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Praise Foundations,  7 Hebrew Words for Praise

Falling in Full Surrender: How to Bless God in Barak Praise

When you are walking in relationship with the Lord, you’ll find that there are many seasons and many reasons to worship and bless Him. Of course the Lord doesn’t “need” praise and worship, but He does desire the deeper intimacy that they facilitate between you and Him! 

Worship and praise create a spiritual atmosphere that invites the Lord through a willing sacrifice of thanksgiving in ministry to Him. God speaks the language of sacrifice because He gave His Son as a sacrifice.

God understands what it costs to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice” in praise to Him – and He blesses that. (Romans 12:1)

What is Barak in the Bible? 

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word “Barak” is one of the seven Hebrew words for “praise” that is translated into English most frequently as “bless” or “blessing.”

In the context of praise and worship, barak is a physical act of adoration, submissive praise, and blessing offered up to the Lord by the words of your mouth. Barak praise is typically expressed by the bending of the knees before God, or bowing down.

There are three ways barak in the Bible is seen in the original Hebrew:

  1. People barak each other – Genesis 28:1
  2. People barak God in praise – Psalm 41:13
  3. God baraks people – Genesis 5:2

In the context of praise and worship, the Hebrew word barak – to bless – is a circular word that begins with you blessing God, and God, in return, blessing you.

Scripturally speaking, it is God’s praise offered up from His people were barak praise always begins.

In Genesis 22:17, the Lord spoke to Abraham about “the blessing of blessing God” when He said,

“…in blessing (barak), I will bless (barak) you…”

This praise principle is affirmed in the New Covenant as well in Hebrews 6:14!

It is a common mistake to seek God’s hand for blessings during praise and worship, when praise and worship are centered around ministry to the Lord. God is faithful to minister blessing (barak) to His people, but receiving blessings is not the Biblical purpose of praise.

God should never be “worshipped” to obtain a result nor praised as a method by which to acquire blessings.

God should never be “worshipped” to obtain a result nor praised as a method by which to acquire blessings.

~Alicia Purdy

In Exodus 28, and throughout Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, when the Lord was establishing the ministry of the priesthood through Aaron, He spoke about the foundation of worship saying, “…minister unto Me…” over 15 times!

Under the New Covenant, Revelation 1:6 and 1 Peter 2:9 show that all believers are now “kings and priests” unto God, and that all believers are called to minister blessing (barak) to the Lord in worship.

What Does Barak Mean in Praise?

In the book of Psalms, David wrote, “I will bless (barak) the Lord at all times. His praise will continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1, MEV) There is always a reason to bless the Lord if you have a grateful heart, even in the worst of times. 

In fact, blessing God in the worst of times is a powerful battle strategy of spiritual warfare against the enemy because true praise and worship are God-focused, which keeps your eyes fixed on Him.

In Job 1:20-21, after Job had learned that all of his children had died, the first thing he did was fall down and bless God:

“Then Job stood up, tore his robe, and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshipped. He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked will I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed (barak) be the name of the Lord.”

How could Job do something like bless God on the worst day of His life? Because even when life is bad, you worship a GOOD God.

“Barak” praise to God involves the action of kneeling down with your head bowed to express not only thanksgiving, but also submission, reverence and humility.

Blessing God in the worst of times is a powerful battle strategy of spiritual warfare against the enemy because true praise and worship are God-focused, which keeps your eyes fixed on Him.

~Alicia Purdy

In God’s presence, Jesus Christ is praised through many expressions of praise and worship, but one thing they all have in common is that each form of praise is expressed physically.

Praise and worship originate within a grateful heart, but are expressed through the body as a living sacrifice. In barak praise, you bring yourself low to lift Him high.

How Do you Bless the Lord God?

As seen throughout the Bible, God is blessed in all kinds of ways as people sing praises to Him and make declarations about the name of God, or laud and celebrate Christ Jesus and what He has done, or by testifying of God’s power in their lives, or by recounting His mighty acts. 

“…forget not all His benefits…” (Psalm 103: 2)

In barak praise, according to the Scriptures, there is always a reason given for which the worshipper is blessing God. 

Psalm 103:1-5, (MEV) says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:

  • who forgives all your iniquities
  • who heals all your diseases
  • who redeems your life from the pit
  • who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies
  • who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul” is not a poetic statement written in a Holy Spirit moment on bended knee. It is a command from the spirit to the soul to fall in line and worship. In fact, everyone in the body of Christ has probably experienced this: You don’t always feel like worshipping. 

