Month: February 2014

Christian Praise: What Does Hallelujah Mean?

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Christian Praise

What Does Hallelujah Mean?

Christian Praise is mentioned approximately 190 times in the Bible depending on which version you are reading. It is very common to hear the phrase “Hallelujah” both in Christian circles as well as non-christian circles. What does “hallelujah” mean? Oftentimes it is also written as Allelujah. The angels themselves sing hallelujah to God, so what does it mean?

Actually as a direct translation from the Hebrew it means Praise (Hallel) God (jah, also known as Jaweh in the Old Testament. So, when we say “Hallelujah” What we are really saying is “Praise God”. This is a good thing in a sense because we are told to praise God, but if we just say it as an exclamation to something good that has happened then it might lose its flavor, so to speak. This is obviously the case with non-Christians saying it when trivial things such as their favorite hockey team scores a goal for the home team. If we are truly happy that God has allowed things to happen then it is not derogatory in any way but I just want to point out that it is something that should be used with meaning.

Christian Praise is more than just a matter of words, it is a life-style. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 it says “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you”.

There are 2 specific points that I would like to bring out in this passage.

  1. It is God’s will that you give thanks in everything
  2. It is God’s will that you give thanks IN everything, not necessarily FOR everything.

God wants us to praise Him no matter what our circumstances are because he wants us to realize that wherever we are, He is there with us. He wants us to relinquish the control of our lives to Him and trust Him to work all things out together for our good.

So remember, the next time you are in despair and don’t feel like praising God, do it anyway! Hallelujah!

Christian Praise: Leading Christian Praise and Worship Music

leading christian praise and Worship Music

Christian Praise

Leading Christian Praise and Worship Music

As a Christian Praise and Worship Music leader, I am often asked “What is the best way to lead a Song Service?”. Although, I am sure many of you may not agree with me I always feel that a Christian Song Service should start with Thanksgiving and Christian Praise and then move on to Christian Worship. If you have been reading my blog or ezine articles you will see that I believe that there is a distinct difference between Christian Praise and Christian Worship.

When people walk into the church service they have many things on their minds. They are usually not prepared to jump into Christian Worship right off of the street. I have seen this done in some services and you can tell that the people are trying really hard to worship, but they are just not prepared properly to just jump into it. It is extremely hard for anyone to stop what they have been doing and engage in such an intimate time with God without first getting their heads together.

The Psalmist David said “I will enter His gates with Thanksgiving in my heart; I will enter His courts with Praise.” (Psalm 100:4)

Some of us may not be feeling very happy when we come into song service, although most people will prepare themselves mentally in some respect before church service starts. The problem is that if you are going through hard times, you may come into the song service with a very heavy heart.

If we start our Christian Praise and Worship Services directly with a Christian Worship song such as “I Stand in Awe of You”, many people will not be mentally prepared to commune with God in this way at that moment in time.

But if we start our song service with Christian Praise songs such as “I Will Enter His Gates” or “This is the Day that the Lord Has Made”, they will start to focus in on God and then we can start to lead them slowly, song by song leading up to Christian Worship. Then they will be in the proper state of mind to truly worship God in His Holiness.

You can use these simple steps also in your own private time alone with God to bring yourself from a place of hurriedness to a place where you can worship God in Spirit and Truth. I hope this little post on Christian Praise and Worship Music has helped you.


(originally posted Sept. 25, 2009)

Christian Praise: It’s Time to Sing Another Tune in Life

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It’s Time to Sing Another Tune in Life

Christian Praise is all about realizing what God has done for us in our lives. It is all too common for us to focus on our struggles and everyday problems and forget to offer Christian Praise to God for His blessings.

Many people, Christian or not, tend to look at life with a very negative slant sometimes. I am sure you know many people like this. They are always complaining about how bad things are. They are so concerned about the way that life is treating them that they miss out on the pleasure of being alive.

Some people are living a life of misery because they forget to look at the things that are going right in their lives. They have trouble taking their eyes off of the problems and obstacles around them.

We all run into obstacles in our lives, this is a part of life. We are not to offer Christian Praise only when things in life are rosy and going well for us.

For some people, life never seems to go well for them. It’s not that life is so harsh, but rather their eyes are focused on the problems and not their blessings. We cannot condemn these people. It is a mindset that they have set themselves up in and it can’t be undone until they realize what they are doing. So don’t condemn these type of people, instead pray for them that the light of God will shine in their hearts that they may be able to see what great things God has done for them.

Negative thinking is a major problem in our society today. The good news is that we have more and more people wanting to get themselves out of their negative mindset and trying to think more positively. Just look around any bookstore and you will see many self-help books based on how to think positively, how to think abundantly. People are realizing, to a greater extent, that there is more to life than what they are experiencing.

Sadly we see multitudes following “The Secret” or Abraham Hicks looking for more to life without realizing that God said that we receive not, because what we ask for is for our own edification and glory. If we seek abundance for selfish reasons we will not receive anything from God. The Good News is that we are promised that if we seek for God’s will, then our prayers and petitions are answered. (James 4:3)(Mathew 7:7-11)

There is some truth to what these people from “The Secret” are teaching, and actually much of it is based on Christian Scripture, but they miss the mark by twisting the scriptures in such a way that all they think about is how can I make my life happier and get the things I want.

