The expression Praise ye the Lord is listed 35 times in the Bible, all in the Old Testament. The word Alleluia, ἁλληλουϊά is listed in the New Testament four times, all in the Book of Revelation, chapter 19. ALLELUIA ἁλληλουϊά, praise ye Jah!, an adoring exclamation:—alleluiah.
And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God . . . Revelation 19:1.
And that folks, is what Christmas is all about! Jesus, the promised Christ, the answer to EVERY problem we may face in this life, the solution to our calamity, the salve to our wounded hearts. Isn’t this what we all want for Christmas? The present God has already given every one of us is waiting under the tree! All we have to do is pick it up and open it. You may ask, how in the world can I open a gift I can’t see? Well, you can’t open God’s gift with your hands. You have to use your mouth! Eh? What in the world? Here’s how:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
We must believe in, accept and receive God’s gift of Jesus. Yep, that’s right. All we have to do to believe is speak (say) with our mouths, “Jesus, I accept you, the Gift of God. As I open my heart to receive you, I believe you will open your heart to receive me. Amen.”
Now, that is a true gift exchange!
Alleluia, Praise Ye The Lord!