Victoria - posted on 10/05/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
Listen to the Song Living Hallelujah by a beautiful Christian Artist Named Sarah Kelly.
Living Hallelujah (A Message I spoke to the Youth & Young Adults of Our Church)
Living Hallelujah, that is Living Praise the Lord.
So I have to say that this particular song has ministered to me so greatly. So I started by looking into what Sarah Kelly’s inspiration for it was and I found out the she based it on Ephesians 4:1-3, which says.
Ephesians 4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (NIV)
The message puts it this way.
Ephesians 4:1 In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. 2 And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, 3 alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Yes that is live a life, not just talk about it.
Live, walk, go, walk about, be occupied.
1) to walk
1a) to make one's way, progress; to make due use of opportunities
1b) Hebrew for, to live
1b1) to regulate one's life
1b2) to conduct one's self
1b3) to pass one's life
Php 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel. (NIV)
The message put that verse this way,
Php 1:27 Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news.
Living Hallelujah is conducting ourselves in a way as to be a credit to Christ, not bringing disrepute on the word.
The word Hallelujah is Hebrew and means Praise ye Jehovah or Praise ye The Lord.
The following has been taken from a couple of commentary on the subject of praise.
praz, psalm, praise, confession, thanksgiving, to praise, glorify, to stretch out the hand, confess.
The word comes from the Latin pretium, "price," or "value," and may be defined generally as an ascription of value or worth. Praise is often bestowed upon unworthy objects or from improper motives, but true praise consists in a sincere acknowledgment of a real conviction of worth. When God praise’s man the praise is inevitably just, as resting on a divine estimate of worth, there is praise of man from man that is the acknowledgment given to righteous & well-doing. Such praise is a reflection and incentive to holy living on which the mind should dwell.
God’s whole creation praises Him, from the angels of heaven to those lower existences that are unconscious or even inanimate. We have a duty to praise God. Sometimes we praise God for His inherent qualities. His majesty or holiness fills the mind, and He is "glorified as God" in view of what He essentially is. More frequently He is praised for His works in creation, providence, and redemption. When God's operations under these aspects present themselves, not simply as general effects of His power and wisdom, but as expressions of His personal love to the individual, His works become benefits, and praise passes into blessing and thanksgiving.
True praise of God, is first of all an inward emotion--a gladness and rejoicing of the heart, which no language can truly express however verbalisation is natural to strong emotion, and the mouth instinctively strives to express the praises of the heart. Praise may be expressed in other ways--in sacrifice, or testimony, or prayer, in everyday living.
Praise is a duty but also a natural impulse and it should be a delight. To fail in this duty is to withhold from God glory that belongs to Him, forgetting His mercies, and being unthankful for His kindness. We should not to fall into this, but are to give to God the honour and glory and gratitude we owe Him, we must earnestly seek the spirit and habit of praise.
Worship at the minimum is the obligation of God's creation, to give to Him all honour, praise, adoration, and glory due Him because He is the holy and divine creator. Worship is to be given to God only. Worship is giving God honour, reverence, homage, in thought, feeling, or act.
Living Hallelujah is a spiritual act of worship, giving God honour, reverence, homage, in thought, feeling and act.
Ro 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. (NIV)
Ro 12:1 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. (Message)
Now that is living hallelujah, it’s not lip service, it’s not twice on Sunday’s, Wednesday night, Friday night, the second Monday of the month and the second Saturday of the month, it’s our everyday lives. It’s the faith without deeds principle.
Jas 2:18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. 19 (NIV) You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Likewise Praise without deeds is useless and dead. Sure there is the type of praise as stated previously in it’s meaning, to stretch out the hands, to confess, and that’s good, but that shouldn’t be where our praise ends.
Do we evidence our praise in how we live are we living lives that are pleasing to God, is God at the top of our must do list or merely somewhere on our, I’ll get around to it at some point list. I’m not always innocent of that, but we should continually strive to be praising God in everything we say, everything we do “May all I say and may all I do be Hallelujah to my King”. Whether it’s in time of trouble or trial or as Lay Minister Wendy taught us on Wednesday in times of less or times of bless, we can be living Hallelujah, it’s have the fore thought WWJD, What Would Jesus Do, not what would Sally do, what would Heather do, what would mum or dad do, What would Jesus Do. Jesus literally offered up his body as a living sacrifice on behalf of man to God as atonement, we’re not asked to that, but we are required to surrender our lives to God. “All of me, I surrender completely, take control, I want all of you and I’m letting go…”
Our act of praise could be as simple as not getting mad when something goes wrong at work, college or school, but keeping our cool, letting the character of Christ come through rather than our human emotions, or it could be not watching this weeks episode of our favourite show because God is calling us to spend some more time in His word.
If you can remember back to the definition of live, it say making due use of opportunities. God gives us so many opportunities to praise him, an act of praise could be perseverance through a trial, knowing God’s hand is over the situation and He’s using it for our benefit. It could be helping out a brother or sister, helping about the house, listening to God and following His direction, letting the character of Christ emanate from you, being wholly devoted to God and letting that be evident in all you do. Conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel.
“It’s all so clear…I was born to worship” We were born to worship, in song with our hands raised, yes definitely, but also in everything we do…we were born to worship. It reminds me of the movie Happy Feet, how every penguin had a heart song, but mambo’s heart song over flowed into his feet, he couldn’t sing for toffee, but his heart song was all through his entire being. And for us that is living Hallelujah.
So in closing let just take in to mind Psalm 103:1
Ps 103:1Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. (NIV)
I like how the New Living Translation puts this verse.
Ps 103:1 Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. (NLT)
Let us strive to let all that we are Praise the Lord, whether in our work, our play, our going out, our coming in, May everything about us, be Hallelujah!