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“Hallelujah Chorus” by G.F. Handel

20 Dec
Messiah, HWV 56: Part II, no. 44. Chorus: “Hallelujah”
Composition by George Frideric Handel


Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
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! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! 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
And He shall reign for ever and ever
And He shall reign for ever and ever
For ever and ever, forever and ever


King of kings (Forever and ever Hallelujah! Hallelujah!)
And Lord of lords (Forever and ever Hallelujah! Hallelujah!)
King of kings (Forever and ever Hallelujah! Hallelujah!)
And Lord of lords (Forever and ever Hallelujah! Hallelujah!)
King of kings (Forever and ever Hallelujah! Hallelujah!)
And Lord of lords (King of kings and Lord of lords)


And He shall reign
And He shall reign
And He shall reign forever and ever
King of kings (Forever and ever)
And He shall reign (Hallelujah! Hallelujah!)
And He shall reign forever and ever


King of kings! and Lord of lords!
King of kings! and Lord of lords!


And He shall reign forever and ever
Forever and ever
Forever and ever
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!

Dear God, I attended a performance of the Messiah yesterday with my wife in the choir. It was terrific. But, of course, I was struck by this song from the end of the piece. Nearly everyone knows it. The words are simple but beautifully worshipful. The arrangement of instruments and voices is unsurpassed. For the best, most worshipful (there’s that word again) funeral I’ve ever attended, they combined two church choirs to perform this at the church md as the recessional. Outstanding!

Like King George in the 1740s when he first heard it, I was moved yet again yesterday—even to tears. My overwhelming thought? I am so grateful you are so loving. You don’t have to be good. You don’t have to forgive me. You don’t have to care about me as an individual or the things I care about. You don’t have to take the time to mold me into a better man. You don’t have to engage in my life or even the world. But you do.

The omnipotent God reigns—HALLELUJAH!

The kingdom of the world has become your kingdom and of Jesus—HALLELUJAH!

You will reign forever and ever—HALLELUJAH!

You are king of all kings—HALLELUJAH!

You are Lord of all lords—HALLELUJAH!

Father, I sit here this morning simply grateful. Thank you. Thank you for Christmas!

In Jesus’s, your precious Christ’s, name I pray,

Amen

 
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