ALLELUIA

If you are dead, filled with embalming fluid and whatever else the mortician does to you, during your funeral, your friends and family will hear these words:

  • Deacon: “Alleluia, Blessed are they whom Thou hast chosen and taken unto Thyself, O Lord.”
    • Choir: “Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.”
  • Deacon: “Their memory is from generation to generation.”
    • Choir: “Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.”
  • Deacon: “Their souls will dwell amid good things.”
    • Choir: “Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.”

But before you die,  your friends and family sing, pray, chant the Psalms from beginning to end.    While Revelation uses Alleluia four times (cf. Revelation 19:1-6), the only other time Alleluia is used in the Bible is the Psalms where it is used twelve times (twice in Psalm 150).

What’s the point of Alleluia?  I believe its the word God uses to wake the dead.

I’ve got a ton of “dead bones” in my spiritual life.    Jesus says to me, “Woe to you, you are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.”    But as the hymn says, God wants to me to “Awake O Sleeper.”

Awake, O sleeper, arise from death,
abandon the shadows of night;
the wind of the spirit shall be your breath,
and Christ will fill you with light.

Once you were darkness,
once you were lost in the shadows.
Once you were darkness,
now you are children of light.

When you feel like parading your good works for all to see,  sing ALLELUIA

When you feel like judging with murder in your hearts, pray ALLELUIA

When you feel dead inside, shout ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA

 

 

 

 

 

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