The 6th Step Into His Presence
Let’s review the Steps into His Presence!
THE OUTER COURT
The Gate or Door Here we cry out Towdah – I will praise Him
We come through Jesus into the Presence of God
The Brass Altar Here we cry out Yawdah – I want to praise Him
We accept the Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross and we offer up our bodies as living sacrifices according to Romans 12
The Laver Here we cry out Shawbach – I’m glad I came to Praise Him!
Now we rejoice in Water Baptism and the daily cleansing of the Word of God
THE INNER COURT
The Candlestick Here we cry out Halel – I’m a flickering flame! We are on Fire for God!
The Table of Shewbread… The 12 Loaves of Bread and the 12 Cups of Wine
Here we cry out Zamar – I’m adding substance I’m praising Him with Musical Instruments, singing, hand clapping, dancing, tambourines, flags & banners!
Now we come to the Altar of Incense…
Here we cry out Barak I Bless The Lord with my mouth!
And thou shalt set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony…
And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the Altar (of Incense) before the LORD, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail: 13 And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not:
The Altar of Incense is the Place of Prayer…
The Incense burning there carried the Prayers of the Priests up to God…
And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
Our prayers are carried from the Altar of Incense in the Heavenly Tabernacle…
Up to the Throne of God!
Barak – to “Bless The Lord with your mouth”…
In the story of the Birth of John the Baptist we see his father, a Priest who was burning Incense at the Altar struck dumb… unable to Barak the Lord!!!
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. 8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, 9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
Luke 1:18-20 (KJV)
And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
Look at this… It’s a powerful way to Barak The Lord!
When you Speak in Tongues you can be “Blessing The Lord”…
1 Corinthians 14:16 If you are Praising God with your spirit (speaking in tongues), how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand, say “amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying?
Paul is giving us understanding about blessing the Lord here.
He tells us that blessing the Lord is to give thanks to God.
In addition, he adds that others can say “amen” to your thanksgiving. We should “Barak The Lord” and others should say “Amen”!
Here are some examples of Blessing The Lord and Saying “Amen”!
Praise the Lord! Amen! I Praise You Jesus!
I love you Lord! Amen! I Love you too Lord!
Lord, I need you! Yes Lord, we need you!
Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus! Amen! We Bless You Jesus!
Even just simply talking about God to yourself or to others is blessing the Lord! We need to do it all the time to keep our minds on him and not on ourselves or our problems!
Let’s Barak The Lord!
There is also another meaning of Barak… a deeper meaning…
Psalms 95:1-3; 6-7 Come, let’s sing for joy to the LORD. Let’s shout praises to the Rock who saves us. Let’s come to him with thanksgiving. Let’s sing songs to him, because the LORD is the great God, the great King over all gods.
We see several ways to Praise God in these verses but let’s look at the last verse…
Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD who made us, He is our God!
So we can see that the word Barak also means…
I’ve praised Him with my all…
I’ve given Him all I’ve got…
I can’t do anything more…
I’ve entered the Holy Hush of His Presence…
I fall down and Worship
Let’s see how this meaning is demonstrated…
2 Chronicles 5:13-14 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in Praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and Praised the Lord, saying, for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever:
That then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.
As everyone began to bless the Lord the glory of God came down in the cloud and the priests could not stand up any longer but were slain in the spirit!
That’s the kind of services I want to be in.
One where everyone blesses the Lord and gets blessed!
Let’s Barak The Lord!