Hallelujah Chorus – Handel’s Messiah

Composed in 1741 by Georg Friedrich Handel, the Messiah remains popular, particularly the well-known Hallelujah Chorus  which featured in these surprise shopping centre performances from last Christmas:

While many find the music inspiring, the words are a profound recognition of God’s reign. Hallelujah literally means ‘Praise Yah’ – a shortened form of God’s name ‘Yahweh’. It is an invitation for us to join in praising God/the LORD. The lyrics are below, followed by the Bible verses they are drawn from.

Lyrics:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
 
Hallelujah!For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. [KJV: Lord God Omnipotent reigneth] (Revelation 19:6)
                                                                                   
On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, 
King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:16)
 
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15)
 
 
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