Ways to Praise - Barak | Pastor Mike Fortune | September 28, 2019


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  1. Kneeling (Psalm 95:1-7; Psalm 72:11,15, Definition; Psalm 100:1-4; Lyrics; Revelation 4:8,10-11; Revelation 7:11; Romans 14:10-11; Daniel 3:10; Ezra 9:5; Psalm 103:1-2,20-22; Lyrics; Ephesians 3:14-17; Acts 20:36)

All Scriptures from NLT unless otherwise indicated


Psalm 95:1-7
1 Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. 3 For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. 4 He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. 5 The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. 6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel [בָּרַךְ barak] before the Lord our maker, 7 for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today!


Psalm 72:11,15

11 All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him. 15 Long live the king! May the gold of Sheba be given to him. May the people always pray for him and bless [בָּרַךְ barak] him all day long.


Barak בָּרַךְ

To bless God (as an act of adoration). To kneel. To thank.

- Chris Tomlin & Darren Whitehead, Holy Roar, p.44 (cf. James Strong, Barak בָּרַךְ Word #1288, A Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek New Testament and The Hebrew Bible, Volume 2, p.24)


Psalm 100:1-4

1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. 3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise [תְּהִלָּה tehillah]. Give thanks to him and praise [בָּרַךְ barak] his name.


O Holy Night

Fall on your knees / O hear the angel voices / O night divine / O night when Christ was born

- Placide Cappeau (1847)


Revelation 4:8,10-11

8 Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come. 10 They lay their crowns before the throne and say, 11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”


Revelation 7:11

11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God.


Romans 14:10-11

10 Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For the Scriptures say, ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.’


Daniel 3:10

10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.


Ezra 9:5

5 At the time of the sacrifice, I stood up from where I had sat in mourning with my clothes torn. I fell to my knees and lifted my hands to the Lord my God. 6 I prayed, “O my God, I am utterly ashamed; I blush to lift up my face to you. For our sins are piled higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached to the heavens."


Psalm 103:1-2,20-22

1 Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise [בָּרַךְ barak] his holy name. 2 Let all that I am praise [בָּרַךְ barak] the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 20 Praise [בָּרַךְ barak] the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands. 21 Yes, praise [בָּרַךְ barak] the Lord, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will! 22 Praise [בָּרַךְ barak] the Lord, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom. Let all that I am praise [בָּרַךְ barak] the Lord.



From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creations revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God


Ephesians 3:14-17 (NIV)

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. 


Acts 20:36

36 When he had finished speaking, he knelt and prayed with them.