I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies
I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief
I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody
I raise a hallelujah, Heaven comes to fight for me
I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm
Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar
Up from the ashes, hope will arise
Death is defeated, the King is alive
I raise a hallelujah, with everything inside of me
I raise a hallelujah, I will watch the darkness flee
I raise a hallelujah, in the middle of the mystery
I raise a hallelujah, fear you lost your hold on me
Sing a little louder
In the presence of my enemies
Sing a little louder
Louder than the unbelief
Sing a little louder
My weapon is a melody
Sing a little louder
Heaven comes to fight for me
I raise a hallelujah
Bethel Music CEO Joel Taylor and his wife Janie took their two-year-old son Jaxon to the hospital with what they thought was a normal child’s illness. The Taylors soon discovered that Jaxon’s kidneys were shutting down due to an E-coli virus attacking his organs. Jaxon then began to undergo blood transfusions and go on dialysis, while suffering from seizures and respiratory issues.
Soon after, their four-year-old daughter Addie was diagnosed with the same infection. Faced with the possible loss of their son and daughter, the couple cried out to their community for prayer and support. Joel Taylor recorded a video on Instagram asking for prayer from the community that soon went viral, as Christians from all over the world joined in prayer and intercession for the Taylors.
Worship leaders and friends of the community Jonathan and Melissa Helser were in constant contact with the Taylors from the beginning of the crisis, and received news one night that the Taylors didn’t think Jaxon would make it through the night. “As soon as I got that text, I felt like this giant of unbelief stood in front of me,” Jonathan Helser said. “I thought, ‘Jaxon’s going to die tonight, we’re not going to see the miracle.’”
As the Helsers dove into prayer over Jaxon, a new song came out. “All of a sudden, out of my gut, this song came out in the face of the giant – ‘I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies. I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief.’” This song became an anthem for the Taylors throughout the rest of the battle over Jaxon’s life.
Making worship their weapon, more friends from the community came to the hospital room and sang over Jaxon and Addie. After several weeks in the hospital, numerous treatments and countless prayers, the Taylors were admitted to go home with two healthy children. Joel Taylor recounts his experience, “God’s timing often doesn’t make sense until you look back to see that mountains were climbed and canyons were crossed on no strength of your own. In the battle for Jaxon’s life, the global church community rose up like a mighty army and joined us in prayer and worship all over the world. Our son was miraculously healed and today is perfectly healthy.”
"Raise a Hallelujah" is a song by Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser, which was released as the second single from Bethel Music's eleventh live album, Victory (2019), on March 8, 2019. The song was written by Jake Stevens, Jonathan David Helser, Melissa Helser and Molly Skaggs. Ed Cash handled the production of the single.
"Raise a Hallelujah" is Bethel Music's as well as Jonathan and Melissa Helser's first single to breakthrough to the top ten sector of the US Hot Christian Songs chart, peaking at No. 2. The song became their first No. 1 entry on the Christian Airplay chart, and also charted on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 at No. 17, becoming the highest-charting single for all three acts. The song was nominated for Worship Recorded Song of the Year at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards.
"Raise a Hallelujah" was initially released by Bethel Music on January 4, 2019, as one of four promotional singles from Victory (2019), in the lead-up to its release which was slated for January 25, 2019. The song was born out of a spontaneous moment in worship and prayer as the Helsers processed and responded to the news that Jaxon Taylor, the son of Bethel Music chief executive officer Joel Taylor, had contracted Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) which had been caused by an E. coli infection, and was in a life-threatening situation. Joel Taylor, in an interview with Faithwire, shared that Jonathan David Helser had then recorded what was an almost complete song and sent it to him, which he then played over Jaxon, who was lying in a hospital bed, from his phone repeatedly. Over time, Jaxon fully recovered from the sickness. Joel Taylor also indicated in his interview with Faithwire that the song was never planned to be on the album, calling the song's inclusion on the album was a "last minute decision," and noted that it was being prepared for a nationwide radio debut.
The studio-recorded version of "Raise a Hallelujah" was released in digital format on March 8, 2019. The song then impacted Christian radio in the United States on March 15, 2019.
"Raise a Hallelujah" is composed in the key of D♭ with a moderate rock tempo of 82 beats per minute and a musical time signature of 4
4. The vocal range of the singers spans from A♭3 to B♭4.
Following the song's release as a promotional single, "Raise a Hallelujah" made its debut at No. 28 on the US Hot Christian Songs chart dated January 19, 2019, as published by Billboard. It concurrently debuted on the Christian Digital Song Sales chart at No. 4 that same week. Billboard reported that "Raise a Hallelujah" broke through the top ten of the Hot Christian Songs chart, debuting at No. 8 because of substantial gains in radio airplay, the feat being achieved after spending 19 weeks on the chart. The song went on to peak at No. 2 on Hot Christian Songs. "Raise a Hallelujah" became the first No. 1 Christian Airplay chart entry for Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser, reaching the peak on the August 24-dated chart.
Bethel Music released the live music video of "Raise a Hallelujah" with Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser leading the song during a worship service at Bethel Church through their YouTube channel on January 3, 2019.Melissa Helser revealed in an Instagram post that it was the first time they sang the song to Jaxon since recovering and being released from the hospital. The lyric video of the song was released on January 24, 2019, on YouTube by Bethel Music. An acoustic performance video shot on location in North Carolina, with the Helsers singing was published on YouTube on September 4, 2019.
Raise a Hallelujah - Cathedral of Faith ft. Michele Orozco - Live in the Round
From the album "Live in the Round" recorded at Cathedral of Faith in San Jose, CA.
And he hath lifted up the horn of his people, The praise of all his saints; Even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye Jehovah.
Praise ye Jehovah. Sing unto Jehovah a new song, And his praise in the assembly of the saints.
Praise ye Jehovah. Praise Jehovah, O my soul.
Praise ye Jehovah. Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good; For his lovingkindness `endureth' forever.
And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem: believe in Jehovah your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed them that should sing unto Jehovah, and give praise in holy array, as they went out before the army, and say, Give thanks unto Jehovah; for his lovingkindness `endureth' for ever.
And when they began to sing and to praise, Jehovah set liers-in-wait against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, that were come against Judah; and they were smitten.