Psalm 134 - Encouraging The Servants Of God With Prayer
Psalm 134 ESV
Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who stand by night in the house of the LORD!
Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!
May the LORD bless you from Zion, He who made heaven and earth!
To “Bless the LORD”, is to speak well of God’s goodness and greatness, deep from our soul. The Psalmist sang this song to the “servants of the LORD”, the Levites, who were performing their night duties in the temple of God.
I hardly liked doing guard duties during my days in the army. While others were sleeping, we were prowling around the camp or standing at the gate doing sentry duty. Other than the occasional interruptions by the guard commander, most nights were peaceful. However, it was still a role we didn’t enjoy. It was work that went unnoticed and unappreciated.
There are many disciples who do a lot in the Kingdom, lovingly serving the Church in the background. They work silently behind the scenes while we are ‘sleeping’, their devotion usually unseen and mostly unappreciated. These include brothers and sisters who serve in various capacities... the audio-visual room, Sunday School, ushers, spiritual mentors, and more. They all play a part in making the church work and helping our spiritual family grow. They are not just serving the church, they are serving God.
“Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!” - For those among us who are serving, let’s bless the Lord. Speak well of God’s goodness and greatness, deep from our soul, like the Psalmist called the servants of God to do. The Levites were the only tribe amongst the twelve that did not receive a land inheritance of the Promised Land. Instead, “the Lord is their inheritance” (Deuteronomy 18:1-2). Our work may result in little earthly rewards for us, but God is our inheritance.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.