Hallelujah!

“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings- and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
Revelation 17:14

“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 19:6

“The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.’” Revelation 11:15

 

I admit, there have been times when singing or playing the Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus has been less than exciting for me. Oh, I know it’s a tremendous musical work and contains wonderful profound truths. But for me as a musician, it can be one of those pieces we might consider overplayed or cliché. After all, the Hallelujah Chorus is played or sung at weddings and funerals all over the world, and sung frequently by most every choir. Even the words of the Hallelujah Chorus are repetitive – the alto line alone sings a four-note motive “Hal-le-lu-jah” 36 times!

 

But if I open my heart to beauty of these words, how could hearing all those Hallelujahs be anything less than meaningful worship? For our Lord God Almighty reigns… It’s easy for me to imagine angels surrounding Jesus in heaven singing it with such joy, Hallelujah! Praise God, the King of Kings, for he reigns forever and ever.

 

Our sin makes it so easy to let these wonderful words of these passages and the Hallelujah Chorus become commonplace and redundant, meaningless at times. We hear these truths so often – in sermons at church, worship songs on the radio and in discussions with family and friends. May we always be open to the Lord, so his song will fill our hearts and our response can be nothing short of Hallelujah…over and over again.
~Bethany Hilt

 

 

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