It misses the mark because Scripture teaches us that we are not to worry about food, or drink or clothing or any of the things that the world worries about. God has already taken care of that for us, but for those who do not know God, they search for a way out of their problems and end up in these messed up teachings, such as “the Secret” and are being indoctrinated into thinking that they are actually being enlightened.

As I said earlier on, their teachings are partially true. Satan masquerades as an angel of light, trying to persuade people that this is the truth, when in reality it is only partial truth.(2 Corinthians11:14) Jesus is the true light of the world and if we ask, believing, we shall receive from Him.

If we have not it’s because we are not asking. As we become thankful for what we do have, then we will be given more. It is God’s will that we have an abundant life but we miss out on it because we forget to be thankful for what we do have.(Mark 4:25)

Without challenges, there can be no progress. Without obstacles, there can be no achievement. Be thankful for the opportunities that these provide.

For many people the theme song for their life is “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen”. It’s time to change your tune. It’s time to sing another tune in your life. Focus on what God is doing, focus on the good that comes out of the obstacles and challenges, knowing that God loves you and is in control of your life. Let Christian Praise flow out of your heart and up to the throne of God, for He is worthy to be praised in all circumstances.


(originally posted Oct. 15, 2009)


Christian Praise:Christian Praise and Worship Songs in a Minor Key

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Ever since writing the blog post on “The Horse and Rider” song I have had many emails asking me if I know of other Christian Praise and Worship songs in a minor Key. The funny thing about this is that after answering these emails the same question came up on Yahoo Answers and so I was able to answer the fellow there also. Who would have thought that Christian Praise and Worship Songs in a Minor Key would have been so popular?

To make a long story short here are the answers that I wrote to the query on Christian Praise and worship songs in a minor key on Yahoo Answers:

(p.s. I go by the name of Cyberscribe on Yahoo Answers)

Q. What are some good Christian hymns or praise and worship songs that are in a minor key?

Best Answer – Chosen by Asker

“You Are my Hiding Place” is a lovely worship song, although it is a bit old. We used to sing it a lot at the church in the late 80’s early 90’s, but worship is not easily dated. It is still an awe inspiring song.

Here are some other Christian Praise and Worship Songs in a Minor Key for you:

“When The Spirit of the Lord is Upon My Heart I will Dance as David Danced”
“Blow a Trumpet is Zion”
“Awake O Israel, Put Off Your Slumber”
“This is the Year of Jubilee”
“Jehovah Jireh My Provider”
“Through Our God We Shall Do Valiantly” (has a lot of minors in it)
“King of Kings and Lord of Lords Glory Hallelujah” (has a lot of minors in it)
“I Exalt Thee” (has some minors in it)
“We Are Standing on Holy Ground” (has a lot of minors in it)
“See His Glory” (has some minors in it)
“When I Look Into Your Holiness/I worship You” (has a lot of minors in it)
“Surely the Presence of the Lord is in This Place” (has a lot of minors in it)
“Blessed Be the Name of the Lord” (has a lot of minors in it)
“What A Healing Jesus I’ve Found in You” (has a lot of minors in it)
“I Believe in Miracles” (has a lot of minors in it)
“Give Thanks” (has a lot of minors in it)
“I Sing Praises to Your Name O Lord” (has a lot of minors in it )

I Hope This Helps


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 (Originally posted February 12, 2010)

Christian Praise: How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art

 Christian Praise

How Great Thou Art

In Christian Praise, the lyrics to the Christian Song “How Great Thou Art” are very familiar even to those who are non Bible Believing Christians. It is a close runner up with the song “Amazing Grace” and for good reason.

As I have explained in other blog posts, Christian Praise is all about bringing our attention to the great things God has done in our lives. We need to focus on the great things God has done FOR us before we can worship Him for who He is. This is the distinction between Christian Praise and Worship.

Thinking about all of the wonderful things God has done for us and how he has created all good things for us helps us to concentrate on what a wonderful God we serve.

Read the lyrics and listen to the video and see if it doesn’t help you turn your attention away from your problems and onto God who is above all of these daily turmoil’s. Your daily problems will not seem so big when you realize how big your God is.

This song was originally a Swedish folk melody, called “O Store Gud” by Carl Boberg (1859-1940) It was translated in 1899 by Stuart K. Hine.

Here are the lyrics for “How Great Thou Art”


O Lord My God!

When I In Awesome Wonder Consider All The Worlds Thy Hands Have Made,

I See The Stars, I Hear The Rolling Thunder,

Thy Power Throughout The Universe Displayed:



Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!


Verse 2:

When Through The Woods And Forest Glades I Wander

And Hear The Birds Sing Sweetly In The Trees

When I Look Down From Lofty Mountain Grandeur

And Hear The Brook And Feel The Gentle Breeze



Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!


Verse 3:

And When I Think That God, His Son Not Sparing,

Sent Him To Die, I Scarce Can Take It In

That On The Cross, My Burden Gladly Bearing,

He Bled And Died To Take Away My Sin



Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!


Verse 4:

When Christ Shall Come With Shout Of Acclamation

And Take Me Home, What Joy Shall Fill My Heart!

Then I Shall Bow In Humble Adoration,

And There Proclaim, My God, How Great Thou Art!



Then Sings My Soul, My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!

Then Sings My Soul! My Savior God, To Thee

How Great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art!


Enjoy this beautiful rendition by Yolanda Adams!

(originally posted Oct.6, 2009)