Judges 5 … Consider Him, and Bless the LORD!

To bless: from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: 1288. בָּרַךְ bāraḵ: A verb meaning to bless, kneel, salute, or greet. The verb derives from the noun knee and perhaps suggests the bending of the knee in blessing.

After their great victory, Deborah and Barak lead the nation in commemorating the righteous deeds of the LORD. It was a practice of the nation, to gather in corporate worship through song and recount His faithfulness on their behalf.

And as they reflected on His deliverance, a response of gratitude, praise and worship erupts as the whole nation bows together to Bless the LORD!

Consider Him, and Bless the LORD!

  • They Blessed the LORD as they came to Him in humility.
    • Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying,

“That the leaders led in Israel,
That the people volunteered,
Bless the Lord!

  • They Blessed the LORD as they shared His praises with others.
    • “Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers!
      I—to the Lord, I will sing,
      I will sing praise to the Lord, the God of Israel.
    • “My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel,
      The volunteers among the people;
      Bless the Lord!
      10 “You who ride on white donkeys,
      You who sit on rich carpets,
      And you who travel on the road—sing! [5:9-10]
  • They Blessed the LORD as they recounted His righteous deeds.
    • “At the sound of those who divide flocks among the watering places,
      There they shall recount the righteous deeds of the Lord,
      The righteous deeds for His peasantry in Israel.

How do we respond to Him, that we too would Bless the LORD?

Billy Graham has said, “The ground is level at the foot of the cross.” In other words, none are more deserving; no one is above anyone else when we stand before Him in need of His grace and mercy.

And when we receive His gift of salvation by faith and reflect on His deliverance, a response of gratitude, praise and worship will erupt to Bless the LORD!

  • We Bless the LORD as we come to Him in humility and faith.
    • O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
      My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
      In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
      Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
      To see Your power and Your glory.
      [Psalm 63:1-2]
    • Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. [1Peter 5:6-7]
  • We Bless the LORD as we share His praises with others.
    • Come and hear, all who fear God,
      And I will tell of what He has done for my soul.
      17 I cried to Him with my mouth,
      And He was extolled with my tongue.
      18 If I regard wickedness in my heart,
      The Lord will not hear;
      19 But certainly God has heard;
      He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.
      20 Blessed be God,
      Who has not turned away my prayer
      Nor His lovingkindness from me.
      [Psalm 66:16-20]
  • We Bless the LORD as we recount His righteous deeds.
    • When I remember You on my bed,
      I meditate on You in the night watches,
      For You have been my help,
      And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
      My soul clings to You;
      Your right hand upholds me.
      [Psalm 63:6-8]
  • We Bless the LORD because He has so blessed us.
    • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, [Ephesians 1:3]
  • Because He has blessed us, we are to be a blessing to others.
    • …so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.’ [Zechariah 8:13]

Let us be a blessing to others because we have been so blessed, and may we daily consider Him, and Bless the LORD!

Let’s Grow Together!

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