Hallelujah comes from ancient Hebrew, meaning “praise ye Yahweh.” Praise the Lord or Hallelujah is a joyful expression often heard in worship music and church services. Handel’s Messiah features one of the best known musical usages in the Hallelujah Chorus.
A notable Bible passage that uses Hallelujah to praise the Lord is found in Revelation 19 where John describes the joy in Heaven as Christ prepares for His second coming at the End of Days:
“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, for His judgments are true and just; for He has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of His servants.‘
Once more they cried out, ‘Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.’ And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, ‘Amen. Hallelujah!‘
And from the throne came a voice saying, ‘Praise our God, all you His servants, you who fear Him, small and great.’ Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.‘” (Revelation 19:1-6 ESV)
Even so, come Lord Jesus. Hallelujah!