TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Psalm 134:1-3 (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!”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Psalm 134 is as heart-warming as it is short.
In verse 1, the Psalmist called all servants of the Lord who worshiped at night in the Tabernacle to come and bless the Lord with him. He was enjoying his time with the Lord and wanted others to join him.
In verse 2, the Psalmist gave some instruction on what the servants of the Lord were to do as they blessed the Lord. They were to raise their hands to the holy place. As a sign of surrender, they were to lift up their hands as they looked toward the place where God’s presence abided with His people.
In verse 3, the Psalmist said that the worshipers weren’t the only ones doing the blessing. The Lord would bless them from Zion. Further, His blessings could be incredibly rewarding – He might bless them in profound ways. After all, He made the Heavens and the Earth so nothing is too difficult for Him.
So, in this Psalm, we are called to worship the Lord. But, we also realize that as we bless the Lord, the Lord will bless us. Why, then, wouldn’t we worship Him?
(On a side note, this Psalm says, “May the LORD bless you from Zion.” Zion is the name of the place upon which the temple was built. It was in Jerusalem. Kim and I have been blessed by some very generous Jesus-followers who are paying our way to visit Israel for 10 days next summer (2018). I can’t wait to visit “Mount Zion” and stand at the Wailing Wall. I will try to post many pictures and reflections to help others experience the trip with us.)