Pristine Grace

The Word "Hallelujah"
by Scott Price
The Word "Hallelujah"

    "Hallelujah" is often heard flying from the lips of many who claim to be praising and worshiping the only true and living God. The vast majority of people shouting this word are ignorant of its meaning. Even if they do know what it means, they deny the word by holding to the damnable heresy of salvation conditioned on the sinner.

    The word "Hallelujah" is actually "Alleluia." It appears in the Bible four times, all in the nineteenth chapter of the book of Revelation (verses 1, 3, 4, and 6). The word means "praise ye JAH," or "praise ye the LORD." In the Old Testament, God was called JEHOVAH. One example is in Psalm 83:18: "That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth." Another verse is in Psalm 68:4: "Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth on the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him." JAH means JEHOVAH and is another name for the LORD.

    When people use God's name in a common, irreverent, or repetitious manner without consideration of God's holy worthiness, then they take the LORD's name in vain. In Exodus 20:7, the Bible says: "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." This does not just mean curse words. Some people think that if they say "God darn it," it is okay because they did not use "damn" after the name of God. The problem is not in "damn" or "darn" but in using God's name in front of these words.

    But this is not the only way in which people take God's name in vain. Many people today in so-called "worship" or "celebration" services shout out "Hallelujah" and claim to glorify God and to be led by the Holy Spirit, but if they do not believe the truth of the gospel - if they believe that their salvation is conditioned on themselves in any way to any degree - then they are led by "another spirit" of which Paul spoke in 2 Corinthians 11:4, which is a Satanic spirit. This kind of taking God's name in vain is evidence of an unregenerate heart.

    The only true LORD GOD JEHOVAH does not play games when it comes to anything that has to do with who He is (His character, His attributes, His will, His name, His glory). The Bible says God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5). In fact, in Exodus 34:14, the word of God says, "For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is JEALOUS, is a jealous God." God will not give His glory to another: "I am the LORD, that is My name: and my glory will I not give to another" (Isaiah 42:8). God associates salvation with His name: "But as many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 1:12).

    Put your faith and trust in Jehovah-tsidkenu - "The LORD our Righteousness." The righteousness of Christ alone is the only ground of salvation.

    Think on it.