How Could You Remain on your Feet? The words of Philippians 2:6-11 contain a promise of worship that is both now and still to come. Paul wrote down this promise, “that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10-11). This promise takes us into the sixth edition of our blog series on the seven BIG words for Worship.
Our big word for this edition is the Hebrew word, “barak.” The word is one of the most common words for worship, found 289 times in the Old Testament. It describes a posture of worship and means to be brought to your knees in humility and gratitude for the greatness of God. When you find this word used in one of the psalms (such as Psalm 72, 100 and 103), it will be translated into the English words, “praise or bless.” In other words, God is praised and blessed when we bow before Him in humble adoration.
You’ve probably seen movies where people take a knee in the presence of a king. I have never been in the presence of an earthly king, but because Jesus is alive, I am looking forward to one day being in the presence of the King of Kings. What about you? Will we bow down in humble adoration for the King of Kings?
Perhaps Isaiah describes it best, “‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty’” (Isaiah 6:5). Isaiah was brought low when he saw a vision of the King. Paul promises that we will bow simply at the sound of His name. We will praise His name this Sunday. May it be a “barak” moment for all of us for the greatness and glory of God! -Jason