Daily Devotional for Weekend December 17th & 18th 2016
And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in Heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power unto the Lord our God: Revelation 19:1
In the Hebrew language, the word Hallelujah means praise ye the Lord. The word Alleluia is the Greek form of the same Hebrew word. It still translates praise the Lord. Although this word may not carry as much importance to the English speaking world, Hallelujah has always been very sacred because it contains the name of God at the end. Even in Heaven, instead of John hearing the words Praise the Lord, he rather heard them say in Hebrew Hallelujah.
The people in Heaven who uttered these words were worshipping God for the judgment of the great whore. Much of our worship comes from our deliverance from trials, tribulations, etc. When the Lord saves us, worship comes from our hearts. When God moves on our behalf in forms of miracles or healings, this brings forth a praise that is so rightfully deserving to Him.
It seems easy to give glory unto the Lord and worship Him when all is well in our life, but as soon as something difficult takes place, our worship compromises. It has even been said at times, How can I worship the Lord while I’m going through this trouble? It is a very beautiful thing in the eyes of God when our heart is lifted up to Him in worship even though we are in the midst of tragedy or persecution. Worship then becomes a sacrifice because it requires that we overcome the feelings of despair and discouragement because we know of a surety that the Lord has not caused our despair. Why should we fail to give glory to His name when we’re in trouble? God is not the reason for our afflictions, but He is always the deliverer from them.
The devil wishes to stop your worship by making you think God is to blame, in actuality, it is the devil that is to blame. David said I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1. How can we do this? It’s actually quite simple. The Lord is good all the time. In the storms of life, God is faithful. In the valleys, He is with us. In times of persecution, He promised to undergird us. What if, in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, that we worship and adore the Lord anyway? Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!