Verse of the Day – Dec. 26, 2023

Verse of the Day – Dec. 26, 2023

December 26, 2023 – Tuesday – Halleljah! Part II 

Revelation 19:1    CJB 

After these things, I heard what sounded like the roar of a huge crowd in heaven, shouting, “Halleluyah! The victory, the glory, the power of our God! 

Revelation 19:1    ESV 

After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,  “Hallelujah!  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, 

Revelation 19:1    NKJV 

After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 

Revelation 19:1    TLV 

After these things, I heard something like the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, shouting:  “Halleluyah!Salvation and glory and power belong to our God. 

Comments 

Before you complain about the different spellings for Halleljah!go here and see that Halleljah! is by far the most common spelling, with Alleluia! a distant second, and with Hallelyah! in only the two versions as shown above. Up to a half dozen instead used Praise the Lord or Praise God or Praise the Lord our God. Still, no matter what version you are reading, Halleljah! directly translates as Praise the Lord! 

On Christmas Day when I wrote about the song Hallelujah! it was noted it was not truly a Christian song of worship as written and performed by Leonard Cohen. His writing had many Biblical references, but all were from the Old Testament.  

However, there are two different versions that are distinctly Christian in character. The first is Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Musical/Oratorio Messiah which premiered on April 13, 1742, on Easter almost three centuries ago. It was likely the inspiration for Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. For more fascinating information on Handel’s Messiah go here. It has much more information than my poorly educated ears can sadly make any real sense of. Here is a link to The Hallelujah Chorus with its lyrics from Handel’s Messiah. Knowing the lyrics makes it even more moving. Try it, you will like it.  A much more modern version is A Hallelujah Christmas with a take off on Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, but with different lyrics clearly making it a Christian Hallelujah. And here is one of my favorites where a ‘flash mob’ sings the Hallelujah Chorus at a shopping mall. Enjoy.  

That ends my writing about Hallelujah! music. I hope.  

Bottom Line: Hallelujah! is a wonderful shout of joy praising God for many an occasion, especially for Christmas and Resurrection Sunday.    

Prayer: Almighty God, Thank You for inspiring Handel to do such a wonderful work of so many songs in his Musical/Oratorio Messiah. Many of the songs we know today in many different versions. You have blessed us through them. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

RileyD, nwJ    

Riley D. Driver – Pastor                       

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