Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live
Psalm 146:1-2 (NIV_84)
Hallelujah is a Hebrew word. It is a verb that calls us to Praise the Lord. It is possible in Hebrew to have verbs for an individual or for a group. This word is for a group. It means, “Let us, together, praise the Lord.”
While Israel lived in tents, before they entered the Promised Land. They would put the Tent of God in the middle of all their tents. Each tribe was arranged around the tent of worship. God was at the center of their community. (Numbers 2)
When they enter the Promised Land they put the tent of worship in one place. Later Solomon built a temple in Jerusalem. The people would come from all over to worship God in this one place. They worshiped together in Jerusalem. (Psalm 48)
Worshiping God is something that we do together. Hallelujah is a command. It calls us to get together, and to worship God together. You could watch a church meeting on TV or on the Computer. You could stay at home with a cup of tea and be part of a church service. You could go to TV church in my pajamas. It would be much easier when it snows here in Wisconsin?
“Hallelujah” is a call to meet together. His people honor the Lord when they meet together. They show that God loves many people and many kinds of people when we meet together. They give each other encouragement when they meet together and say “Welcome.” And when they say, “Praise the Lord.”
It is also important to praise the Lord alone.
In verse 1 the Psalmist speaks to his own soul. He says, “Praise the Lord, O my soul.”
In verse 2 he says, “I will praise the Lord as long as I live.”
These verses are for the individual. The bible has stories about how God looks on the heart, not on the outside. David was chosen to be king, even though he was the youngest in his family, because his heart was strong for the Lord. Isaiah spoke in warning of those whose lips offered praise, but their hearts were not in it. (Is 29:13)
It is important to Praise God together. It is also important to praise God from the heart.
There is balance in the pronouns.