1 Hallelujah. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the firmament of His power.
א הַלְלוּ יָהּ הַלְלוּ אֵל בְּקָדְשׁוֹ הַלְלוּהוּ בִּרְקִיעַ עֻזּוֹ.
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His abundant greatness.
ב הַלְלוּהוּ בִגְבוּרֹתָיו הַלְלוּהוּ כְּרֹב גֻּדְלוֹ.
3 Praise Him with the blast of the horn; praise Him with the psaltery and harp.
ha-l’-lu-HU b’-TAY-ka sho-FAR ha-l’-LU-hu b’-NAY-vel v’-khi-NOR
ג הַלְלוּהוּ בְּתֵקַע שׁוֹפָר הַלְלוּהוּ בְּנֵבֶל וְכִנּוֹר.
150:3 Praise Him with the psaltery and harp
King David, author of Psalms, had a love for music. The Talmud teaches that he kept his harp hung over his bed while he slept, and in the middle of the night, the wind blowing through his open window would make the strings stir. We can learn a valuable life lesson from the harp. The harder you pluck the strings of a harp, the sweeter its sound. King David asked God to be tested and challenged because he knew that, like a harp, after confronting life’s challenges he will emerge a better person and closer to God.
4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and the pipe.
ד הַלְלוּהוּ בְּתֹף וּמָחוֹל הַלְלוּהוּ בְּמִנִּים וְעֻגָב.
5 Praise Him with the loud-sounding cymbals; praise Him with the clanging cymbals.
ה הַלְלוּהוּ בְצִלְצְלֵי שָׁמַע הַלְלוּהוּ בְּצִלְצְלֵי תְרוּעָה.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise Hashem. Hallelujah.
ו כֹּל הַנְּשָׁמָה תְּהַלֵּל יָהּ הַלְלוּ יָהּ.