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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Curiosity Got Me Again

     A word that has always stood out to me and always felt so powerful to me is the word, "Hallelujah."  It just seems like anytime I repeat that word or sing it in a song, I'm brought to tears. In fact, when I was about 9 years old, I vividly remember mocking a preacher that my parents and their friends were listening to on tape (yes, cassette tape).  Even though I was innocently and childishly playing around, repeating that word, "Hallelujah" over and over smote my heart and brought me to my knees in tears!  I remember that night quite often! 
      Today, my curiosity finally got me.  I had to do a quick online research to find out what this word actually means.  Several sources said it simply means, "Praise The Lord."  I don't know,  but that just seemed way too simple.  So I figured it had to have more of a history or deeper meaning than that.  It had to come from somewhere. Everything in the Bible has either a Hebrew or a Greek origin. So I thought I'd check out what it is in Hebrew.  Its root word is Hallel, which means, "praise Jah" or "Praise Yah" (as in Yahweh, which is a Hebrew name for God. Some Jews believe the name Yahweh is too sacred to even be spoken.) Wow!  Using the word,"Hallelujah" in praise or song means to praise Him or to boast in God!  I like that....to BOAST in God..in Yahweh!  Pretty cool, huh??  No wonder I like this word so much, and no wonder it is so powerful!
     So, there ya have it.  It was much simpler than I expected yet just as awesome.  HALLELUJAH!

2 comments:

Unknown said...

HALLELUYAH !!! THAT'S HOW I SPELL IT NOW ... AFTER I RESEARCHED IT.

HE IS GREAT AND I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I GOT THROUGH LIFE WITHOUT HIM FOR MANY YEARS.

PRAISE YAH !!!!!!!!!!!

WAY-TO-GO-GIRL ... YOU INSPIRE ME!!!!!

Unknown said...

Hi Barbie. I just read your post on the word Hallelujah. There probably are not many people who would take the time and effort to look this up as you did. I was impressed by this. I am also touched by this word as are you. As you discovered Hallelujah means praise Yahweh or praise Jehovah. Jehovah is the common English rendition for Yaweh and Jah is the shortened form of Jehovah. The word Jehovah or Yaweh is very special to me as well because I found out that this is God's personal name which many people are unaware of. Since you displayed such awe for the expression Hallelujah I thought you would enjoy this very short video (approx 4 1/2 mins) on God's name that I will share a link to below. It has some very interesting facts. Thank you so much for the positive example you show. Your trust in God has not been in vain. Yours truly, Debra https://www.jw.org/en/library/books/good-news-from-god/who-is-god/video-gods-name/