jeremiah 20:13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.

We will be trying in a limited fashion to sound forth HALLELUJAH to our Great Saviour. Let’s praise the Lord together as we say HALLELUJAH.

I. HALLELUJAH AND THE DURATION OF THIS PRAISE

~Psalm 106:48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.

It should be never ending. Why?

A. He is worthy of the praise.

He saved us, He secures us, and He satisfies us and He sanctifies us.

B. He is wants our praise never ending.

The Lord is the only who does not get the big head when He is praised. The Lord enjoys his best creation speaking our heartfelt declarations. It is sweet smelling to Him.

~Hebrews 13:15-16 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

II. HALLELUJAH AND THE DECLARATIONS OF THIS PRAISE.

~Psalm 106:1Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

A. Hallelujah Declares His Mercy. We can recall the duration of His mercy. It is forever. We can recite the delight- it kept me until grace found me. We can rejoice in its deliverance for us from Satan’s hell, from sin’s heinousness and from sinners who hate our Saviour and the Scriptures.

B. Hallelujah Declares His Might

~Psalm 89:13 Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.

1. Recalling His might

a. He showed His might in creation.

b. He showed His might in converting.

~Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

c. He showed His might in correction.

2. Reciting His Might

~Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy

We should be reciting to the saints, to sinners and having a love fest as we recite back to the Saviour.

3. Rejoicing in His might

~Romans 8:31; 35-39 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

C. Hallelujah Declares His melody.

~Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord

1. You can do this by recalling His melody. It is found in songs like “Since Jesus came into my Heart”, “Amazing Grace” and “Jesus is the Sweetest Name I know.”

2. You ought to be reciting His melody to the church, to our children and to the unchurched.

3. You can be rejoicing in His Melody. It has a couple effects that will help you and I. It will drive away my fears. It will drive away my foes.

III. HALLELUJAH AND THE DEPTH OF OUR PRAISE.

~Psalm 111:1Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

How deep should my praise be?

A. I ought to be praising with all my heart. (This is the seat of emotions)

~Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord

B. I must be praising in His House. I can do it in song, in speaking it, in supplication and in scriptures.

C. I can even be Praising Him in my home.

~Joshua 24:15 but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

IV. HALLELUJAH AND THE DIVERSITY OF OUR PRAISE.

~Psalm 149:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

A. You might shout it.

B. You might cry during it.

C. You might whisper it.

D. You might say it.

E. You might pray it.

F. You might give it. You can do so with your tithes and offerings. You can do so with your service for Him.

Conclusion: Hallelujah! The saying of the word brings joy and gladness. May we as children of God continual praise the Lord! And God’s be said, Hallelujah!

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