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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 BOAST 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!