Today’s Scripture and Thought
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
7 For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand. Psalm 95:6-7
The Hebrew word to worship through kneeling is Barak.
Strong’s #1288: barak (pronounced baw-rak’)
a primitive root; to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit); also (by euphemism) to curse (God or the king, as treason):–X abundantly, X altogether, X at all, blaspheme, bless, congratulate, curse, X greatly, X indeed, kneel (down), praise, salute, X still, thank.
This flavour of praise is one that we commonly see around altars. It means to kneel down. It means to bow low as a sign of adoration and reverence. It carries with it the idea of humbling yourself to a place that is lower than the recipient of your worship (God).
Scriptures to reference: Psalm 95:6 (expresses this idea literally); Psalm 103 (uses the phrase “bless the Lord” to convey this expression)
This one might be the most physically “uncomfortable” expression to have people do, but you can have people stand up and bow or kneel right where they are. I also like to have people think about a royal court of years gone by. Have them answer what would be the first thing you’d do before approaching the throne to have an audience with a king or queen. You would bow low as a sign of reverence and deference to their power. The same applies here: we bow and kneel to outwardly express our awareness of God’s greatness.
Today’s Worship Songs
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1. Hail to the King – Citizens
2. Weight of Glory – Bryan & Katie Torwal
3. Desert Song – Hillsong
4. Just Say Jesus – 7eventh Time Down
5. On My Way to You – MercyMe
6. Humble – Audrey Assad
7. You Are Love – Laura Story
God bless and keep you – Gerry Desjardins
Today’s Worship is a ministry of The Worshipper’s Space