You will not find her name listed in the Biblical table of contents. She does not appear in the “Hebrews Hall of Faith.” And yet the fragrance of her influence is everywhere; emanating from an obscure Old Testament name—Barak.
Weak, fearful, trembling Barak, who declared, “unless you go with me, I will not go.”
So why would New Testament writers inscribe his name and not hers? Had not she the better part of honor? How utterly strange it all seems.
How utterly Christ-like.
What strikes me most about Deborah is her humility, her ministry of diminishment. That she would be so mightily used and so little praised is a powerful lesson to my proud heart. She laid aside her pride to walk with a man who led an army, and afterward she took up a song in celebration of the God of them all. She did not stop to debate who had actually led the defense or who deserved the glory; rather, she honored the One who had given the victory in their trembling hands, and she praised Him for using her to do it.
But that’s the carpentry of the Kingdom, isn’t it? A nail-scarred Architect and His ragtag band of broken-but-redeemed instruments. And in the construction of that Hebrews Hall, God took up the pen of Deborah’s faith, engraving Barak’s name upon the wall, and a lesson for us all.
Yes Lord, even so may it be in our lives, this ministry of blessed diminishment.
 See Hebrews 11
 Hebrews 11:32
 Judges 4:9-10
 1 Peter 2:4-8
 Ephesians 2:20-22
 Isaiah 14:13-14
 Matthew 20:20-28
 Matthew 11:11; John 3:30