- “O come let us worship and bow down; let us kneel (barak) before the Lord our maker.” (Ps 95:6)
- “Then David said to all the assembly, “Now bless (barak) the Lord your God.” And all the assembly blessed (barak) the Lord, the God of their fathers, and bowed low and did homage to the Lord and to the king.” (1Chr 29:20)
- “I will bless (barak) the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Ps 34:1)
We’re almost to the end of this series of messages on the 7 Hebrew Words for Praise series. I’ve decided to include the link to the page that’s been a reference guide to me during this series because there’s other scripture references. So, if you should decide to investigate further into these Hebrew Words for Praise…then you can. I have really enjoyed this series. I’ve been much more inspired to challenge you, and I’ve been challenged myself by it. I don’t think I’ve had this much serious fun writing a series since our “Why Read The Bible?” Series.
Anyways, as we work to wrap up this series with the last couple of words…let me just encourage you one more time to take these messages to heart. Think about the challenge in them to let go of our pride and dignity…and stop being so ashamed to be clamorously foolish about praising the One who gave His life so that we could know and be assured of eternal life with Him.
So, let’s see what’s going to come forth from today’s message on “Barak”.
Today’s Message: “Barak”
Oh boy, I feel something brewing on the inside of me already. I think this message may become one of the better ones I’ve written in this entire series. I’m so thankful that God is speaking these things through me, and so that I continue to write only that which He would have me to write…let me just stop and ask Him for the anointing, unction, and supernatural ability that only comes by the anointing of the Holy Spirit to speak that which He would have me to say…that it would impact your lives, that He would give you ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to receive. I ask this in Jesus name…Amen.
So, let’s see what the meaning is, and how to pronounce the word, and go from there.
Barak means “to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration.”
Well, in a way, I’m thankful today because the way we say this word is how we say the President of the United States first name. That’s right it’s pronounced just like it looks…Barak. The ironic thing is that what it means, and what our Barak stands for are two totally different things when it comes to God. Perhaps if President Obama were to be more in line with what Barak means…the direction our country is headed would be entirely different. I am not, however, going to use this as a way to bash the President, but just to suggest that there’s a bit of irony in the fact that Barak means to bless God as an act of adoration, and our Barak is doing everything he can to dishonor God with his pride, arrogance, and unwillingness to bow his knee to God for anything.
Oh, man…where do we go with this message, Lord. I think as Christians we have lost the meaning of this word. It used to be common practice for us to kneel before God, but even I have to admit that it’s something that I do very little of these days. I acknowledge that I have to become more aware of the respect and adoration I am displaying before my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He deserves to have us bow our knees to Him in praise. He deserves us to bow in adoration to Him…and I should also point out that the Bible says one day ever knee will bow and ever tongue will confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
Unfortunately some are going to bow in despair as they’re told “away from me I never knew you”. Some are going to bow and it’s going to be too late. Some are going to bow for the first time, and then spend the rest of eternity regretting that they never bowed before Him before that day. I wonder at that day if some are still going to stubbornly resist to bow before Him in the same manner of defiance as they do now. I wonder if they will arrogantly thumb their noses at the God that’s about to sentence them to eternal life in hell for their lifelong rejection of Him and His Son. I wonder if at that moment they will tell God that He doesn’t exist. I wonder what that day is going to be like as all of those who thought us Jesus Freaks that we’re dillusional simpletons who believe in a God that doesn’t exist. I wonder what they’re going to do and say on that day…as they’re cast in the lake of fire for all of eternity.
Friends, let me say this as lovingly as I possibly can. Our 75-100 years of life is going to be a grain of sand in the scope of eternity. A grain of sand. All of the grains of sand in the world are still going to be as a drop of water in all of the water that covers this planet. All of the water that covers this planet is nothing compared to what a mile in our solar system is equal to…and none of it is long enough to measure how long eternity is. The 10,000 years or so our earth has existed is less than 100,000,000,000,000 of a 100,000,000,000,000th of a mila-second in the scope of the measure of time in eternity. There’s no way to measure eternity because it doesn’t begin or end, and it’s not in anyway measureable by the time restraints we have.
What am I saying? I am saying that it would be wise of us to all make sure that before that day comes where we stand before the Lord…to make sure that the first time we bow to Him as Lord isn’t on that day. I would like to challenge all of us to make sure that we take more time to bow our knees in adoration to God, and taht if we do it for no other reason than to bless God we should because He is worthy of that from us. He’s worthy of us never getting up off our knees, but all of us (myself included) need to spend more time on our knees. That’s not really a suggestion, friends. I am being serious here. We need to realize that standing before God is okay, but kneeling before Him is part of that understanding that we should bow the knee in awe of Him…OFTEN.
I know that messages that include the scope of eternity can some times be very difficult to read…they’re hard to write. It’s hard to write that there will be many, many people who will leave this world for the final time in prideful defiance to God thinking that all this stuff us Jesus Freaks talk about as far as God, Heaven, the devil, and hell are not real…but one day all these things are going to be very real to them…and when they are there…it will be too late because they will never…ever get the chance to leave there. There is no escape, no way to get out, or purgatory or anything like that. Once they are in hell…that’s where they will stay for all of the rest of eternity. There will be no more opportunities to accept what Jesus did for them on the Cross. There will be no escape. There will be no pardons or stays of execution…there will only be eternal hell fire…forever. I don’t know if you know this…but forever is a long time, friends.
So, let us be sure that we aren’t too prideful or arrogant to hit our knees now, while we still have the time and opportunity to do so. Let us be sure that we are doing our part to fulfill the great commission. We know there are still going to be many who reject Jesus, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still do our part to minister and reach the ones who will. It’s important that we recognize, like I do, that bowing the knee in adoration to God isn’t something that’s suggested or optional…but required. It’s not just a way to praise God…it’s a way to signify that we are surrendered to Him as our Lord. Just as out stretched hands are a sign of surrender to the Lordship of God…so too is the kneeling before Him.
Let’s remember to take time to bow before Him here, and that way when it’s time to bow before Him for real…it will be something we’re used to doing. Just like the rest of these Hebrew words for praise. If you think the only time we’re going to use these ways to praise God…then you might want to read more about Heaven. You might want to read about the beasts that do nothing else than praise God all day every day…and they have been doing it for all of eternity. We too are going to be praising God all day, every day for the rest of eternity…so why not practice doing it now…Amen!?!
I never like to write messages like this. It’s hard to think about the fact that millions…if not billions of people are going to be satisfied with the same death penalty that was only really meant for the devil and his angels. However, there’s going to be many, many people who will just as defiantly as Satan reject God and join their god in hell for the rest of eternity. I will not be one of them. I hope you won’t be either. I can think of no better way to close a message like this than to make sure I close it with giving those of you who haven’t yet accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior an opportunity to do so. How can you be assured that you too will spend eternity in Heaven with me, and all of those who chose to bow the knee to the Lord now? How can you be assured that your name will be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?
I would like you to visit one of the most important links on my WordPress page: http://christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com/do-you-know-jesus/
There will never be a more important decision to make than this one. I hope that if you don’t know Jesus…you will by the end of this message.
If you don’t visit the link…then please take the time to say this simple prayer. Make sure you say it out loud, and most importantly believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. I hope you will become a “whosoever that’s called upon the name of the Lord” today.
Blessings & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer
Christlike Ministries NWA
“My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 16:24 (KJV)