In our passage from Revelation 19:1-5, we get to see the perfect praise of the three Hallelujahs. Hallelujah is a combination of the Hebrew word Hallal: an exortation to “praise” addressed to several people and Jah or Yah: meaning God (Wikipedia: Hallelujah).
The great multitude in heaven shouts Hallelujah for His just and true condemnation of Babylon.
The great multitude in heaven shouts Hallelujah that God has executed that condemnation on the city with a burning wrath that shall not be quenched or put out by human hands.
The 24 elders and 4 living creatures in the throne room, supplicate themselves and cry in reply: Amen, Hallelujah.
How many times today have you said “Praise God!”? When was the last time you shouted with others in praise of God.
We do plenty of shouting. We shout in anger at the drivers on the road. We shout for our favorite teams. We shout (wrongly) at the umpires at our kids’ games. We form in crowds and shout protests over politics. Each night there is at least one news report from the day of people shouting.
But when was the last time you shouted “Hallelujah, Praise God”? Why not? Do you believe it is right to praise God? Do you believe He is worthy of praise? What is holding you back? Fear? Shame? Are you embarassed?
So, here is my challenge to you. Practice makes perfect, right? So, practice. First, get in your car by yourself and shout it out. Next do it in your house, then in a field, then at church, then in public with people you don’t know, then… well, just keep doing it. Paul wrote, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16. Do not be ashamed of joining the multitude of heaven – you are in pretty good company!
By the way – how cool is it that there is a multitude in heaven. They aren’t resting peacefully (rest in peace). They aren’t sitting around on clouds playing classical harp music. They are part of the Revelation Revolution – They are alive and awake and making some noise, Amen!
Salvation (only source to be saved), Glory (He alone is full of Glory), Power (all power and might are God’s)
These are the things all men seek from their rulers, this and justice and mercy and kindness and love
True and Just – That He is true, in Him is no lie, I can always count on everything He says, no trickery or deceit, no malice
The final fall of Babylon – total destruction
To not be timid or reserved – to be energetic and shout His praises