Christmas is the season for singing Hallelujah! Hallelujah is the transliteration of the original Hebrew word which means “Praise Yahweh” [pronounced YAH way]. Transliteration is another way of saying we convert sounds and the writing system of a language foreign to us into something we can pronounce and write in our mother tongue. Yahweh is the Old Testament name of Jehovah for God. When we sing or say the word Hallelujah, we are giving praise, honor, and glory to the God Jehovah.
When I first wrote this lyric, its title was SING HALLELUJAH, CHILDREN! and it was a Bible message and story for young children. I have since retitled it to include all of God’s children, no matter what age. As an older child or as an adult, it is okay to ask questions, and investigate this Jewish Messiah who was born into the world to become the sacrificial lamb for the sins of all peoples of all times. However, ultimately you must believe and accept the three-in-one God as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost with the faith of a small child. Envision that I am reading this story to you and that you are hearing it for the very first time. May the words speak to your heart and change your life.
SING HALLELUJAH, GIVE HIM YOUR HEART!
Tiptoe to His cradle,
See the Holy Baby sleep,
While angels raise a great amen
And shepherds watch their sheep.
“Please read that story one more time,”
I hear the children say,
So we open up God’s Word to find
The joy of Christmas day.
Hallelujah! Jesus is born.
“Did they bring Him presents?”
Says a tiny voice to me,
This child so full of wondr’ing eyes
Who tugs upon my sleeve.
“Yes, wise men brought Him precious gifts,”
I say with a smile.
“But there’s something special you can give:
It’s the heart of a child.”
Hallelujah! Give Him your heart.
“Where’s the Baby Jesus?”
The children want to know
As I turn through God’s Story Book
To calv’ry long ago:
A cross, a hill, a Child grown up
Who soon would have to die.
But He fled the tomb and He still lives!
So, children, don’t you cry!
Hallelujah! He is alive!
A Song of Praise to God
Celebrating Christ’s Birth, Death, and Resurrection
By Connie Carlisle Polley, 2018
3 thoughts on “Sing Hallelujah!”
Thanks for an explanation of transliteration and for the beautiful poem.
Thank you, Connie.