Sometimes finding ways to bless the Lord feels difficult, but in reality, it is as simple as praising Him with thanksgiving because He is worthy of praise. 

Psalm 66:8-9 says, “Oh, bless our God, you people  and make the voice of His praise to be heard…

  • who keeps our soul among the living,
  • and does not allow our feet to slip.

There is always a reason to praise the Lord! Even if you can’t see one around you now, you can look back and see one. Or you can look ahead and praise Him in faith knowing that God’s Word can be trusted!

How Your Blessing is in Your Barak Praise

Barak praise to God is a visual act of willing submission. Of course, God knows your heart, and bended knees don’t validate one’s worship, but your willingness to bring yourself low to lift Him high through a living sacrifice is the proper perspective of true worship – ministry to Him.

One of the most important keys to the spiritual power of praise is found in overcoming the flesh, presenting your body to God as a living sacrifice!

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If you can submit to God and worship Him in your darkest hours, you’re inviting Him into your situation, and giving Him your permission to bless you – as you bless Him.

Psalm 134 says:

Come, bless (“Barak“) the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless (“Barak“) the Lord. May the Lord who made heaven and earth bless (“Barak“) you from Zion.”

The Psalmist wrote that the servants of the Lord “stand by night” to bless God, in the house of the Lord, and in the sanctuary. That “stand” is the stand of faith, noted in Ephesians 6:13- “…when you’ve done all you can do- stand.”

There are two important actions in Psalm 134: 

  1. stand by night, in faith on the Word of God, and 
  2. bless the Lord ​by bowing before Him in worship.

The night seasons in life are some of the most difficult times a believer can experience and they’re the times when you’ll want to worship the least, but when praise and worship are the last thing on your mind to worship when you’re just trying to survive, that means they’re the first thing you need to do!

“…in blessing (barak) I will bless (barak) you…” (Genesis 22:17, Hebrews 6:14)

Learn more about the 7 Hebrew Words for Praise and how each one helps create strength, intimacy, and fresh revelation as you understand more about God’s plan for praise in your life!

Barak is a praise word that follows the same patters as the other Hebrew words for “praise” – an outward sign of an inward condition.

Throughout the Bible, as God’s people praise Him with a new song, of with musical instruments, or with clapping or with the extension of the hand or in a shout of “hallelujah” in unrestrained praise – many miracles take place from prison walls coming down to armies being defeated, to manifestations of God’s presence – but the purpose is always the same regardless of the outcome: Ministry to the Lord.

God is faithful to bless (barak) you, but, according to God’s covenant, your barak of the Lord is where that blessing begins!

There is an important reason why some people seem to experience a greater level of God in praise and worship than others do and it has everything to do with the submission of one’s own will. Even Jesus had to submit the will of His flesh to the will of God! (Luke 22:42)

You have as much access to God’s blessing as anyone else does, and you are blessed in Christ Jesus! But there is a unique and distinct blessing of God that comes through ministry to Him. (Genesis 22:17)

Just sing, shout, and speak words of blessing and praise to your great God. Lift high the name of Jesus! Draw closer to the Holy Spirit and invite His presence with your praise. Bow down. Lift your hands. Thank Him. Give Him glory. He’ll take care of the rest!

There’s nothing wrong with asking God for a blessing in your prayers!

  • In 1 Chronicles 4:10 Jabez said, “Oh, that You would indeed bless me and enlarge my territory!” 
  • In 2 Samuel 7:29 David said, “…And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you…when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!” 

While praising and worshipping God just to receive a blessing is wrong thinking, God will bless (barak) you when you worship how He has called you to worship because He is faithful.

Remember, praising the Lord has many different expressions, but one purpose: Ministry to Him.

Worship isn’t a feel-good time of shivers, tingles and tears. True praise and worship are a willful act of submission and putting down the flesh to lift high the King of Kings. 

Developing a lifestyle of Barak praise – bringing your flesh low to lift Him high – and a lifestyle of worship will strengthen your faith and renew your spirit and keep you connected to the vital presence of God that flows uniquely through barak praise.

Lift High the LORD! “Yadah with Praise: The Power of Lifting Your Hands to God”