“And Job said, naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither; the Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
Blessed (Heb): Barak: To kneel to bless God as an act of adoration
Blessed (Gr): Eulogeo: The Divine expression of speaking, invoking as a benediction for good, and prosperity; To speak of well
In all the world there is no higher Name before whom we can kneel in honor and adoration, before whom we can speak of well than the Name of the Lord. This is a constant, eternal truism. Regardless of circumstance, situation, event; whether ecstatic or catastrophic, always in all things the Name of the Lord is to be praised and the Divine expression of that praise is as Job declared, “Blessed be the Name of the Lord”.
If ever there was a man of honor, it was Job. In all that he endured, in all that he suffered, “in all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” (Job 1:22). How many have fallen away, how many have forsaken God, how many have blasphemed and cursed our Maker due to overwhelming misfortune, calamity, and loss? It is of the quality of sainthood to “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (II Timothy 2:3), and to always in all things bless the Name of the Lord.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:3-12).
“The Lord lives and blessed be my Rock; and exalted be the God of the Rock of my Salvation” (II Samuel 22:47). “The Lord lives and blessed be My Rock and let the God of my Salvation be exalted” (Psalm 18:46). “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen” (Psalm 41:13). “Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things. Blessed be His glorious Name forever, and let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen” (Psalm 72-18-19).
Yes, blessed be the Name of the Lord. Let us, as the Psalmist emplores: “Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker” (Psalm 95:6). Let it be as David declared: “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1). Let us kneel before His Presence to bless His Holy Name to show our adoration and our praise.
Blessed Be the Name of the Lord
Many there be, however, who will not come to Christ. Many there be who will not bow before Him. Many there be who will not worship and adore Him to whom the Lord declares:
“I say unto you, ‘You shall not see Me henceforth, ’till you shall say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord'” (Matthew 23:39). Yes, Blessed be the Name.