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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Praise (PM)

Praise: Seven Words that Could Change the Way you Worship #4
Duration:22 mins 24 secs
Praise: Seven Words that Could Change the Way you Worship

Barak – to kneel. To bless God (as an act of adoration). To praise. To salute. To thank.
  • "Barak" embodies the notion of kneeling before God, or blessing and adoring him, or recognizing one's position in relation to him.
  • Psalm 100:4, "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise 9theillah); give thanks to him and BARAK his name."
Adoration and Gratitude...
  • "Barak" is used at least 289 times in the Psalms alone.
  • Some scholars believe that in the original context it means bowing down but carried the connotation of bending low while keeping one's eyes fixed on the king.
Psalm 72:11-15
  • In "barak" even the most powerful lay aside their egos, their power, their desires and offer it to God.
  • Abraham did this Melchizedek in Genesis.
  • Psalm 103:1-2, 20-22
Change the Question...
  • Wrong Question: How was worship?
  • Right Question: How was your worship? OR How was my worship?
  • Psalm 95:6; Ephesians 3:14, Philippians 2:9-11
  • In "Halal" we offer exuberant praise, joyful and unrestrained...this can appear irreverent in the eyes of some.
  • BUT, to keep a proper perspective on the awesome nature of our holy God, we need to balance "halal" with "barak."
  • In "barak" we offer humble submissive praise. We recognize him as our Lord and kneel before him.
Revelation 7:9-12
  • Whenever the Bible describes activity in heaven, we usually find worship at the center!
What does bowing down have to do with worship?
  • The primary Hebrew word in the OT translated worship literally means to bow down.
To bow down indicates 2 things...
  1. Honor and Respect
  2. Submission
Our bowing may not always be physical but in our hearts, we MUST bow before him who is on the throne.

Think about this... human beings are the only beings within creation that resist God's voice, quench his Spirit, and refrain from exuberantly giving him praise.
  • In order to bow...we need to deal with the question: Who sits on the throne?


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