Indeed this Series has been one of Encouragement to all involved!  The tulips photographed for this Series were incredible from the very first time my eyes glanced at their deep red and screaming yellow petals – they echoed the words to a song which had been upon my mind, tongue and lips for a week – Hallelujah, originally written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.  While it is not a piece of music that would be sung in church, it is one that holds a powerful story about making mistakes and things taking the “Hallelujah” right from your lips.  The rendition which is liked the most happens to be of two fellas who both play and sing the song in an adaption which blends both their voices and ability to master the simple – the word Hallelujah.

As work begun on this series, a very special family came immediately to mind, who have had their “Hallelujah” ripped right out from underneath them, with which they have had a tough time saying that word.  Much in realm of trouble comes the needing to realize that God the Father knows what He is doing and even in the midst of our troubles, we can indeed not only say, but sing from our heart’s cord – Hallelujah!

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines in the following manner:

HALLELU’IAH, n. [Heb. praise ye Jah or Jehovah, to praise,that is, to throw, or raise the voice, to utter a loud sound; L. ululo.]
Praise ye Jehovah; give praise to God; a word used in songs or praise, or a term of rejoicing in solemn ascriptions of thanksgiving to God. It is used as a noun, or as an exclamation.

Interesting Fact About Hallelujah

In the many languages that have the word “Hallelujah” in them, there are many different spellings, but it is the only word that universally has the same pronunciation!  The Latin word is “Alleluia”, which is a transliteration of the Hebrew word meaning “Praise Yah”, is where we get some forms of it, e.g.

  • Hallelujah
  • Halleluiah
  • Halleluyah
  • Alleluiah
  • Halleluya
  • Halləlûyāh
  • Hallelouia

Where In The Bible It Is Used

The term or word is used some 24 times directly in the Bible, in the Book of Psalms and in Revelation.  Remember most New Testaments include Psalms and Proverbs in the prints, so even in a “New Testament” they are all available to us for use.

Since the Book of Psalms is a “Song Book”, the times occurring there it is used as a request for the reader or group of readers/hearers to join in lifting Praise toward God.  Simply put, it means to “Praise the LORD!”


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