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Scripture: Rev 19:6-9... Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, "Write, "Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he said to me, "These are true words of God."

Story: Many songs have the word "hallelujah" in their title and text so when my good friend Lance asked to sing one of them as an offering, "Sing Hallelujah to the Lord" by Linda Stassen, it occured to me that this would make an interesting word study. After all a word this prevalent in Christian music would have to appear countless times in scripture. So I broke out my trusty copy of Strongs and set out to investigate only to find that it appears only 4 times in scripture. 4 TIMES? Better yet, all 4 times are in the same place, the 19th chapter of Revelation. I thought it ironic that a word appearing so frequently in Christian music was found so infrequently in scripture. Anyway Lance did a great job with the song and my little word study proved to be the inspiration to embellish Linda's well known chorus with 2 verses. These verses attempt to surround her chorus with the events described in Rev 19. I hope I have done her beautiful refrain justice. In closing, I have since found that "hallelujah" is a hebrew word which means "praise God" and it is not nearly as rare as I had originally thought. Had I read hebrew I would have found it countless times in the Old Testament.

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