1 Oh, praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, you who serve at night in the house of the LORD. 2 Lift your hands toward the sanctuary and praise the LORD. 3 May the LORD, who made heaven and earth, bless you from Jerusalem. (NLT)
"May blessed and blessing be the two words which describe our lives'.'
Blessings. After spending time in Jerusalem to worship God, the pilgrims prepare to return home. This psalm, the last of the psalms of ascent, appropriately concludes their visit to the city. With their imminent morning departure, they exhort the "servants"-the Levitical singers-to bless the Lord even in the middle of the night (v. 1). We want God to bless our lives, but it seems peculiar for us to bless him. "Think well of Jehovah and speak well of him. Adore him with reverence, draw near to him with love, delight in him with exultation:' We worship enthusiastically with hands and heart "upraised, elevated, and consecrated to the adoring service of the Lord" (v. 2). While we are expected to bless God, he will bless his people (v. 3). Using the ancient blessing given by the high priest, God blesses us "through his church, his gospel, and the ordinances of this house [church]:'
Prayer. Lord, I joyfully bless you for your majesty and holiness, your love and justice, your compassion and discipline. You are worthy of my blessing of praise. I humbly ask you to bless me. I covet your good gifts so that I may serve and glorify you. Amen.
David McKinley- Used by permission
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 133-135