December 15: “Bless and Be Blessed”

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Be Still

To the best of your ability, get rid of all distractions. Take a couple of minutes to breathe deeply, to quiet yourself in the Lord’s presence. Then, prayerfully ask the Lord to speak to you in this time and let Him know that you will be listening and will make whatever adjustments He will reveal to you.

Today’s Bible Reading:

Micah 1:1–4:13
Revelation 6:1-17
Psalm 134:1-3
Proverbs 30:1-4

Listen to the Lord

Slowly and reflectively read the following verses and listen to what God will say to you through them. Then, consider writing down any insights He reveals to you.

Psalm 134:1-3 (NLT): “Oh, praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, you who serve at night in the house of the LORD. Lift your hands toward the sanctuary, and praise the LORD. May the LORD, who made heaven and earth, bless you from Jerusalem.”

Reflections from Scripture:

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 enjoyed 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. 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?

Spend Time in Prayer

Lord Jesus, You have intended for me to find my happiness in You. In fact, the happiness to be found in You is so much greater than any joy than I could find anywhere else. So help me, Lord Jesus, to cultivate an attitude of praise. Help me enjoy You, lift up my hands in praise to You, and receive from You a heart filled with the joy of a worshipper. I pray this in Your Name, Amen.


Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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