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Sometimes I just feel like I need to kneel down during worship, but I am worried about what that might look like to others.

King Solomon knelt before God and before his people and praised God. As he did this, fire fell from heaven and the cloud of the Lord’s presence became so thick that everyone fell facedown before God in worship!

Barak Praise: To bless, to salute, to kneel or bow down

Barak praise is blessing the Lord in humility and submission. Barak means to bow before or to kneel down. Barak praise, therefore, is bowing before God in praise. One of our most well-known praise scriptures today says this:

”Praise the Lord, oh my Soul and all that is within me praise his holy name. Praise the Lord O my soul and forget not all his benefits.” – Ps. 103:1-2

The word praise in this usage is Barak, meaning to bless and to kneel before God in humble praise. It is praise for all the benefits of being saved by God: the forgiveness of sins, healing, redemption, love and compassion, satisfaction of desires, renewed youthfulness (Ps 103:3-6).

Sometimes we are overwhelmed by God’s goodness to the degree that we must fall flat out before him in praise. Bowing down, therefore, is entirely appropriate during worship.

In one of the most profound moments of worship in the Bible, King Solomon knelt (Barak) and extended his hands in worship at the dedication of the temple (2 Chron. 6:13). When he did, the glory of God came in such an overwhelming way that no one was left standing. Everyone, including ministers, musicians, and worshippers, was laid flat out in the presence of God.

Actually kneeling down in praise is a practical exercise in humility and obedience. So, if you feel like you need to kneel down during worship, just do it and don’t worry about what people might think. If the glory of God comes into the room like it did in Solomon’s day, none of us will be left standing.