Those who taught me used the word “hallelujah” as a praise. As a result, we believed that we were worshipping God. Thankfully, after relying on their teachings for most of my life, the Lord corrected me. My praise is genuine now that I know how to adore Him and I’m no longer stuck on hallelujah!
When you praise God, you honor, worship, and express admiration for/to Him. Please understand, you are NOT praising God when you say “hallelujah”, in fact, you are merely giving a command to ‘praise the Lord”! So, hallelujah is not the highest praise!