On special holidays, Jewish people recite Psalms 113-118 word for word. They call this section of scripture the Hallel. This word might look very familiar to you as it is part of another word – Hallelujah, meaning “Praise the Lord!”
Here is one of the Psalms found in the Hallel:
Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord! (Psalm 117)
At both the beginning and end of this passage, the reader is told to “Praise the Lord!” Take note of the punctuation – It is an exclamation mark and not a period. It literally says “Hallelujah!” This is a call to give a shout for joy and gratitude to the Lord. The Psalmist is pointing out that when we truly realize how great our God is and the incredible blessings of grace that have been shed upon us, the natural response is to give a loud “HALLELUJAH!”
When was the last time you praised the Lord like this?
Do you realize how blessed you are and if so, what is a Biblical response?
I want to invite you to join us this Sunday morning in giving a loud “Praise the Lord!” He is truly worthy of our praise!!!
Love to all,
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