December 27, 2022 – Tuesday
Psalm 146:1&10 CJB
Praise Adonai, my soul!
10 Adonai will reign forever, your God, Tziyon, through all generations.
The Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) was chosen as it leads and ends with Halleluyah and the italics are in the original along with the exclamation marks (!). Notice it also has a spelling variant for Hallelujah using y instead of j giving us Halleluyah, but the meaning remains the same, Praise God or Praise Yahweh or Praise the Lord or Praise ye the Lord in many different Bible translations. Adonai is a Hebrew name for God often translated as My Lord
Looking at the original the word Halleluyah is separated almost like an independent verse for this word alone as shown above. From Spurgeon’s The Treasury of David we have, “Praise ye the Lord.” Hallelujah! The exhortation is to all things in earth or in heaven. Should they not all declare the glory of him for whose glory they are, and were created? The exhortation is from exhort meaning “to strongly encourage or urge someone to do something” – in this case with Hallelujah the something to do is to praise God and it should be done emphatically, thus the punctuation with exclamation marks. Or as one source states Hallelujah is an exuberant expression of praise meaning “Praise Yahweh!”
This Psalm is titled Halleujah in the Targum, Septuagint, and Vulgate Latin versions. Thus, it is all about Praising God. It is no wonder then that it ends with Halleluyah! Barnes’ Notes on the Bible says, The psalm closes as it commences. It is a call on all persons to unite in the praise of Yahweh after it tells us He will reign forever, through all generations.
Why is this Psalm called a Halleujah Psalm? Because it has so much praise in it between the Halleujahs. Here is verse 2, I will praise Adonai as long as I live. I will sing praise to my God all my life. Then from verses 7, 8, and 9 we have:
Adonai sets prisoners free
Adonai opens the eyes of the blind
Adonai loves the righteous
Adonai watches over strangers, he sustains the fatherless and widow
Bottom Line: We have so many reasons to raise our voices when we say/sing Hallelujah! And He does reign forever!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Let us praise You with great gladness in our hearts, knowing You have provided salvation for us through Your Son. Let us sing and shout Hallelujah! all the days of our lives. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton